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Berrien Birding Club Events

 Early Fall Group Birding Events

Tuesday, September 1—8:00 a.m.  New Buffalo Lakefront and Galien River County Park.  We’ll start by checking from the New Buffalo Public Beach for migrant shorebirds and waterbirds. Then we’ll make the short drive to Galien River County Park. The parking lot edge, woodland trails, boardwalks and canopy walkway should provide excellent fall birding. Meet at New Buffalo Public Beach.

Saturday, September 5—8:00 a.m.  Silver Beach and a South Pier Walk. Before the Labor Day crowds arrive we’ll scan the beach and take a walk on the South Pier to watch for gulls, terns, shorebirds and others in flight along the lakeshore. We’ll also scan across the river to the North Pier. It’s currently closed to the public, which makes it an ideal spot for birds to pause and rest undisturbed. Meet at the Dunes Pavilion at Silver Beach County Park in St. Joseph.  (Use parking areas to the right of gate house.) Vehicle entry fee required.

Sunday, September 6—8:30 a.m. Fall Warblers at Warren Dunes. Warblers and other songbird migrants should be moving through southwest Michigan now, many en route to wintering grounds in the tropics. Today we’ll search for them along the forest edges of Floral Lane and the youth camping area at the north end of Warren Dunes State Park. Meet at the Youth Camping/Trailhead parking lot on Floral Lane.  (Floral Lane is a small side road on west side of Red Arrow Highway, 1.5 miles north of main park entrance.)

Monday, September 7—8:00 a.m. New Buffalo   Labor Day Waterbird Watch. Sometimes the best way to see migrants along the lakeshore is to just be patient and wait for them to come by. This morning we’ll do just that for an hour or two! Bring a beach/folding chair if you like and meet on the beach at the New Buffalo Public Beach.

Saturday, September 12—8:30 a.m. Tiscornia Beach and Beyond. Tiscornia Beach in St. Joseph has a well-known history as an excellent fall birding location, so we’ll meet here today to check for lakeshore migrants. Depending on the lakeshore birding activity, we may also explore  nearby locations for land bird migrants. Meet at Tiscornia Beach Park. Vehicle Entry Fee required.

Saturday, September 19—8:30 a.m. Galien River County Park and New Buffalo Beach. Today we’re going to switch things around by starting at Galien River County Park. We’ll explore for woodland and wetland migrants along the boardwalk trails and from the Marsh Overlook Tower. Then when we’re done here we’ll head for the New Buffalo Public Beach to see what shorebirds, gulls or terns have settled on the beach or inner harbor. Time permitting we’ll wrap up with a check of the Three Oaks ponds for shorebirds or early waterfowl.  Meet on the Marsh Tower at Galien River County Park. (Follow signs from the parking lot.)

Tuesday, September 22—8:30 a.m. St. Joseph   Lakefront Parks.  Today we’ll explore lakefront parks on both sides of the St. Joseph River mouth. We’ll check the beaches for gulls, terns and shorebirds, watch offshore over Lake Michigan and explore patches of trees and shrubs for warblers and other landbird migrants. Meet at the Dunes Pavilion in Silver Beach County Park. (Turn right at gatehouse and park in one of the north lots.)

Saturday, September 26—8:30 a.m. Galien River County Park. Join us for a casual, full morning exploration of the Galien River County Park for fall migrants. We’ll meet on the Marsh Tower where we can watch for birds flying along the river and scan treetops for birds perching in the early morning sun. Then we’ll explore along walkways and woodland ridges for additional migrants.  Meet at Galien River County Park and follow trail signs to the Marsh Tower.

Tuesday, September 29—8:30 a.m.  New Buffalo Lakefront and Galien River County Park.  We’ll start by checking from the New Buffalo Public Beach for migrant shorebirds and waterbirds. Then we’ll make the short drive to Galien River County Park. Time permitting we’ll end with a visit to the Three Oaks water treatment ponds. Meet at New Buffalo Public Beach.

Saturday, October 3—8:30 a.m. Tiscornia Beach and Beyond. We’ll start at Tiscornia today to check for lakeshore migrants. Depending on the lakeshore birding activity, we may also explore  nearby locations for land bird migrants. Meet at Tiscornia Beach Park. Vehicle Entry Fee required.

Tuesday, October 6—8:30 a.m. Weko Beach and Warren Dunes State Park. We’ll start with lakeshore birding at Weko Beach in Bridgman and then we’ll head to the north part (Floral Lane) of Warren Dunes State Park to check for woodland migrants. Meet at Weko Beach—at the west end of Lake Street in Bridgman.

Saturday, October 10—8:30 a.m. New Buffalo Lakefront and Galien River County Park. We’ll start again at the New Buffalo Public Beach checking for migrant shorebirds and waterbirds, followed by a search for landbirds at Galien River County Park. Then we’ll check the Three Oaks water treatment ponds. Meet at New Buffalo Public Beach .

 

 For directions to any field trip location, please email Love Creek call (269) 471-2617 at least a day ahead of time.

Photo Credits: Lakeshore Birders, Charley McKelvy; Black-throated Blue Warbler, Matt Hysell

 

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