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Berrien Birding Club Events

Fall migration is underway, so it’s time to get our group birding events back up and running. Our outings are open to everyone—members and nonmembers alike— and you’ll always find a friendly group that shares your enjoyment of birds. Please join us in the field!

Saturday, August 23—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 edges of the parking lot, woodland trails, boardwalks and canopy walkway should provide excellent fall birding. Time permitting we’ll end with a visit to the Three Oaks water treatment ponds. Meet at New Buffalo Public Beach.

Tuesday, August 26—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.

Beginning Wednesday, August 27—9:00 a.m. Weekly Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery Birding. The Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery in Van Buren County hosts ponds, wetlands and forest edges – a great migration birding mix! Join BBC member Dixie Burkhart for one or more of these Wednesday walks through early October. Meet in the Visitor Center parking lot.  For more information, send Dixie a note at dixieburk@aol.com. (Notices of cancellation will be posted on BBC Chat.)

Sunday, August 31—8:00 a.m. Labor Day Weekend 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 a couple of hours! Bring a beach/folding chair if you like and meet at the New Buffalo Public Beach.

Saturday, September 6—8:00 a.m. Weko Beach and Warren Dunes State Park. We’ll start at Weko Beach in Bridgman, where we may take a short walk on the beach to the mouth of Tanner’s Creek or climb the boardwalk stairs for a bird’s eye view of the shoreline. Then we’ll head to the north part of Warren Dunes State Park to check for woodland migrants along the forest edges of Floral Lane and the youth camping area. Meet at Weko Beach—at the west end of Lake Street in Bridgman.

Tuesday, September 9—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 in the north parking lot at Silver Beach County Park.

Sunday, September 14—8:30 a.m. Galien River County Park. Join us for a casual, full morning exploration of the new 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 16—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, September 20—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, September 23—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, September 27—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.

Tuesday, September 30—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, watch offshore over Lake Michigan and explore patches of trees and shrubs that can act as migrant traps for warblers and other landbird migrants. Meet in the north parking lot at Silver Beach County Park.

Saturday, October 4—8:30 a.m. New Buffalo Lakefront and Galien River County Park.  This routine should be obvious now, but we think it’ll be worth repeating often! Meet at the New Buffalo Public Beach and dress for chilly October breezes.

 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; Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Matt Hysell

 



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