May 10 - 17 Berrien's Big Birding Week!
Saturday, May 10, 8:00 a.m. North Lake Park and Lincoln Township Park. You can’t go wrong with these two locations on a May morning. After we check North Lake Park’s woodland and wetland edges, we’ll make the short trip to Lincoln Township Beach to bird the woods and marsh along the entrance road. Meet at North Lake Park
Sunday, May 11, 9:00 a.m. Galien River County Park. Join us for our first birding expedition to this new county park. A canopy walkway, marsh boardwalk, river overlook and woodland trails should produce many birds. Meet at Galien River Co. Park
Monday, May 12, 8:30 a.m. Galien River Woodlands. This morning we’ll watch for warblers and others in woodlands along the inland stretches of the Galien River. We’ll begin with roadside birding along Forest Lawn and Lakeside Roads in Three Oaks Township. Later we’ll walk a loop in Warren Woods State Park. Meet at Kesling Preserve entrance on Forest Lawn Road
Tuesday, May 13, 8:00 a.m. Warren Dunes State Park. We’ll start at the group picnic shelter and walk into open dunes to enjoy the morning migration flight. Then we’ll make the short drive to the youth camp parking area to walk the famous Yellow Birch Trail in search of warblers and more. Meet in Group Shelter parking lot
Wednesday, May 14, 9:00 a.m. Beaver Point Birding. Today we’ll explore Beaver Point on the Andrews University Campus. A variety of warblers and thrushes are possible and we’ll hope to see this location’s star attraction—the Prothonotary Warbler. Meet in the Apple Valley Market lot
Thursday, May 15, 10:30 a.m. Mid-Morning on the Sarett Prairie. Sarett Nature Center’s Prairie can be a great place to see a variety of grassland birds and you don’t have to stand on a road edge. They have trails! Meet at the Prairie Trail entrance
Friday, May 16, 8:00 a.m. Birding the Center of the World & Beyond. Join us for a road trip in the Sawyer & New Troy areas. We’ll introduce you to a couple of good birding cemeteries and roadside locations. Pine Warbler, Cliff Swallow, and Red-headed Woodpecker are all possibilities. Meet in TA Travel Center parking lot in Sawyer (Exit 12)
Saturday, May 17—26th Annual SW Michigan Team Birdathon. Yee-haw, the big day is here!
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