Late Fall Group Birding Events
Join us for one or more of the Berrien Birding Club outings listed below. Our groups are friendly and fun! Park entry fees may be in effect at some locations, but otherwise there are no fees required to participate. If you have questions about an outing or need directions, please call (269) 471-2617 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org a day or two in advance.
Tuesday, Sept 27, 6:00 p.m. Member Potluck & Evening Birding at New Buffalo Twp. and Galien River County Parks. Bring an item or dish to share and meet in the pavilion of the New Buffalo Township Park (across from entrance to Galien River County Park.) After a dinner together we’ll do some easy evening birding from the trails and overlooks in the township park and across the road at Galien River County Park. We’ll conclude at dark by attempting to bring one of the resident Eastern Screech Owls into view for all!
Saturday, October 1, 8:30 a.m. Southwest Berrien County Birding. We’ll start at the New Buffalo Public Beach watching for birds migrating over Lake Michigan and along the beach and dunes. Then we’ll head to Galien River County Park, Chikaming Township Park or the Three Oaks ponds in search of a different mix of birds. Meet at the New Buffalo Public Beach—and remember to prepare for colder lakeshore temps and winds!
Saturday, October 8, 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 that can act as migrant traps for landbird migrants. Meet in the north parking lot at Silver Beach County Park.
Saturday, October 15, 8:30 a.m. Warren Dunes State Park. Yellow-rumped Warblers, kinglets, creepers, sparrows and such are all possible landbird migrants in mid-October. Today we’ll search for these and others along trails and forest edges at the north end of Warren Dunes. Meet in the youth camp parking lot on Floral Lane, 1.5 miles north of the main park entrance on Red Arrow Highway.
Saturday, Oct 22, 8:30 a.m. Southwest Berrien County Birding. See October 1 for outing description. Meet at the New Buffalo Public Beach.
Tuesday, October 25, 8:30 a.m. Rocky Gap and Jean Klock Parks. We’ll explore these two lakeshore parks north of the St. Joseph River mouth today for both waterbirds and land bird migrants. We’ll start at Rocky Gap and then work south to Jean Klock. Meet in the upper parking area at Rocky Gap County Park on Rocky Gap Road in Benton Twp.
Saturday, October 29, 8:30 a.m. Rocky Gap and Jean Klock Parks. A repeat for the weekend crowd! See above for details.
Saturday, Nov 5, 8:30 a.m. Southwest Berrien County Birding. See October 1 for outing description. Meet at the New Buffalo Public Beach.
Saturday, Nov 19, 8:30 a.m. Berrien Lakeshore Birding Adventure. Our plan today is to start in St. Joseph and work as far south as New Buffalo visiting our favorite overlooks and beaches! Join us for all or part of the day. Meet at Tiscornia Beach.
Saturday, Nov 26, 9:00 a.m. SW Berrien Lakeshore & Three Oaks Ponds. For Thanksgiving weekend birding we’ll explore the New Buffalo harbor and beach, a few lakeshore overlooks north of New Buffalo, and the Three Oaks ponds. Rarities we can always hope for include Purple Sandpiper and Snowy Owl. Meet at the New Buffalo Public Beach.
Saturday, December 3, 9:00 a.m. Berrien Springs Area Birds and Lunch! We’ll conclude the Fall field trip season at one or more Berrien Springs area locations that typically host lingering migrant land birds. Then in late morning we’ll make our way to Love Creek to enjoy a lunch provided by the BBC! Please call (269) 471-2617 to register in advance. Meet at Love Creek Nature Center.
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