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Berrien Birding Club Events

End of Spring Group Birding Outings

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 to a site, please call (269) 471-2617 or send an email to lovecreek@berriencounty.org a day or two in advance.

Note: Additional “impromptu” early summer outings may be scheduled and will be posted on BBChat a few days in advance. (To subscribe to BBCChat visit: https://lists.berrienbirding.org/lists/info/bbcchat )

Saturday, May 20, 8:00 a.m. Birding the Edges at North Lake Park & Beyond. Tis the season for migrant warblers! We’ll start by checking the forest edges of North Lake Park in Lincoln Township. From here we’ll head to the nearby Grand Mere State Park to check forest edges around the parking lot and venture a short distance down the main trail. Then for those that want to make a full morning, we’ll check forest edges and more of the “Floral Lane” area at Warren Dunes State Park.  Meet at North Lake Park.

Tuesday, May 23, 8:00 a.m. Warren Dunes State Park—South End Birding. Today we’ll explore trails and open areas near the south end of Warren Dunes State Park. Highlights from this area in past years have included Prairie and Worm-eating Warblers and Summer Tanager. Meet at the picnic shelter parking lot along the road between the park office and campground. (State Park entry fee or Recreation Passport required.)

Thursday, May 25, 8:30 a.m. Kesling Preserve & Lakeside Road. Floodplain forests along Forest Lawn and Lakeside Roads can be good for a variety of migrant warblers, as well as special breeders like Yellow-throated and Cerulean Warblers. Meet at the entrance to the Kesling Preserve on Forest Lawn Road to begin an exploration of both areas. (Restrooms are not available here, so a stop en route is recommended.)

Saturday, May 27, 7:30 a.m. Michiana Marsh Meander. We’ll start at Galien River County Park where we’ll check for birds from the canopy walkway and marsh boardwalk. From here we’ll head south into Indiana to    explore the Beverly Shores area of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, where public access to the Great Marsh has greatly improved. We plan to enjoy a full morning at these locations. Bring water and a sack lunch and meet at Galien River County Park.

Monday, May 29, 7:30 a.m. Memorial Day Lakewatch. It wouldn’t be Memorial Day without a trip to the beach, right?  Before the crowds arrive join us at the New Buffalo Public Beach as we watch for late migrating shorebirds, gulls and terns. From here we’ll head inland to check the Three Oaks ponds and a field where we hope to find flashy Bobolinks in display flight.

Saturday, June 3, 7:00 a.m. Kankakee Sands Road Trip. The Kankakee Sands area of northwest Indiana is only an hour and a half drive from New Buffalo, but host to several bird species we rarely see in Michigan,  ncluding Bell’s Vireo, Blue Grosbeak and Lark Sparrow. Other species often encountered in good numbers in the grasslands and open oak forest here include Grasshopper and Henslow’s Sparrows, Dickcissels, White-eyed Vireo and Orchard Oriole.  If you’re up for a fun day of birding in an interesting area and don’t mind the early start, please join us! Meet in the parking lot at Galien River County Park to car caravan to the location. Participants should bring a sack lunch and $10 gas reimbursement if you ride share.

 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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