Tuesday, Oct. 7—9:00 a.m. Chikaming Twp. Park. The trails and woodland edges here can be great locations to locate mid-fall landbird migrants. Meet at the front entrance parking area (adjacent to the community garden). We’ll explore this area first and then drive to the interior lot and walk from there. The park is located on Warren Woods Road, west of Warren Woods State Park.
Saturday, Oct. 11—9:00 a.m. Migrant Traps & Hotspots. Isolated patches of trees and brush along Lake Michigan often provide cover for migrant land birds and it can be fun exploring to see just what species might be present. (A Brown Creeper at the beach?) Today we’ll explore a few such locations along the St. Joe waterfront, as well as one or more additional locations that can be good for land bird migrants near the shoreline. Meet at Silver Beach County Park in the north parking lot.
Tuesday, Oct. 14—9:00 a.m. SW County Birding. When birding southwest Berrien County, the beach at New Buffalo is always a good location to start. After watching for lakeshore migrants here, we’ll head inland to check Galien River County Park and the Three Oaks wastewater ponds for additional species. Meet at the New Buffalo Public Beach.
Tuesday, Oct. 21—9:00 a.m. Migrant Traps & Hotspots. See Oct. 11 for outing information.
Saturday, Oct. 25—9:00 a.m. SW County Birding. See Oct. 14 for outing information.
Tuesday, Oct. 28—9:00 a.m. SW County Birding. See Oct. 14 for outing information.
Saturday, Nov. 1—8:30 a.m. A Saturday Lakeshore Birding Adventure. Today we are planning a full morning of birding along Berrien County’s Lake Michigan shoreline—and then some. Our plan is to start in St. Joseph and work as far south as New Buffalo. Along the way we’ll visit some of our favorite birding overlooks and beaches. Bring a sack lunch and join us for all or part of the day as your schedule permits. Meet at Tiscornia Beach.
Friday, Nov. 28—9:00 a.m. SW Berrien Lakeshore & the Three Oaks Ponds. Join us for a morning of early winter birding in southwest Berrien County. We’ll start at the New Buffalo Public Beach by scanning the rock jetties for the elusive Purple Sandpiper. We’ll also check for migrant waterfowl offshore, before heading off to check nearby lakeshore overlooks and the Three Oaks ponds for additional ducks, grebes and loons.
Saturday, December 6—9:30 a.m. Berrien Springs Area Birds and Lunch! Today we’ll conclude the Fall field trip season by exploring a few locations along the St. Joseph River in the Berrien Springs area that typically host a variety of wintering and lingering migrant land birds. In late morning we’ll make our way to Love Creek to enjoy a lunch provided by the BBC, while we watch for birds at the feeders! 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; Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Matt Hysell