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Berrien Birding Club Events

2017 Mid-Fall Group Birding Events

Tuesday, September 12, 8:30 a.m. Galien River County Park and New Buffalo Beach. Today we’re going to switch things around by starting at Galien River County Park. We’ll explore for migrants along the boardwalk trails and the Marsh Overlook Tower. Then we’ll head for the New Buffalo Public Beach to see what shorebirds, gulls or terns have settled on the beach or inner harbor. Meet at Galien River County Park.

Saturday, September 16, 9:00 a.m. Chikaming Township Park. We’ll start today at the Chikaming Twp. Park & Preserve on Warren Woods Road. The forest edges and old fields here are good location for fall landbird migrants.  Later we’ll make the short trip to the Three Oaks wastewater ponds to see what shorebirds or waders are present. Meet at the entrance parking lot (by community garden) at Chikaming Township Park on Warren Woods Road.

Saturday, September 23, 10:00 a.m. Late Warblers & Wildflowers at Sarett. Today we’ll wander some of the trails at Sarett Nature Center in search of late September landbird migrants, as well as wetland wildflowers. (Sarett’s lowland trails can be great for these end of season flowers!) And course we’ll also check the feeders for finches, sparrows and such. Meet at the Sarett Nature Center. (Entry fee for nonmembers - $3)

Tuesday, September 26, 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 at the Dunes Pavilion in Silver Beach County Park. (Turn right at gatehouse and park in one of the north lots.)

Sunday, Oct 1, 9:00 a.m. Warren Dunes State Park. We’ll check the edges of the Youth Camp field, the Yellow Birch Trail and possibly some of the open dunes for fall warblers and other landbird migrants today. Meet at the state park’s Youth Camp/Trailhead parking lot on Floral Lane.

Tuesday, Oct 3, 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 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, Oct 7, 8:30 a.m. New Buffalo Beach Birding & the Three Oaks Ponds. We’ll start with a lakewatch from the public beach in New Buffalo, checking the beach, harbor and offshore waters for migrant water and shorebirds. Then we’ll head for the Three Oaks wastewater ponds to check for lingering shorebirds and early waterfowl on the lagoons. Meet at the New Buffalo Public Beach.

Tuesday, Oct 10, 9:00 a.m. Chikaming Township Park. See Sept. 16 for outing description. By now the sparrow migration should be going strong and Chikaming can be a good location to see several species.

Saturday, Oct 14, 8:30 a.m. St. Joseph Lakefront Parks.  See Sept. 26 for outing description. The lure of the lakeshore is hard to resist!

 

 

 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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