There are 35 active local chapters of Michigan Audubon. Many of them are leading birding field trips this summer and welcome non-member participation! Are looking to hone your birding skills, meet new birders, or just bird a new area? Then a chapter-led field trip may be just what you're looking for. Grab your binoculars and field guides and plan for one of these upcoming opportunities to bird Pure Michigan.
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The Piping Plover is a small, stocky shorebird, similar in size to the American Robin that blends well with its beach habitat having a sandy colored body, white underside and distinct orange legs. During the breeding season the plover has a black forehead and breast band with an orange bill.
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On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, a group of sophomores from Lansing Christian High School improved the trail system, pulled garlic mustard and helped prepare the community garden at Michigan Audubon's Capital City Bird Sanctuary. The students’ service was part of the Lansing Christian School's service week. The enthusiastic students combed through eight acres of riparian zone habitat to clear it of invasive garlic mustard and remove trash that washed up from the Grand River. Waste removed from the river included an old television, a reclining chair, a newspaper stand and a tricycle.
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Learn more about issues that affect birds and their habitats in Michigan, and what you can do to help protect them.
The Kirtland’s Warbler, also commonly referred to as the Jack Pine Warbler, is a small, neo-tropical migratory songbird and one of the rarest members of the wood warbler family. First observed in Michigan in 1903, this bird is unique to the state for several reasons and has a long, challenging history. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) the bird has likely never been overly abundant due to its restricted habitat and inability to adapt to a changing environment.
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