Fall migration has finally arrived and there are many great opportunities to hone your birding skills this season! Visit the Event Calendar to stay up-to-date on our latest birding tours and events!
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This spring, volunteers at Capital City Bird Sanctuary logged 146 hours working to improve habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and people! Volunteers did an outstanding job removing over 1,000 pounds of invasive plant species at Capital City Bird Sanctuary. One school group and seven independent volunteers battled the two biggest spring invasives: garlic mustard and dame’s rocket.
The 2014 Cerulean Warbler Weekend, a birding festival hosted by Michigan Audubon in Barry County, Michigan, featured 126 species of birds and was attend by 92 birders. The annual event takes place at Michigan Audubon’s Otis Farm Bird Sanctuary and participants are led to sites throughout Barry County, including the Barry State Game Area managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
The Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary, located in Calhoun County, was the site of a formal program held on June 20 that attracted 23 bird enthusiasts. Birdwatchers from Saginaw, West Bloomfield, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and many other cities from across southern Michigan visited the sanctuary for an organized bird walk led by Michigan Audubon Stewardship Coordinator, Rachelle Roake. They learned about the sanctuary's history, current habitat management goals, and viewed 46 species of birds, including the Michigan-Threatened Trumpeter Swan.
Michigan Audubon was recently awarded a $9,000 grant from the Capital Region Community Foundation to support improvements to the Capital City Bird Sanctuary at Hawk Valley Farm, located in Delta Township. The grant will help procurement of resources to improve the sanctuary, including the addition of interpretive signage and development of trails.