Michigan Young Birders Club takes flight!
Michigan Audubon launched the club in 2013 and this year a schedule of monthly programs is underway! With the assistance of Sarah Toner and advice from the staff at Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO), MIYBC has joined 12 other states and five regional Young Birder Clubs in the country.
MIYBC membership is for youth ages 12–18. It is a club run by young birders, for young birders, and focuses on educating young birders about birds and conservation. An Advisory Board decides on the schedule of programs and the division of tasks amongst the members.
Members are creating their own online newsletter and helping administer the club’s social networking sites. Planning a conference with presentations given by members and other young birders will also be on their agenda in the near future. The Club will be overseen by Program Coordinator Wendy Tatar.
MIYBC membership is $15 and $10 for additional members of the same family. Operation of the club won’t be possible without the help of adults. There is a supporting adult membership ($20), which will receive the online newsletter. Funds generated by adult support will go to fund the club’s activities and hopefully build an account that can one day support scholarships for members to attend conferences and camps around the country. Adult mentors are called on to lead birding trips and provide transportation to field trips and programs. A few adults are seated on the Advisory Board for oversight.
Download the club's quarterly newsletter, The Michigan Merlin, and keep up to date with our young birders!