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WPBO Spring Fling

Spring Fling Website

Spring Fling, April 29-30, 2017, is the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory’s annual celebration of bird migration. Expect excellent birding along with opportunities to learn more about avian migration and conservation around the Great Lakes.

For additional information, contact our Education Coordinator at lcain@michiganaudubon.org.

Tawas Point Birding Festival

Festival Website and Program Information

The 2017 Tawas Point Birding Festival, May 18-20, will feature guided birding walks at the area’s best hotspots, programs and talks by some of Michigan’s leading wildlife experts, the Michigan Audubon bookstore, and, of course, the opportunity to enjoy the company of hundreds of your fellow birders.

Tawas Point was a beacon for migrating birds long before lake-going navigators used the Point to negotiate the waters of Lake Huron. Since the event began, birders from around the country and the world have made Tawas Point their destination for Spring birding.

For additional information, contact our Education Coordinator at lcain@michiganaudubon.org.

Cerulean Warbler Weekend

Festival Website and Program Information

Mark your calendar now for June 10-11, 2017 for Cerulean Warbler Weekend, which will feature guided birding walks throughout Southwest Michigan’s best hotspots, programs and talks by local wildlife experts, and, of course, the opportunity to enjoy the company of your fellow birders.

Attendees will visit areas where they can find Cerulean Warbler, a bird whose numbers have been declining faster than any other North American songbird. Otis Sanctuary is also home to the elusive Henslow’s Sparrow.

For additional information: events@michiganaudubon.org.

Sandhill Crane & Art Festival, “Cranefest”

Festival Website and Program Information

Save the date for the 2017 Sandhill Crane & Art Festival, “CraneFest,” October 14 and 15, 2017. The event is a coordinated effort of the Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek and Michigan Audubon. The festival site is the Kiwanis Youth Conservation Area, overlooking Michigan Audubon’s 1,000-acre Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary and its centerpiece, Big Marsh Lake. The major attraction of the festival is the spectacle of thousands of Sandhill Cranes descending on the expansive, shallow wetland in the evening.

Admission is free with a small parking fee.

View our video: CraneFest – Conserving our Sandhill Cranes!