The Tawas Point Birding Festival features 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 offers a diverse array of bird-rich habitats, from shorebirds and water bird species on Lake Huron to songbirds and marsh species at Tuttle Marsh. High concentrations of migrating warblers make the Point a must-visit for spring birding. With a unique schedule of tours, programs, and presentations by leading experts, you can hone your birding skills and get updates about avian conservation work happening across Michigan.
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.
Festival participants enjoy some of the best birding in the Great Lakes region; Tawas Point is well known for high concentrations of migrating warblers during the month of May. Species highlights have included Kirtland’s Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, White-crowned Sparrow, numerous raptors, shorebirds, and more. Over 150 species were recorded during the festival weekend in 2016.