Tawas Bird Fest

Coming May 17-19, 2018: Tawas Point Migration 2018, sponsored by AuSable Valley Audubon

AuSable Valley Audubon, a chapter of Michigan Audubon, will host a new spring birding event in Iosco County on May 17-19. Home to Important Bird Areas of Tawas Point and the AuSable River, this area is a birder’s mecca in the spring. A typical spring weekend species count can reach 175. Check out www.ausablevalleyaudubon.org for more information.

Learn more about Tawas Point Migration 2018

The Biggest Little Birding Festival in the Midwest

The Michigan Audubon Tawas Point Birding Festival returns May 16-18, 2019.

Come to Michigan’s Sunrise Coast to enjoy spring birding at its best, attend presentations on the latest birding topics, hone your birding skills, and learn about avian conservation work in Michigan.

The Tawas Point Birding Festival is a Michigan Audubon Signature Event that is supported by the local chapter, AuSable Valley Audubon.

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 160 species were recorded during the festival weekend in 2016.

View the 2017 TPBF Species List



Kirtland’s Warbler $250

Bay Inn | Gilbert Drug Store | Mr. Jack’ss Sports Bar & Grill | Oscoda Area Convention & Visitors Bureau | Oscoda Baptist Church | Sanctuary Bird & Nature ToursStephenson & Company, PCTawas Bay Big Boy & Northwoods Steakhouse | Vanguard

Trumpeter Swan $100

Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union | Barnacle Bills | Big Bob’s Restaurant | Branham’s Jewelry | Camp Inn Lodge | City of East Tawas/East Tawas City Park | Dean Arbour Chevrolet & Quality North Chevy Dealers | Ducks Unlimited | G’s Pizzeria and Deli | Gingerich Feed & Implements, Inc. | Hsing’s Garden Chinese Restaurant | Kocher’s Market | Neiman’s Family Market | O’Connor’s | Peggy Ridgway | Plainfield Township | Rainbow Gardens | Scofield Real Estate | Tawas Bay Insurance Agency | Tawas Hardware, Inc. 1322 | Thunder Bay Audubon | Village Chocolatier | Wiltse’s Brew Pub & Family Restaurant

Baltimore Oriole $75

Always a Holiday! Bed and Breakfast | Arnie Leriche | Cathy’s Hallmark | Freel’s Market | John L. Lesneski D.D.S | Mama’s Country Kitchen | Mangos Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Bar | Whitetail Cafe | Wojahn Floor Covering Inc.

Scarlet Tanager $50

Alward’s Market | Bernard Building Center Inc | Colvin’s Plumbing & Heating | Hale Insurance Agency | Huron Community Bank | Jeffrey M. Chadwick, O.D., P.C. | Kathy Jane’s Boutique | Kirtland’s Warbler Audubon Society | McDonald’s of Tawas | Oscoda/Ausable Chamber of Commerce | Richard Yarsevich | Rogers Family Foods & ACE | Straits Area Audubon Society | Susan & Ed Davis | Tawas Bay Art Gallery | Tri-County Agnecy Inc | Young’s Getaway Beachfront Resort