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Birding Tours

Michigan Audubon sponsored tours help raise needed funds to support research conducted at the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory and Michigan Audubon’s bird conservation efforts throughout the state. Check back here often to see what new and exciting tours are being offered.

Workshop Series

Michigan Audubon will sponsor a workshop series on the second Tuesday of each month from March through October.  Please note that there will not be a workshop in June. Each month the workshop will focus on a different topic related to birds and birding.  Different skill levels and interests will be covered throughout the year.  Workshops will be held at the Michigan Audubon Office, 2310 Science Parkway, Suite 200, Okemos MI 48864. Please direct any questions to Michigan Audubon Education Coordinator, Lindsay Cain, at lcain@michiganaudubon.org or 517-580-7364.

July 11, 6-8 p.m. | Bird Photography, Digiscoping

Bird Photography: Digiscoping vs. Traditional Camera & Lens Capture. This workshop will discuss the pros & cons of each method. Students encouraged to bring their equipment to class as part of the learning experience.

Join Wayne Pope for the July Photography Workshop.  Wayne is an adjunct photography instructor at Lansing Community College. He has been a professional photographer for 40 years in a variety of genres.  He has contributed birding articles and photos to Jack Pine Warbler. Visit his website at: waynerpope.com

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Past Workshops

May 9, 6-8 p.m. | Birding 101

Interested in exploring skills helpful to beginning birders? Join us for Birding 101, a workshop that will help you learn the basic skills to get started. Topics will include where and when to go birding, binocular use, identification tips, and much more.

Michigan Audubon is pleased to welcome Dea Armstrong as this month’s workshop leader. Dea got her MS degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources in 1998. Recently retired from 17+ years with the Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation division, she continues to be active in the Washtenaw Audubon Society, Huron River Watershed Council, and currently serves on the Michigan Audubon Board of Directors. Her passion for introducing folks of all ages to birding and birds is infectious. For the past 5 years, Dea has co-taught a field ornithology course with Michigan Avian Experience’s Francie Krawcke.

Skilled and deeply passionate on the subject, Dea is one of the best people to introduce you to the world of birding!

April 11, 6-8 p.m. | Nest Box Monitoring

Being a responsible bird “landlord” includes providing a safe nesting situation. This can be accomplished through regular nest checks, maintenance, and predator guards. During the April workshop, Gene Wasserman will cover the basics of nest box monitoring. Learn how to perform regular nest checks, safeguard against parasites and predators, and record monitoring data. As an added bonus, there will be an opportunity to construct and take home your very own nest box.

March 14, 6-9pm: How to Be a Good Purple Martin Landlord

Michigan Audubon is pleased to welcome Penny Briscoe to host the workshop, “How to be a Good Purple Martin Landlord.” Briscoe is a local expert with more than 25 years’ experience. The workshop will be held at the Michigan Audubon office. Learn how to acquire and install suitable housing, prepare nests for spring arrival, and perform regular nest checks to ensure survival of young birds. Briscoe will also share useful internet resources and discuss recording and submitting data.

Refund policy: If you must cancel your participation in a Michigan Audubon event, fees are refundable (minus a $25 processing fee) up until one month prior to the tour. If the cancellation occurs less than a month before, but more than 2 weeks before the tour, a 50% refund will apply. Cancellations occurring less than 2 weeks prior to the tour will forfeit the entire fee. Membership fees are not refundable. All refund requests must be made in writing and sent via email, or mail to:

events@michiganaudubon.org
Events
Michigan Audubon
2310 Science Parkway, Suite 200
Okemos, MI 48864

For questions about Travel and Tour Cancellation Policies, email events@michiganaudubon.org.