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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.

Winter Birding around the Soo

Trip Dates: January 20-21 or February 10-11, 2018

Winter birding in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan can be an amazing experience.  Snowy Owls, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Rough-legged Hawks and Northern Shrikes are almost always present.  Great Gray Owls, Northern Hawk Owls, Gyrfalcons, Northern Goshawks, Hoary Redpolls, Pine Grosbeaks, Evening Grosbeaks and Bohemian Waxwings are possible. WPBO has conducted these winter trips for over 20 years.

Space is limited.  Registration begins October 27, 2017 at 9 a.m.

Register Here for the January Trip    Register Here for the February Trip


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 or 517-580-7364.


Past Workshops

October 17, 6 – 7:30 p.m. | Engaging Young Birders

Interested in engaging the next generation of birders and conservationists?  Join Michigan Audubon’s Lindsay Cain for an introduction to engaging young birders.  Educators, parents, grandparents, chapter members, and other volunteers will all benefit from these tips and tools for introducing birds and bird-related conservation to youth of all ages.  From species specific activities to general bird related resources, these skills can be used in formal educational settings and at informal meetings and events.  Come learn some new ways to engage youth in this area and share ideas and activities that have worked for you!

September 12, 7-9 a.m. | Volunteer Birding Guide Training

Interested in leading or assisting with guided bird walks? Join Michigan Audubon for a special workshop to introduce you to the world of guiding people through nature and introducing them to the world of birds around them. A walk itself, this workshop will offer an overview, plus tips and tricks along with core skills needed to become a successful, engaging volunteer birding guide.

Participants are asked to fill out a volunteer application* and commit to volunteering with Michigan Audubon as a bird guide, assistant, or event supporter at future Michigan Audubon events.

*A link to our volunteer application will be sent to you email address after you register for the workshop.

September 12, 12-1 p.m. | Backyard Bird Habitat

A backyard can be a haven for birds and wildlife, but where to start and what’s right for your backyard? Join Michigan Audubon’s Rachelle Roake for an introduction to the elements of a bird-friendly backyard. Tips for top-performing native gardens, bird feeders, and nest boxes will be covered. In a time when habitat loss is the leading threat to birds, every backyard, no matter the size, can provide important habitat. Come learn how to attract birds, butterflies, and more by creating a nature sanctuary in your own backyard.

August 8, 7-8:30 p.m. | Swifts in the City!

Have you heard chipping and chattering above your head when you’re in an urban downtown area or neighborhood? Have you seen small “bats” flying during the day time? Chimney Swifts are unique, “cigar-shaped” birds that live alongside people in many cities and neighborhoods and are easily confused with bats. They play an important role as natural pest control by consuming thousands of flying insects per day. Sadly, these birds are declining across the country, but you can help! Join us to learn about these charming city-loving birds and find out how to help through monitoring and creating habitat. The workshop will include an indoor talk followed by a short walk to a Chimney Swift roost location to witness the amazing spectacle of roosting behavior. This workshop is great for non-birders and birders alike, newbies to experts. Educators or community leaders are encouraged to attend as counting swifts in the fall is a fun, easy activity for all ages and makes for a great evening community event (“A Swift Night Out”).

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:

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:
Michigan Audubon
2310 Science Parkway, Suite 200
Okemos, MI 48864

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