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WPBO Spring Fling

Spring Fling Website

Spring Fling, April 28-29, 2018, is our annual celebration of bird migration at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. 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

Tawas Point Birding Festival

Festival Website and Program Information

The next Tawas Point Birding Festival is scheduled for May 16-18, 2019. This festival will feature guided birding walks at the area’s best hotspots, programs and talks by some of Michigan’s leading wildlife experts, 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

Cerulean Warbler Weekend

Festival Website and Program Information

Mark your calendar now for June 2-3, 2018 for Cerulean Warbler Weekend, which will feature guided birding walks throughout Southwest Michigan’s best hotspots, environmental education programming and walks for kids, and a tour of the Otis Farm Bird Sanctuary.

Attendees will visit areas where they can spot the 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 and the threatened Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake.

For additional information, please email

Sandhill Crane & Art Festival, “Cranefest”

Festival Website and Program Information

Save the date for the next CraneFest: October 13-14, 2018. 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!