The Biggest Little Birding Festival in the Midwest

May 16-18, 2019.

Come to Michigan’s Sunrise Coast to enjoy spring birding at its best, attend birding walks and tours, brush up on your bird identification skills, and support conservation efforts in the state of 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.

The 2019 festival will include guided tours of local hotspots, a birding 101 workshop, bird identification workshops, and opportunities for birders to network and socialize. Festival headquarters will be at the Tawas Bay Beach Resort, 300 E Bay St, East Tawas. Tours will either begin here or at Tawas Point State Park, 686 Tawas Beach Rd, East Tawas.

View the full 2019 TPBF schedule of events
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Thank you to our 2019 Tawas Point Birding Festival Sponsors!

Eastern Whip-poor-will $1000+

Carroll Broadcasting

DTE Foundation

Bald Eagle $500

Kirtland’s Warbler $250

Mooney’s Ben Franklin

Neiman’s Family Market

Scofield Real Estate LLC

Tawas Bay Big Boy and Northwoods Steakhouse

Trumpeter Swan $100

Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union

Barnacle Bill’s

Cathy’s Hallmark

East Tawas City Park

Hsing’s Garden Chinese Restaurant

McDonald’s of Tawas

Michigan Ducks Unlimited

Peggy Ridgway

Pine River VanEtten Lake Watershed

Tawas Bay Insurance Agency

Tawas Do-It Best Hardware & Lumber

Tri-County Agency, Inc.

Whitetail Cafe

Scarlet Tanager $50

Bernard Building Center

Branham’s Jewelry Store

Colvin’s Plumbing & Heating

Feminist Bird Club Michigan

Freel’s Market

Huron Community Bank

Jeffrey Chadwick, O.D., P.C.

John L. Lesneski DDS

Kathy Jane’s Boutique

Kirtland’s Warbler Audubon Society

Klenow’s Market


Susan and Ed Davis

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