The Biggest Little Birding Festival in the Midwest

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!

May 16-18, 2019.

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

2019 Species List

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. Many of these species were repeatedly seen at the Tawas Point State Park, 686 Tawas Beach Rd, East Tawas. In 2019, participants were able to record 178 species throughout the festival!

The 2019 festival included guided tours of local hotspots, a birding 101 workshop, bird identification workshops, and opportunities for birders to network and socialize.

View the full 2019 TPBF schedule of events

Thank you to our 2019 Tawas Point Birding Festival Sponsors!

Eastern Whip-poor-will $1000+

DTE Foundation

Bald Eagle $500

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council

Kirtland’s Warbler $250

Bill Roth

Mooney’s Ben Franklin

Neiman’s Family Market

Oscoda Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Scofield Real Estate LLC

Stephenson & Company, PC

Tawas Bay Big Boy and Northwoods Steakhouse

Thunder Bay Audubon Society

Trumpeter Swan $100

Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union

Arnold Leriche

Barnacle Bill’s

Big Bob’s Restaurant & Pizzeria

Camp Inn Lodge

Cathy’s Hallmark

East Tawas City Park

Gingerich Feed & Implements, Inc.

Hsing’s Garden Chinese Restaurant

McDonald’s of Tawas

Michigan Ducks Unlimited

Mr. Jack’ss Sports Bar & Grill

Peggy Ridgway

Pine River VanEtten Lake Watershed

Plainfield Township

Rainbow Gardens

Tawas Bay Insurance Agency

Tawas Do-It Best Hardware & Lumber

Tri-County Agency, Inc.

Village Chocolatier

Whitetail Cafe

Wojahn Floor Covering, Inc.

Scarlet Tanager $50

Bernard Building Center

Branham’s Jewelry Store

Brew Krew

Colvin’s Plumbing & Heating

Feminist Bird Club Michigan

Freel’s Market

G’s Pizzeria

Holistic Pampered Pets

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

Tawas Bay Art Gallery