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FIELD tripS:

Magee Marsh State Wildlife Area (Oregon, OH)
April 19, 2014 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m.
Leader: Richard Quick
We will get the early spring migrants without the crowds at this famous birding locale.
For directions, visit FIELD TRIPS

A Wonderful Opportunity for a Young Birder—
July 14-20, 2014

Again this year, Detroit Audubon Society is offering a scholarship opportunity to a young birder in Southeastern Michigan. This year’s scholarship will be fully-paid tuition to attend Camp Colorado, based out of Estes Park, Colorado (bordering majestic Rocky Mountain National Park) from July 14-20, 2014, presented by the American Birding Association.
The Program: Our scholarship recipient will have the opportunity to take his or her birding skills to the next level, meet other young people with similar interests, explore careers in birding and ornithology, and learn about the bird life and natural history of northern Colorado. White-tailed Ptarmigan, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Mountain Plover, Burrowing Owl, Williamson’s Sapsucker, McCown’s and Chestnut-collared longspurs, and Brown-Capped Rosy Finch, to name just a few species, will be target birds that campers will look for in the diverse ecosystems to be explored on fabulous field trips led by ABA staff and guest instructors. Terrific educational workshops will enhance the experience.
Participants: The camp is open to young birders aged 13 to 18 (and is limited to 20 participants).
The Scholarship: Detroit Audubon Society will cover the tuition costs, which include lodging, meals, field trips, classes, and transportation to and from Camp from Denver International Airport, for the selected individual. The cost of airfare to Denver (DEN) and back to Detroit (DTW) will NOT be covered and so will be the responsibility of the scholarship recipient. Prior scholarship recipients will not be eligible for consideration.
Applications: The application form is available for printout HERE. Detroit Audubon will be accepting applications through April 15, 2014. Applications should be submitted electronically to The form requests a short written statement describing the applicant’s current bird-related activities and skills, and a statement of his or her reasons for wanting to attend this program. In addition, the application form requests a statement of permission and support from the applicant’s parent or guardian. A small number of finalists will be contacted for personal interviews. The scholarship winner will be selected by May 2, 2014.

The Detroit Audubon Society serves its 6000-plus members almost exclusively through the efforts of its volunteers. As we approach our 75th anniversary, we are proud of our many accomplishments—but WE COULD DO MORE with your help.
Our volunteers are our backbone, and more support is needed. Even if you have only a couple of hours available per month, WE NEED YOU! The only qualification necessary is a desire to assist Detroit Audubon in its mission to promote the protection and enjoyment of birds and nature...
There are SO MANY opportunities for our members. There’s a spot for you. What’s your specialty? Join one of our committees (Education; Communications; Fund Raising; Marketing and Publicity; Programs; and Conservation, including Safe Passage and research initiatives). You might enjoy manning tables at shows and festivals; or how about answering phones in our Southfield office? Our annual events need your planning and coordination. You might write articles for the Flyway and/or submit your photos. Can you advise us on technology, or assist with advocacy efforts? How about developing and implementing new programs, and even serving on our Board of Directors?
If you’ve been thinking about volunteering some of your time for a wonderful cause, please contact us today, and we’ll find the perfect “fit” for you.
Your e-mail to describing your availability and your interests will be so very welcome. Join us!




Wolf hunting is again legal in Michigan. A new petition drive to protect Michigan wolves is being launched. Read more HERE:
However, a competing petition campaign, conducted by Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management, aims to solidify the Michigan NRC’s right to name game animals in perpetuity. It will assure continued wolf hunts in Michigan. Be sure you know which petition you are signing. Read more HERE:


The 2013 Christmas Bird Count results are in!

Detroit Christmas Bird Count

Detroit Audubon thanks longtime coordinator Tim Nowicki as well as the Drayton Plains Nature Center for hosting the end-of-day wrap-up session. media/013CBC.pdf

Rockwood Christmas Bird Count
And, thanks to Tom Carpenter for the Rockwood count, available HERE:


Ready to become a member of the Audubon Society? Right now 100% of your dues will go to Detroit Audubon Society! Just join online and select the Detroit Audubon chapter code L50 from the drop-down menu. For just $20.00, you'll become a member of both the National and Detroit Audubon societies, and receive Audubon Magazine, the FLYWAY, and invitations to all Detroit Audubon birding events. Join today!


This online guide to North American Birds features over 800 species of birds in 22 Orders and 74 families. The guide covers all of North America's regular breeding birds - as well as non-breeding species that regularly or occasionally visit North America, north of Mexico.

Click Here to use Guide


Join the Crowdrise Holiday Challenge
to raise $10,000 for the Kirtland's Warbler

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This is a photo of the groundbreaking for the new Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center right next to Humbug Marsh. Detroit Audubon Society Board members Jack Smiley, Richard Quick, and Jim Bull attended the ground-breaking ceremony. Detroit Audubon Society was a leader in the fight to save Humbug Marsh. It started in earnest in 1998 and culminated in not only saving Humbug, but the creation of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge which now owns and manages Humbug. Since the refuge opened, Humbug has only been open during monthly public open houses and for certain other scheduled programs and trips. Once the visitor center is completed (in two years, we're told), Humbug will be accessible every day of the year that the refuge is open.
In other good news, the facility will be Gold LEED certified by the Green Building Council and is using bird-safe glass!







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Safe Passage

Great Lakes



Detroit Audubon’s Safe Passage Great Lakes could

use your help.

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ABC Bird Collision Solutions

For Home windows


Explained by Joe Bartell

Appeal to building owners

Safe Passage Flyer


New Safe Passage





The Flyway is

Going Green

Many organizations are going paperless for many good reasons, including the positive impact on the environment.

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Photo by Chris Fielding

We are pleased to announce the revival of Detroit Audubon Society's education committee!

The committee is actively pursuing new avenues for DAS to educate its members and the local community. If you are interested in joining the committee, please email

Scott Roberts at

All are welcome!



Photo by Robert Epstein

Our Common Birds

are in Decline



What YOU Can Do










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Flyway HERE


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Support DAS with
your Kroger card

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Point Pelee 2013

By Lee Burton


Lake St Clair IBA

Black Tern Project Gets Started

By Richard Quick




by Donna Posont



A December

Visit to Belle Isle


Leonard Weber




Memorial Weekend

Nature Getaway

A Kids View

By Sophia Jachman

Read it here


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