“40 in 2020” Beginning Birding Series

Are you a beginning birder looking for some expert guidance?  Have you been on one of our Elmwood Cemetery walks and are interested in exploring new locations and birds?  Are you just beginning your bird list and need some help getting started? We have an excellent new program for you!

In 2020, Detroit Audubon is offering a special program, led by Leonard Weber, designed to assist beginning (and near beginning) birders as they improve their ability to recognize and identify by sight at least 40 of the bird species that breed in the Detroit area. The “40 in 2020” program is for those not yet fully proficient in recognizing on their own a number of the birds they encounter on nature walks.  Attention will be given to the nesting habitat and nesting practices of these species.  

Leonard Weber, in his senior years, enjoys watching birds and studying nature — and sharing his observations with others. He is a former member of the Board of Detroit Audubon and a continuing field trip leader. His nature walks are most frequently in Eliza Howell Park in Detroit and his weekly blog is about nature in the park: elizahowellnaturewalk.wordpress.com

Some of the birds on the “40 in 2020” list include the Sandhill Crane, Wood Duck, Bald Eagle, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Song Sparrow, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Cedar Waxwing.

* The program includes 3 field trips (three different locations; see below for location information) on Saturday mornings — April 25, May 30, and June 20.

April 25 — Kensington Metropark 

May 30 — Eliza Howell Park 

June 20 — Rouge Park

* Each event is scheduled for 8:30 – 10:30 / 11:00 a.m.

* Participants are expected to take part in all three field trips. Individual field trips are not open to those not registered for all three.

* The group is limited to 20 individuals.

* Registration is required. One does not need to be a member of Detroit Audubon to participate, BUT priority will be given to Audubon members in the event that the group limit is reached.  Please contact programs@detroitaudubon.org to register or register online at here

* There is no cost for the program. There is an entrance fee — or annual pass — required for Kensington Metropark