2017 Field Trip Schedule

Detroit Audubon field trips offer fantastic year-round birding opportunities!. We visit renowned regional hotspots during the migration season.Other trips focus on the many interesting resident species. All trips are free unless otherwise noted. Everyone is welcome, especially beginning birders, and you can always bring a friend.

The day before each trip,  

  • Please contact the Detroit Audubon office at 313-960-3399, or email either the office at staff@DetroitAudubon.org the field trip leader by 5 PM. Email is preferred.
  • Leave your name, email address, phone number, and the number of people in your party.

This will tell us how many to expect, and we can notify you of any changes.   

Please note that Schedule is subject to change. Please confirm all dates and times before the event.
For maps of all Metroparks, see http://www.metroparks.com/ParkMaps


Elmwood Cemetery
Saturday March 4th at 9 am.
Leader: Terra Weiland Detroit Audubon Program Coordinator

This is one in a series of walks to explore the birds, unique landmarks, and history of this beautiful 86-acre cemetery which is among the top “must-see” historic sites in Detroit. Designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead and dedicated in 1846, the cemetery provides a unique opportunity to experience the nature, culture, and history of Detroit. Other dates for trips to Elmwood are April 15, May 13 and 27. Summer field trips will be announced in the next issue.

Location: 1200 Elmwood Avenue, Detroit, MI 48207. Park near the cemetery headquarters or on the road along the edge of the pond.

To RSVP: Please kindly fill out the form here https://goo.gl/forms/6fRIdbuLdsHzPUWQ2
or please kindly email staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Owl Prowl – Grosse Ile, MI
March 11, 2017 (Saturday) 7:00 p.m.
Leader: Jim Bull

Great Horned Owls will have been nesting since early February, Barred Owls will just be beginning, and Screech Owls will be getting ready to nest. Since they are defending territories, playing an owl tape or imitating their calls will likely bring them in where we can see them by lantern light. Meet at St. James Episcopal Church for a brief slide program on owls.

Directions: Take I-75 to West Road (exit 32A) and take West Road into Trenton. Turn right at Jefferson, then left at Grosse Ile Parkway. Cross the bridge and, when you come to a “T,” turn right on East River Road. St. James is on your right at 25150 East River Rd., Grosse Ile Township. Use the driveway on the north end of the church (don’t go past it) and come in the side entrance.

To RSVP: Pleae kindly fill out the form here https://goo.gl/forms/zc7ExiuHquSVUILC3 or please email staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Detroit Pheasant Walk
Saturday, April 1, 8:00 a.m.

Join Detroit Audubon for our first ever pheasant walk in Detroit! Pheasants are a great example of urban wildlife, and they are known to find habitat in some of Detroit’s open spaces. Though they are skittish birds, we hope to see some at a few sites where pheasants have been spotted. We will start at the intersection of Scott and Grandy on Detroit’s east side. Please park on the street on Scott near the hoop house.

To RSVP: Please kindly fill out the form here https://goo.gl/forms/ghnxfN7QmOnoxhvE3 or please kindly email us at staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Frog Symphony, West Bloomfield Nature Preserve
Friday April 7, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Leaders: Sally Petrella (Friends of the Rouge), West Bloomfield Naturalist Lauren Azoury, and Jim Bull: Jbull@detroitaudubon.org

Join us for an evening of listening to and searching for frogs. We often see salamanders, Wood Ducks, herons and owls. Co-sponsored by Detroit Audubon Society and Friends of the Rouge. This program is especially good for children.

Directions: From Telegraph Road, go west on Long Lake Road to where it dead-ends at Orchard Lake. Turn left. At the next traffic light, turn right onto Pontiac Trail and look for the sign “West Bloomfield Nature Preserve” at Arrowhead Road. Follow signs to the preserve parking lot.

To RSVP: Please kindly fill out this form here https://goo.gl/forms/W3xd4VqW2qT0gUPC2 or please email staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Elmwood Cemetery
Friday April 14 at 9 am
Leader: Terra Weiland, Detroit Audubon Program Coordinator

This is one in a series of walks to explore the birds, unique landmarks, and history of this beautiful 86-acre cemetery which is among the top “must-see” historic sites in Detroit. Designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead and dedicated in 1846, the cemetery provides a unique opportunity to experience the nature, culture, and history of Detroit. Other dates for trips to Elmwood are May 13 and 27. Summer field trips will be announced in the next issue.

Location: 1200 Elmwood Avenue, Detroit, MI 48207. Park near the cemetery headquarters or on the road along the edge of the pond.

To RSVP: Please kindly fill out the form here https://goo.gl/forms/F5Pcb1WARPWUn22n2
or please kindly email staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Woodcock Watch — Oakwoods Metropark
Saturday April 21, 2017 at 7:30pm
6 p.m. Young Birder’s Club Pizza Party
Leaders: Park Naturalist and Jim Bull

Right at dusk, this sandpiper with a long beak and huge comical eyes does its spectacular aerial courtship display in open areas. This program is great for families with children.
Directions: From I-75, exit at West Road and go west to Telegraph (M-24). Turn left on Telegraph, right (west) on Van Horn (which becomes Huron River Drive), then left on Willow Road to Oakwoods Metropark (32901 Willow Road, New Boston) on the left. Meet at the Nature Center. Annual Metropark sticker or daily pass required.

To RSVP: Please kindly fill out the form here https://goo.gl/forms/WTol7D55pVd3rE6r1 or please kindly email us at staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Spring Birding 101 at Gabriel Richard Park
Saturday April 29th at 9 am
Leader: Terra Weiland, Detroit Audubon Program Coordinator

Learn about the birds migrating along the Detroit River and join us in playing a short migration game, bird watching along the RiverWalk, and talking about volunteer opportunities to help migrating birds survive the long trek!

This is part of: GREEN DAY – RECYCLING, BIRDING AND RAIN BARREL WORKSHOPS!

Join the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, The Sierra Club, Detroit Audubon Society and Green Living Science for a fun-filled day of environmental activities! The day will kick off at 9 AM with a birding workshop hosted by the Detroit Audubon Society, showing off the new spotting scopes in Gabriel Richard Park and helping visitors learn more about water fowl on the Detroit River. Next up at 10AM is a rain barrel workshop with the Sierra Club where participants can learn about the benefits of rain barrels and how to make their own rain barrel. After the workshop, Detroit residents stick around for a recyling presentation by Green Living Science regarding recycling in Detroit.

For more information: http://www.detroitriverfront.org/things-to-do/green-day-recycling-birding-and-rain-barrel-workshops


Elmwood Cemetery
Sunday April 30 at 9 am
Leader: Terra Weiland, Detroit Audubon Program Coordinator

This is one in a series of walks to explore the birds, unique landmarks, and history of this beautiful 86-acre cemetery which is among the top “must-see” historic sites in Detroit. Designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead and dedicated in 1846, the cemetery provides a unique opportunity to experience the nature, culture, and history of Detroit. Other dates for trips to Elmwood are April 15, May 13 and 27. Summer field trips will be announced in the next issue.

Location: 1200 Elmwood Avenue, Detroit, MI 48207. Park near the cemetery headquarters or on the road along the edge of the pond.

To RSVP: Please kindly fill out the form here https://goo.gl/forms/vArVgoByNBGaZrMm2
or please kindly email staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Lake St. Clair Metropark
May 7th, 8:00 am
Leader: Cathy Carroll

This Metropark is a justly famous migrant trap. A good list of warblers, as well as many other nesting and migrant birds, will be seen.

Directions: Take I-94 east and exit on Metropolitan Parkway. Drive east into the park (entrance fee) and park on west side of the main parking lot. Meet at the Nature Center.

To RSVP: Please kindly fill out this form https://goo.gl/forms/cbHfTKaH9GzMoOz12 or please email us at staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Elmwood Cemetery
Tuesday May 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Leader: Terra Weiland, Detroit Audubon Program Coordinator

This is one in a series of walks to explore the birds, unique landmarks, and history of this beautiful 86-acre cemetery which is among the top “must-see” historic sites in Detroit. Designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead and dedicated in 1846, the cemetery provides a unique opportunity to experience the nature, culture, and history of Detroit. Other dates for trips to Elmwood are April 15, May 13 and 27. Summer field trips will be announced in the next issue.

Location: 1200 Elmwood Avenue, Detroit, MI 48207. Park near the cemetery headquarters or on the road along the edge of the pond.

To RSVP: Please kindly fill out the form here https://goo.gl/forms/HlwstzrBGjbV26tI3 or please kindly email staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Magee Marsh Wildlife Area (Oregon, OH)
Saturday May 13th at 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Leader: Jim Bull

This is THE biggest weekend in birding at one of THE best sites in North America to see warblers and other songbird migrants—sometimes up close and personal. In recent years we have also had nesting Bald Eagles, Woodcock, Common Night Hawk, and Screech Owls. Meet at the beginning of the Birding boardwalk trail on the deck with the warbler display (West end of the parking lot). Get there early or you may have to park far away.

Directions: Take I-75 to Toledo; go south on I-280 to Highway 2. Follow Hwy 2 east about 18 miles and turn north at the Magee Marsh entrance. Follow signs to the preserve parking lot. Drive to the west end of the beach parking lot at the beginning of Birding Trail.

To RSVP: Please kindly fill out this form https://goo.gl/forms/8DqN9Oi0mVCt8UGz1 or please kindly email us at staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Point Pelee Camp Out
May 18-21
Leader: Lee Burton

Detroit Audubon’s Spring Campout at Pt. Pelee National Park, Leamington, Ontario.

Shake out your sleeping bags, count your tent poles and stakes, and join Detroit Audubon at Pt Pelee National Park for our annual Pelee Spring Campout. This event is for tenters ONLY at the White Pine group campground. There will be plenty of migrating birds to watch, lots of camaraderie, and a nightly campfire (wood is provided).

Dates: May 18-21, 3 nights total. Cost is $17 per person per night, 2 night minimum.

Camping is limited to 20 persons per night. Direct any serious questions to the camp leader, Lee Burton– leejburton@charter.net. Please include phone number, names of campers you want to register, and email address. Indicate which nights you want. A confirmation will follow.


Point Pelee Day Trip
Saturday May 20th, 10 am
Leader: Roger Becker

Point Pelee has long been known as one of THE best migratory traps for songbirds. Lee Burton, who leads our Point Pelee campout has offered to lead a “get acquainted with Pelee” field trip for those who want to come for just the day.

Directions: Cross the Ambassador Bridge and follow Rte. 3 to Leamington. Follow signs to Point Pelee National Park (entrance fee required: about $8). Meet at the Hummingbird garden in front of the Visitor Center. Lee will be holding a “Detroit Audubon” sign.

Bring a lunch and your passport for entry into Canada and back into the U.S.

To RSVP: Please email staff@DetroitAudubon.org or click here: https://goo.gl/forms/etQ1rddXVDsIY97U2


Swift Night Out at Swift Sanctuary and Historic Winery, Farmington, MI

Date: Saturday May 20, 2016
Time: 7:30 pm to just after sunset
Location: Swift Sanctuary, 31505 Grand River Farmington, MI 48336.
Leader: Jim Bull

Join us with our partners at the Swift Sanctuary to watch the spectacular show as up to 50,000 Chimney Swifts swirl around and around like a tornado before the avian funnel cloud swirls right down into this historic winery. A wooded area behind the historic winery abuts the Rouge River, so there may be some migrants lurking there as well. As far as we know this is THE largest roost of Chimney Swifts in North America! As the swifts go down the chimney we may be able to see a projection of a live video cam of their activity in the chimney, which was partly supported by Detroit Audubon. Bring a lawn chair to sit and watch this incredible show.The biggest congregation of swifts in this chimney usually happens in the fall. See September 24-25 for a bigger splash field trip/program at the Swift Sanctuary.

To RSVP: Please email staff@DetroitAudubon.org or click here: https://goo.gl/forms/e6R7QHUJRoaCtjS72


Rouge Park Bird Walk

Sunday May 21, 2017, 8 am to 11 am

On Saturday May 20th, Friends of Rouge Park are having their Annual volunteer cleanup and park and river improvement day from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm. Volunteer if you can!
On Sunday May 21st, we are excited to be co-sponsoring a bird walk with Friends of Rouge Park. We expect to see breeding song birds.

We will be meeting at the Scout Hollow sign, located on Spinoza Drive near West Chicago.

Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/Ck9Byon95TT2

To RSVP: Please kindly fill out the form here https://goo.gl/forms/oCNUcOqJoqBc3has1 please kindly email us at staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Eliza Howell Park
June 10, 2017 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Leader: Leonard Weber

Over 30 species of songbirds nest in Eliza Howell Park in Detroit. Now, at the peak of their breeding season, we will be viewing some of their nests. In a typical year, those who come on this walk see the active nests of at least 6 species. This walk is good for participants of all ages.

To RSVP: Please kindly fill out this form https://goo.gl/forms/PCLu5KzMJY1Xuwtm2 or please kindly email us at staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Oak Openings Metropark, Toledo

Saturday June 17,  3017 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Leader: Jim Bull

Famous for its rare oak savannas and prairies, this Toledo area Metropark is a mecca for specialty breeding birds. Often seen here are Lark Sparrows, Blue Grosbeak, Summer Tanager, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Red-headed Woodpecker, Alder Flycatcher, and Henslow’s Sparrow.

Directions: From I-75, merge onto I-475 W (Exit 204) toward US-23/Maumee/Ann Arbor, then left onto US-23 S/I-475 S toward Maumee/Dayton. Merge onto Airport Hwy/OH-2 W (Exit 8B) toward Airport/Swanton. Turn left onto Girdham Rd. until it dead-ends into Oak Openings Parkway. Turn left (east) onto Oak Openings Parkway and proceed about a half to three quarters of a mile. The turnoff for the Buehner Center will be on the left. Meet in parking lot.

To RSVP: Please kindly fill out this form https://goo.gl/forms/3FC7mP96LtNOznI83 or please kindly email us at Staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Pointe Mouillee Birding with Detroit Audubon (Reservations Required)

Date: Saturday August 5th
Time: 8 am
Location: Pointe Mouillee Marsh
Leader: Jim Fowler and Jim Bull

Description: This is one of the premier shore birding areas in the interior of the continent when water levels are favorable. Only 4 vehicles can be accommodated on the dikes. We will be bringing a 15 passenger van. You must RSVP by Thursday, August 4, to reserve a spot.

Meeting Location: 8900 Sigler Road, South Rockwood, MI

Directions: Take I-75 to Exit 26 and drive east on south Huron Rd to U.S. Turnpike. Turn south and look for Sigler Road. Turn east and drive to the parking lot at the end. This will be a caravan into the dikes with ride-sharing required.

To RSVP: Please email us at staff@DetroitAudubon.org or click here: https://goo.gl/forms/FZLeXOcSIkyKj0C33


Eliza Howell Park
September 9, 2017 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Leader: Leonard Weber

The focus of this walk is on the early Fall migrants, including Warblers. One never knows exactly when the migrating birds will be present in great numbers, but at this time of the year and of the month there are often as many species present as at the middle of the spring/May migration.

To RSVP: Please kindly fill out this form https://goo.gl/forms/z4MhSJXdK4TLigXZ2 or please kindly email us at Staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Humbug Marsh
Saturday October 7, 2016

Leader: Jim Bull

Humbug is a key area for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, which Detroit Audubon fought to save from development. Eagles, Ssprey, water birds, and songbirds are possible here.

Because Humbug Marsh is one of the last coastal wetlands on the Detroit River, it is extremely important to waterfowl, other migratory birds, certain insects that depend on wetland, herpetofauna, and fish. Many of these species are regionally rare.

To RSVP: Please fill out the form https://goo.gl/forms/WzSYT7qHUmGLpcB02 or please kindly email us at Staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Eliza Howell Park
October 21, 2017 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Leader: Leonard Weber

The Fall migration continues, though the species are different from early September. At this time of the year, a variety of sparrows are moving through the park (seeing 7 species of sparrows on one walk is quite possible). Purple Finches are among the other birds we will be looking for.

To RSVP: Please kindly fill out this form https://goo.gl/forms/2SAPdRFNGUlWbgYA3 or please kindly email us at Staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Point Edward and Lake Huron Shore, Ontario

Saturday November 11
9 am to 4:00 PM

The focus of this field trip will be on water birds and early winter arrivals. Historically, this has been a field trip where we see many species of uncommon birds! In the past, we have seen Bohemian Waxwings, Common Loons, Red-throated Loons, all three species of Scoters, Little Gull, Mergansers, Longtailed Duck, Evening Grosbeak, and multiple species of Grebes.

This is a car caravan field trip stopping at multiple locations. We will stop for lunch at a restaurant along the way. Lunch is not included. There is no limit for the number of cars for the locations we have planned. This will not be a strenous field trip. We will walk approximately half a mile at two locations with level ground.

Starting Location: We will meet at the Ontario Tourist Information Center in Sarnia (1455 Venetian Blvd, Sarnia, ON N7T 7W7, Canada)

Ending location: Pinery Pinery Provincial Park (9526 Lakeshore Rd Highway 21, Grand Bend, ON N0M 1T0, Canada)

Directions: Take I-94 east to Port Huron and take the Blue Water Bridge to Sarnia. Meet at the Ontario tourist information center in Sarnia. Passport or enhanced driver’s license required for entry into Canada and back into the U.S.

To RSVP: Please fill out this form https://goo.gl/forms/NSHkwQ1hRA5hm2fv1 or please kindly email us at Staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Owl Prowl, Oakwoods Metropark
Saturday November 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Leaders: Kevin Arnold and Jim Bull

We will call for owls and expect to hear them call back, and maybe call them in close where we can see them. This program is especially good for families with children.

Directions: From I-75, exit at West Road and go west to Telegraph (M-24). Turn left on Telegraph, right (west) on Van Horn (which becomes Huron River Drive), then left on Willow Road to Oakwoods Metropark (32901 Willow Road, New Boston) on the left. Meet at the Nature Center. Annual Metropark sticker or daily pass required.

To RSVP: Pleae kindly fill out this form https://goo.gl/forms/83R8c9dACxGNuuWE3 or please email us at Staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Belle Isle, Detroit

Date: Saturday November 25
Time: 9 am
Meeting Location: Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit

This gem of Detroit’s park system (now a state park) is an excellent birding location for viewing migrant and wintering waterfowl!

Directions: Take Jefferson to the Belle Isle Bridge. Cross over and drive to the east end of the island and park in the Nature Center parking lot. State park pass or daily use fee required.

To RSVP: Please fill out the form here https://goo.gl/forms/7hUs47QyaiWpRbis2 or please kindly email us at Staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Detroit Christmas Bird Count** Reservations Required
Sunday December 17, 2017
 
This is one of the oldest Christmas Bird Counts. Birders spend the entire day covering a 15-mile diameter circle in parts of northern Oakland Co. to count as many birds as possible. The count is part of counts all over North America used to study bird populations. Meet for pizza and count wrap-up at day’s end.
 
To participate, call Tim Nowicki at (734) 525-8630 or tnowick@gmail.com or contact our office at Staff@DetroitAudubon.org

Rockwood Christmas Bird Count (Reservations Required)
Tuesday December 26, 2016
 
Public hike: 9 am to 11 am
 
Christmas Bird Count: Detroit Audubon cosponsors this all day annual count of the 15 mile diameter circle which includes Grosse Ile, Lake Erie Metropark, Trenton, Rockwood, South Rockwood, Newport, and Oakwoods Metropark. A chili dinner will be provided.
 
To RSVP: Please out the form below https://goo.gl/forms/CWqYb2pK9X7MrFqj2 or please email us at Staff@DetroitAudubon.org
 
If you want to participate in the all-day count, please contact our Research Coordinator Erin Rowan at erowan@DetroitAudubon.org.