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


Belle Isle, Detroit
Date: Saturday November 25
Time: 9 am – noon (you can leave earlier if you’d like)
Meeting Location: Belle Isle Nature Center, Detroit
Leader: Jim Bull

This gem of Detroit’s park system (now a state park) is an excellent birding location for viewing migrant and wintering waterfowl! We will caravan around the island making several stops to look at waterfowl on the river, possible Peregrine Falcons on buildings across the river, and songbirds along a wooded nature trail and at the nature center bird feeding station.

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

Elmwood Cemetery
Saturday December 2nd at 9 am
Leader: 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/ZeTV6q3DsnBKPjxD2
or please kindly email 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.