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


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 Field Trip has been CANCELLED.
Construction is still occurring at the site so we can not access the area.  We apologize for the inconvenience.


Elmwood Cemetery
Friday October 13th 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/FtcDju99SbP2k0dh2
or please kindly email staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Eliza Howell Park
October 21, 2017 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  ***PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN START TIME***
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


Owl Prowl, Oakwoods Metropark
Friday November 3, 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: Please kindly fill out this form https://goo.gl/forms/83R8c9dACxGNuuWE3 or please email us at Staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Elmwood Cemetery
Saturday November 4th 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/ENa8DCX5TqMcRYZd2
or please kindly email staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Sandhill Cranes at Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Game Wildlife Area

Saturday November 18, 11 am to 2 am
Leader: Jim Bull

Yes, this a long trip to this northern Indiana refuge, but it well worth it to see 8,000-20,000 Sandhill Cranes, including cranes from Michigan which stop over here on their way to the gulf coast and Florida wintering grounds. Beginning about one hour before sunset, flocks of cranes kite into Goose Pasture Viewing Areas from all directions. They gab and socialize including dancing, with one jumping here, then another and another until they seem like tall giant kernels of popcorn in a pan. Their dancing is at once inspiring and comical. They spend an hour or two at this activity before returning to roosting marshes at dusk which are closed to the public.

We will stop for lunch on the way down, and for dinner on the way home. Once we arrive at the wildlife area we will look for cranes in the surrounding farms fields, and do some other birding before it is time for the cranes to show up at Goose Pasture.

Our meeting spot for leaving will be announced to those who register.We will rent 15 passenger van. This must be paid in full two weeks before the trip. The price for the trip is TBD. Others can caravan with us or meet us there. Food costs are not included.

This is the first time we’ve scheduled this trip, but leader Jim Bull, who used to live in northern Indiana, has visited Jasper-Pulaski at least a dozen times and it has never disappointed.

To RSVP: Please fill out the form here https://goo.gl/forms/h4cCEzBP9U4VVZFH2 or please 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


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


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.