Detroit Audubon field trips offer fantastic year-round birding opportunities! We visit renowned regional hotspots during the migration season, and 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. We’re always adding more field trips, too, so check back frequently!

Before each trip, reserve or purchase your tickets by following the links below. Even if the event is FREE, please reserve a space–then we know how many people to expect.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to staff@detroitaudubon.org or call us at 313-588-1015.

Please note that the 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

A note on park entrance fees:
Many of our programs take place on the wonderful public lands we have available to us here in Michigan and the surrounding area! There are a variety of different park entrance fees that may be required in order to enter these areas, and they are not covered in the cost of the program.
Belle Isle: Parking a vehicle on Belle Isle requires having a Michigan Recreation Passport ($11/year when paid with your car registration, or $16/year when purchased separately). This pass is valid at all Michigan State Parks, State Recreation areas, trailheads, camping areas, and more.
Huron-Clinton Metroparks: In order to enter a Huron-Clinton Metropark, you must either pay a daily fee ($10) or have an annual pass for your vehicle ($35).

 


Point Edward and Lake Huron Shore

Saturday, November 10th, 9 am to 4 pm
Leader: Jim Bull
Location: Meet at Ontario Travel Information Center (1455 Venetian Blvd, Point Edward, ON N7T 7W7, Canada)
Price: $10

The focus of this trip is on water birds and early winter arrivals. In the past, we have seen Bohemian Waxwings, Common Loons, Red-throated Loons, all three species of Scoters, Little Gulls, Mergansers, Longtailed Ducks, Evening Grosbeaks, and multiple species of Grebes. This is a car caravan, 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 strenuous field trip–we will walk approximately half a mile at two locations on level ground.

To RSVP: Click here to RSVP!


Proud Lake State Recreation Area

Saturday, November 17th, 9 am to 12 pm
Leaders: Erin Rowan and Bailey Lininger
Location: Proud Lake SRA (3200 N Wixom Rd, Commerce Twp, MI 48382)

Join MI Birds and partners, Detroit Audubon, for a guided bird walk along the Marsh Trail at Proud Lake State Recreation Area! This Recreation Area offers miles of nature trails, fishing, hunting and birding opportunities!

We will park and meet at the River Hawk Annex at 9am, which is just down the road from Proud Lake Recreation Area headquarters, where we will warm up with some hot coffee and tea before hitting the trail! See the map here for details.

The 1.25-mile interpretive Marsh Trail includes forested, riparian and wetland habitats and we hope to see a combination of migrating waterfowl and songbirds along the way! Green-winged Teals, American Wigeons, a variety of sparrows, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, and Yellow-rumped Warblers have been sighted at the Recreation Area in November in previous years.

Hunting season is open in part of the Recreation Area during the fall. While the area surrounding Marsh Trail is closed to hunting (see the grey area highlighted on the map), bright colors are recommended for hike attendees.

To RSVP: Click here to RSVP for this free event!


Belle Isle Winter Birding

Saturday, November 24th, 9 am to 11 am
Leader: Jim Bull
Location:  Meet at Belle Isle Nature Center (176 Lakeside Dr, Detroit, MI 48207)

This gem of Detroit’s park system–and Michigan’s state parks system!–is an excellent birding location for viewing migrant and wintering waterfowl. This will be a car caravan tour of the island, and will not be a strenuous walking trip.

To RSVP: Click here to RSVP for this free event!


Elmwood Cemetery Bird Walk

Saturday, December 1st, 9 am to 11 am
Leader: Detroit Audubon
Location: Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, MI
For GPS, use 1000 Robert Bradby Drive, Detroit, MI 48207. The entrance to the cemetery is just past this address on the right. Please park by the side of the pond, which is downhill and to the left of the main building at the entrance.

This is one in a series of walk 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 Olmsted and dedicated in 1846, the cemetery provides a unique opportunity to experience the nature, culture, and history of Detroit. This event is great for beginning birders, young birders, or anyone just trying to get outside and explore a new part of the city!

To RSVP: Click here to RSVP to this free event!


Detroit Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, December 16th
Leader: Tim Nowicki

This is one of the oldest Christmas Bird Counts, part of counts all over North America used to study bird populations. Birders spend the entire day covering a 15-mile diameter circle in parts of northern Oakland County to count as many birds as possible. Meet for pizza and count wrap-up at day’s end.

To participate: Call Tim Nowicki at (734) 525-8630, email tnowick@gmail.com, or contact us at staff@detroitaudubon.org.


Rockwood Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 22nd
Leader: Detroit Audubon

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.

To participate: Please contact us at staff@detroitaudubon.org.


Can’t find the event you’re looking for? It probably hasn’t been added to the website yet, but will be very soon! Thank you for your patience as we update our website as quickly as we can. If you have a question about a field trip, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at staff@detroitaudubon.org.