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 (part of Shiver on the River)

February 4, 2017 (Saturday) 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Leader: Jim Bull

The Detroit River is one of the key wintering areas for waterfowl in North America and Belle Isle is a very convenient location to take this in without having to go too far from your vehicle.

Directions: Take Jefferson to the Belle Isle Bridge. Cross over, drive around the northeast end of the island and park in the Nature Center parking lot. Plan to go to Shiver on the River at the Belle Isle Casino afterwards, where Detroit Audubon will have a booth and activities.

For more information on Shiver on the River, check out their facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/243796352716464/

To RSVP: Please kindly fill out the form https://goo.gl/forms/hDTDoRPmC5Y9OdLn2 or please email us at Staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Belle Isle Casino and Gabriel Richard Park (part of Shiver on the River)
Location: across from Belle Isle (just East of the Belle Isle bridge)
February 4, 2017
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Leaders: TBA

Join us for presentations about wintering waterfowl of the Detroit River in a collaborative program with Detroit Audubon, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy at the Belle Isle Casino or Belle Isle Nature Zoo. There will be fifteen minute tours of Gabriel Richard Park with the Birding interpretive sign and permanently mounted spotting scopes sponsored by the three groups. Check the Detroit Audubon exhibit table at Shiver on the River for the schedule.

For more information on Shiver on the River, check out their facebook event page here


Elmwood Cemetery
Friday February 17 at 10 am.
Leader: Detroit Audubon Program Coordinator Terra Weiland

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/hmf0ymn4QGO8LR863
or please kindly email staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Elmwood Cemetery
Saturday March 11th at 9 am.
Leader: Detroit Audubon Program Coordinator Terra Weiland

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


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 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 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 jbull@detroitaudubon.org

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


Elmwood Cemetery
Sunday April 30 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/vArVgoByNBGaZrMm2
or please kindly email staff@DetroitAudubon.org


Elmwood Cemetery
Tuesday May 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm
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/HlwstzrBGjbV26tI3 or please kindly email staff@DetroitAudubon.org