field trip schedule

***Due to the coronavirus outbreak and an abundance of caution, Detroit Audubon has decided to cancel all field trips through April 30th. We will continue to asses the situation and update this space accordingly. Going outside and enjoying nature is a great way to relieve stress and pass these trying times. We encourage you to do so while practicing responsible social distancing. ***

***We are currently working on ways to make some of our field trips virtual, please stay tuned!!!***

 

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. Everyone is welcome, especially beginning birders, and you can always bring a friend.

NEW IN 2019: As of January 1st, 2019, Detroit Audubon Chapter Members will receive ticket discounts and opportunities for early registration for popular field trips and events. If you’re interested in having early access and discounts to our programs, consider joining Detroit Audubon as a Chapter Membership. A donation of $30 or more to Detroit Audubon qualifies your entire household to chapter membership benefits for one year. Click here to become a member!


Before each trip, reserve or purchase your tickets by following the links below. Even if the event is free, please reserve a space so that we know how many birders to expect!


 

Palmer Woods Young Birders Walk

Date: Saturday April 4th
Time: 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Leaders: Jessica Decker and Travis Kaye
Fee: Free!

Calling all young birders ~ Detroit Audubon has launched a monthly bird walk specifically for birders between the ages of 12 and 18, lead by our own experienced young birders, Jessica Decker and Travis Kaye.  Beginners welcome, binoculars will be available!

To sign up: Click here to register!


Elmwood Cemetery Walk

Date: Friday, April 10th
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Leaders: Rosann Kovalcik and Joannie Capuano
Fee: Free!

This is one in a series of walks to explore the birds, unique landmarks, and history of this beautiful 86-acre cemetery, 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 sign up: Click here to register!


 Woodcock Watch

Date: Friday, April 10th
Time: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Leaders: Detroit Audubon and Oakwoods Metropark Naturalists
Fee: $1 for Detroit Audubon Chapter members, $2 for General Admission

Right at dusk, this peculiar-looking sandpiper with a long beak and large eyes does its spectacular aerial courtship display in open areas. Join the Oakwoods Metropark naturalists and Detroit Audubon for this fun and family friendly birding event! We’ll meet at the Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center and then walk together to view the Woodcock’s display.

To sign up: Click here to register!


Pheasant Walk

Date: Saturday, April 11th
Time: 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Leaders: Diane Cheklich
Fee: Free!

The Ring-Necked Pheasant is one of Detroit’s most colorful residents, and their story–why and how they got here–is just as interesting. Join Detroit Audubon on a morning walk in search of this fancy gamebird that calls our city home! We will be in North Corktown this year, home of several Detroit pheasants. Detroit Audubon board member and pheasant enthusiast Diane Cheklich will be leading this beginner- and family-friendly walk (walking will be approximately 8-15 city blocks over generally level terrain–paved roads and empty, grass-covered lots).

To sign up: Click here to register!


Point Mouillee

Date: Saturday, April 18th
Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Leaders: Jim Bull and Bruce Szczechowski
Fee: $15 for Detroit Audubon Chapter members, $25 for General Admission

Join us for our first spring field trip to this Audubon Important Birding Area — Point Mouillee! Highlights may include diving and dabbling ducks in full breeding plumage, osprey, bald eagles, herons and egrets, rails, coots, gallinules, American White Pelican, Sandhill Cranes and early warblers.   Driving out onto the dikes is limited to five vehicles, we will use our leader’s vehicle and four other participants’ vehicles so space is limited.

To sign up: Click here to register!


Magee Marsh

Date: Saturday, May 2nd
Time: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
Leaders: Jim Bull 
Fee: $8 for Detroit Audubon Chapter members, $12 for General Admission

This is the week before 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. By going a week early, we will be early birds seeing the early birds!  If you’ve always wanted to go to Magee Marsh but have been intimidated, join Detroit Audubon and have an expert birder as your guide! In recent years we have also had nesting Bald Eagles, Woodcock, Common Night Hawk, and Screech Owls.

To sign up: Click here to register!


 

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.

A note on parks and 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 ($40). For maps of all Metroparks, see http://www.metroparks.com/ParkMaps.