2019 Field Trip Schedule

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!


Woodcock Watch

Date: Friday, April 12th
Time: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Leaders: Jim Bull and Oakwoods Metropark Naturalists
Fee: $1 for Detroit Audubon Chapter Members, $2 for general admission

Right at dusk, this sandpiper–with its long beak and huge comical eyes–does a spectacular aerial courtship display in open areas. Join Detroit Audubon and the Oakwoods Metropark Naturalists for a family-friendly and very fun program!

To sign up: Click here to buy a ticket!


Elmwood Cemetery Walk

Date: Friday, April 19th
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Leaders: Detroit Audubon and Elmwood Cemetery Foundation

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 sign up: Click here to RSVP!


Frog Symphony

Date: Friday, April 26th
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Leaders: West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation, Friends of the Rouge, and Detroit Audubon
Fee: Free!

Join us for an evening of listening to and searching for frogs! We often also see salamanders, Wood Ducks, herons, and owls. This event is co-led by a naturalist from West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation and Sally Petrella of Friends of the Rouge. This is a great event for kids and budding naturalists.

To sign up: Click here to RSVP!


Belle Isle Forest Walk

Date: Saturday, April 27th
Time: 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Leaders: Melissa McLeod and Bailey Lininger
Fee: Free, but pre-registration is required

Join Detroit Audubon and self-taught naturalist Melissa McLeod for a walk along Nashua Creek, one of Detroit’s hidden nature gems! During migration, this forest is a great spot to look for warblers, Baltimore Orioles, birds of prey, and more. Please note: This walk is designed to be a more intimate small-group experience, so we do limit attendance numbers and require participants to sign up ahead of time. Thank you for understanding.

To sign up: Click here to RSVP


Magee Marsh

Date: Saturday, May 4th
Time: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
Leader: Jim Bull
Fee: $8 for Detroit Audubon Chapter Members, $12 for general admission

This is 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. In recent years we have also had nesting Bald Eagles, Woodcock, Common Night Hawk, and Screech Owls. If you’ve always wanted to go to Magee Marsh but haven’t been sure how to go about it, join us and have birding expert Jim Bull give you a guided tour! We’ll meet at the beginning of the Birding Boardwalk Trail on the deck with the warbler display (west end of the parking lot). Get there early or you may have to park far away! Please note: We will only run this field trip if we have a minimum of 10 participants signed up. If we do not reach that minimum, we will cancel the field trip and you will be refunded.

To sign up: Click here to purchase a ticket!


Elmwood Cemetery Walk

Date: Saturday, May 11th
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Leaders: Bailey Lininger 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 RSVP!


Point Pelee Campout

Dates: Thursday, May 16th – Sunday, May 19th
Leaders: Lee Burton and Mike Fitzpatrick
Fee: $17/person/night for camping, plus $7.80/person/day for park entry fee ($6.80 for seniors)

Point Pelee National Park is one of the best spring birding locations in North America, and birders from all over the world flock to this point jutting into Lake Erie every spring! If you are interested in joining this campout, please send your camping fees (checks made out to Mike Fitzpatrick), along with the first and last names of those in your party and a contact email address to Mike Fitzpatrick at 56 Hubbard Mt. Clemens, MI 48043. Park entry fees are paid at the park. For more information, please contact Lee Burton at 810-231-9045.


Eliza Howell Park Walk

Date: Saturday, June 8th
Time: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Leader: Leonard Weber
Fee: Free!

This walk will be led by Leonard Weber, the resident expert on all things nature in Eliza Howell Park. Taking a walk with Leonard through Eliza Howell is an experience everyone should have! Over 30 species of songbirds nest in Eliza Howell Park in Detroit. At the peak of their breeding season, we will view some of their nests. In a typical year, on this walk we see active nests of at least six species. This walk is good for participants of all ages.

To sign up: Click here to RSVP


Oak Openings

Date: Saturday, June 15th
Time: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Leader: Jim Bull
Fee: $8 for Detroit Audubon Chapter Members, $12 for general admission

Famous for its rare oak savannas and prairies, this Toledo area Metropark is a mecca for specialty breeding birds. Species often seen include Lark Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak, Summer Tanager, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Read-headed Woodpecker, Alder Flycatcher, and Henslow’s Sparrow. If you’ve never visited the Toledo area to get your nature fix, join us for an adventure south of the border! Please note: We will only run this trip if we have a minimum of 7 participants signed up. If we do not reach that minimum, the trip will be cancelled and you will be refunded.

To sign up: Click here to purchase a ticket


Elmwood Cemetery Walk

Date: Friday, June 21st
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Leaders: Bailey Lininger 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 RSVP


Crosswinds Marsh

Date: ˆSaturday, August 3rd
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Leader: Ava Landgraf
Fee: $1 for Detroit Audubon Chapter Members, $2 for general admission

Join us for a summer walk at Crosswinds Marsh! This beautiful constructed wetland is a great birding location all year-round. In the summer, the Barn Swallow community is especially active on the boardwalk, with many nests full of adorable nestlings.

To sign up: Not available yet, check back soon!


Elmwood Cemetery Walk

Date: Saturday, August 17th
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Leaders: Detroit Audubon and Elmwood Cemetery Foundation

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 sign up: Not available yet, check back soon!


Elmwood Cemetery Walk

Date: Saturday, September 21st
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Leaders: Bailey Lininger 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: Not available yet, check back soon!


Lake Erie Metropark

Date: Saturday, October 5th
Time: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Leader: Jim Bull
Fee:  $1 for Detroit Audubon Chapter Members, $2 for general admission

Lake Erie Metropark is one of the best places for hawk migration in North America if the winds are right, and this is a good time for migration of songbirds and waterbirds, too. We will traverse woodlands, boardwalks, and observation platforms looking for warblers, other songbirds and migrating water birds. We will also go down to the boat launch to observe the hawk migration for a while. Some years the number of hawks can be spectacular!

To sign up: Not available yet, check back soon!


Elmwood Cemetery Walk

Date: Friday, October 18th
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Leaders: Bailey Lininger 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: Not available yet, check back soon!


Elmwood Cemetery Walk

Date: Friday, November 1st
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Leaders: Detroit Audubon and Elmwood Cemetery Foundation

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 sign up: Not available yet, check back soon!


Owl Prowl

Date: Friday, November 1st
Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Leaders: Jim Bull and Oakwoods Metropark Naturalists

Join us for our next Owl Prowl adventure down at Oakwoods Metropark! This event will be co-hosted by Detroit Audubon and the naturalists at the Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center. We’ll walk along the trails, play calls for Screech Owls, Great Horned Owls, and more, and hopefully get to see and hear a few of these beautiful and mysterious birds.

To sign up: Not available yet, check back soon!


Point Edward and the Lake Huron Shore

Date: Saturday, November 9th
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Leaders: Jim Bull and Anne Goulden
Fee: TBD

Join us for a Canadian birding adventure! 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, Long-tailed 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 in the trip cost). This will not be a strenuous field trip–we will walk approximately half a mile at two locations on level ground.

To sign up: Not available yet, check back soon!


Belle Isle Winter Birding

Date: Saturday, November 23rd
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Leaders: Jim Bull and Bruce Szczechowski
Fee: Free!

Join us for an early winter field trip around Belle Isle! On this car caravan field trip, we’ll be looking for the fantastic winter waterbirds that call the Detroit River home. The stretch of the Detroit River that surrounds Belle Isle is home to one of the largest wintering Canvasback Duck populations in North America!

To sign up: Not available, check back soon!


Elmwood Cemetery Walk

Date: Saturday, December 14th
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Leaders: Bailey Lininger 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: Not available yet, check back soon!


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 ($35). For maps of all Metroparks, see http://www.metroparks.com/ParkMaps.