Our complete 2014 field trip schedule is not quite ready, but we are pleased to announce our long-running Sault Ste. Marie area field trips, which run in January and February. These trips focus on species hard to see down-state in Michigan, such as Sharp-tailed Grouse, Snowy Owl, Pine Grosbeak, and many others. Maybe we will turn up a Northern Hawk Owl, Great Grey Owl, or Boreal Chickadee as well! This trip is always great fun (if a bit cold). Check out our field trip series here.
Whitefish Point provides a phenomenal concentration spot for migrant birds. Here, land and water features create a natural migration corridor. Tens of thousands of birds are funneled to the Point every Spring and Fall while migrating through the Great Lakes region. For over 30 years, Whitefish Point Bird Observatory has been monitoring and documenting these annual migrations. Our mission is to document the distribution and abundance of birds in the Great Lakes Region, with special emphasis on migration.
The Quilt Raffle was concluded on Oct. 30th, with the following winners drawn:
- The first place winner was Mary Carnahan of Marquette, MI, whose prize was the Owl Quilt itself.
Our tour began at Whitefish Point in cold and windy conditions. However, winds were out of the northwest which was a good thing! We started off on the observation platform by the lighthouse and enjoyed the migration from there. A few Sanderlings and a single Baird’s Sandpiper were on the beach to greet us and the Baird’s was a lifer for most people.
The 30th Annual WPBO Raffle is now underway. Once again, Nancy Ochoa has crafted the first prize quilt, a really beautiful one with an owl theme.
Day One: Unlike bird-watching adventures, we were able to begin our day with a leisurely 7:30 breakfast at the Berry Patch in Paradise. And, for the first time in two years I started a tour without rain.
Our first stop was to fill in a “want” for Warren. We stopped at Tahqua Trail and found our first interesting plant of the day – Purple-fringed Orchid. There were a few interesting sedges and our first goldenrods nearby, but little else at this first roadside stop as we were now on a mission. Our target was Forest Service Road 3344.