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Field Trips

WPBO’s Field Trips: Birding Michigan Field Trip Series

The Birding Michigan Field Trip Series is WPBO’s field trip series, which offers birders of all skill levels the opportunity to spend time in the field with experienced leaders in some of Michigan’s best birding “hot spots,” while at the same time supporting Whitefish Point Bird Observatory’s research and education programs. These trips focus on visiting great birding places in Upper Michigan during peak times, and provide a great way to improve your identification and bird finding skills. Leaders for all trips are experienced birders and knowledgeable about the birds of Michigan. All have led numerous trips for WPBO or other birding organizations. If you have questions about these trips, contact us at events@michiganaudubon.org.

Winter Birding around the Soo

Trip Dates: January 20-21 or February 10-11, 2018

Winter birding in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan can be an amazing experience.  Snowy Owls, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Rough-legged Hawks and Northern Shrikes are almost always present.  Great Gray Owls, Northern Hawk Owls, Gyrfalcons, Northern Goshawks, Hoary Redpolls, Pine Grosbeaks, Evening Grosbeaks and Bohemian Waxwings are possible. WPBO has conducted these winter trips for over 20 years.

Space is limited.  Registration begins October 27, 2017 at 9 a.m.

Register Here for the January Trip    Register Here for the February Trip

Birding in Paradise

Trip Date: April 27, 2018

Leader(s): Skye Haas

A Spring Fling 2018 Pre-trip.

If you plan to attend Spring Fling 2018, why not get a head start on the weekend with this pre-Spring Fling trip?  The focus of the trip will be spring migration at the point including raptors, waterbirds and early passerines.  A lot of birding will be done at Whitefish Point itself, and this includes spending some time on the hawk platform.

Registration for this field trip coming soon. Visit the Spring Fling information page to find out more.

Searching for Spruce Grouse

Trip Date: April 29, 2018

Leader(s): Skye Haas & Elliot Nelson

A Spring Fling 2018 Post-trip.

Spruce Grouse in on the “most wanted” list for many birders and can be notoriously difficult to find on your own.  On this half day trip we will combine our knowledge and expertise, and the advantage of the collective eyes of a group, in an attempt to locate one or more of these birds while taking in the other birds and sights of the Whitefish Point area.  No guarantees, but we usually turn up one or more grouse.

Registration for this field trip coming soon. Visit the Spring Fling information page to find out more.