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This year will mark the 31st Annual Spring Fling: WPBO’s Celebration of Bird Migration when members and their guests “migrate” to Paradise, Michigan and the Whitefish Point area to visit with old friends, both human and avian. Many activities are being planned for another refreshing weekend of birding experiences.

Banquet and Keynote Address

The Role of the National Wildlife System in Conservation with Pam Repp

Join Keynote Speaker Pam Repp as she discusses the role the national wildlife system plays in conservation and the necessary collaboration of numerous organizations, both large and small. She’ll give an insider’s look at what it takes to manage the 10,000 acres of marsh, bottomland hardwood forest, and grasslands of Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge — a designated United States Important Bird Area for its global significance to migratory waterfowl. Pam will also highlight ways that others can and do support conservation efforts.

Pam has been the Refuge Manager of the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge since December 2016. She has over 30 years of experience working as both a biologist and manager within the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

 Seminars and Tours

  • Detroit River Hawk Watch – Citizen Science at its Best by Jerry Jourdan
  • The Migratory Mindset of Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch by Richard Couse
  • Guided Birds Walks on Whitefish Point Trails
  • Evening Owl Flight at the Hawk Deck

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Click here to register for the event.

If you have any questions, contact Education Coordinator Lindsay Cain at or at 517-580-7364.