Event Calendar

Sep
25
Mon
September 2017 Monthly Presentation: Highlights from a Photographic Big Year @ People's Church
Sep 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join David Pavlik for the first presentation of ASK’s new program season as he presents photos and dialogue from his photographic big year aimed at raising awareness and funding for Hawaiian bird conservation. Dave will take you on a journey to some of the best birding locations in the United States, all the way from the Florida Keys to Alaska, in an attempt to photograph as many birds in a single year as possible. Dave has been a birder for over 15 years and has worked with many avian research institutes across the United States.
You are invited to join us to meet and hear Dave on September 25 at the People’s Church, 1758 North 10th Street, Kalamazoo. Our program starts at 7:30 PM and is preceded by a social time with light refreshments at 7:00 PM. Guests and the general public are encouraged to attend. Handicap parking and access is at either the front or rear entrance of the building. Please remember to bring your own coffee mug to reduce dishwashing.

Sep
26
Tue
Weekly Kal-Haven Trail Walks @ Kal-Haven Trail
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Our weekly Kal-Haven Trail walks will be on Tuesdays at 9:00 AM in September and October, starting at the Trailhead on North 10th Street between G and H Avenues. We walk about five miles roundtrip in 2-4 hours depending on the weather and the sights and sounds along the way. Anyone with a time crunch can turn around and walk back on their own.

Oct
3
Tue
Weekly Kal-Haven Trail Walks @ Kal-Haven Trail
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Our weekly Kal-Haven Trail walks will be on Tuesdays at 9:00 AM in September and October, starting at the Trailhead on North 10th Street between G and H Avenues. We walk about five miles roundtrip in 2-4 hours depending on the weather and the sights and sounds along the way. Anyone with a time crunch can turn around and walk back on their own.

Oct
8
Sun
The Big Sit Field Trip at the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery @ Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery
Oct 8 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Meet at Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery outside the Visitors’ Center. The hatchery is six miles west of US-131 on the southwest corner of M-43 and Fish Hatchery Drive. The parking lot is on Fish Hatchery Drive a tenth of a mile to the south of M-43.
This will be a compact version of The Big Sit. The object will be to count as many species as we see or hear from within a 17-foot circle that is centered on the observation deck on the south side of the main pond at the Hatchery. It is fun to watch the Hatchery wildlife come awake in the morning and come home to roost in the evening. You might want to bring binoculars, a field guide, and spotting scope if you have one. One scope will be available for sharing. There is a bench on the deck, although it may be wet from condensation or rain. Dress for the weather.

The Big Sit Field Trip at the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery @ Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery
Oct 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Meet at Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery outside the Visitors’ Center. The hatchery is six miles west of US-131 on the southwest corner of M-43 and Fish Hatchery Drive. The parking lot is on Fish Hatchery Drive a tenth of a mile to the south of M-43.
This will be a compact version of The Big Sit. The object will be to count as many species as we see or hear from within a 17-foot circle that is centered on the observation deck on the south side of the main pond at the Hatchery. It is fun to watch the Hatchery wildlife come awake in the morning and come home to roost in the evening. You might want to bring binoculars, a field guide, and spotting scope if you have one. One scope will be available for sharing. There is a bench on the deck, although it may be wet from condensation or rain. Dress for the weather.

Oct
10
Tue
Weekly Kal-Haven Trail Walks @ Kal-Haven Trail
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Our weekly Kal-Haven Trail walks will be on Tuesdays at 9:00 AM in September and October, starting at the Trailhead on North 10th Street between G and H Avenues. We walk about five miles roundtrip in 2-4 hours depending on the weather and the sights and sounds along the way. Anyone with a time crunch can turn around and walk back on their own.

Oct
12
Thu
Fall Color Golf Cart Tour on the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail @ Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, Markin Glen County Park
Oct 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The Kalamazoo County Parks Department is once again partnering with the Audubon Society of Kalamazoo in October when ASK will lead an educational program on the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail.
KRV Trail Fall Color Golf Cart Tour
Senior citizens and those with walking difficulties are invited to join us for a golf cart tour along the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. This leisurely journey will allow you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful fall colors and also perhaps some native fall wildflowers that grow along the trail. You will also learn about the threats to the survival of this wonderful fall flora. No prior knowledge is required – only an interest in the natural world and the environment. Feel free to bring binoculars to see what might be a bit off the trail. We’ll go about two miles round trip, and take about 1.5 hours.
When: Thursday, October 12, at 12:00 PM * Note time change.
Where: Meet at Markin Glen County Park at 5300 North Westnedge (park fee waived for participants).
Who: Seniors, age 55+ or those with walking difficulties
Sign-Up: Golf cart space is limited, so pre-registration is required. People able to walk the distance are welcome to accompany us on foot. For registration or questions, please call 373-5073.
Fee: Free

Oct
17
Tue
Weekly Kal-Haven Trail Walks @ Kal-Haven Trail
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Our weekly Kal-Haven Trail walks will be on Tuesdays at 9:00 AM in September and October, starting at the Trailhead on North 10th Street between G and H Avenues. We walk about five miles roundtrip in 2-4 hours depending on the weather and the sights and sounds along the way. Anyone with a time crunch can turn around and walk back on their own.

Oct
21
Sat
Fall Migrants Field Trip at West Lake Nature Preserve @ West Lake Nature Preserve
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Meet in the parking lot on South Shore Drive just east of Westnedge Avenue (9001 South Westnedge). We will walk out into the bog, scanning West Lake for waterfowl and checking the bog and woods for other migrants. Target species include Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Fox Sparrow, and Rusty Blackbird. We’ll walk a mile or a bit more on mostly level terrain. Some of the trails are likely to be wet and muddy, so waterproof footwear will be ideal. Bring a spotting scope if you have one and are willing to carry it along.

Oct
23
Mon
Audubon Society of Kalamazoo October 2017 Presentation: Avian Pigmentation @ People's Church
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Dr. Jeffrey Mckelvey for the second presentation of ASK’s new program season as he discusses “Avian Pigmentation.” Birds are among the most colorful of all animals. We’ll look at some of the reasons why. Much of it is due to pigments they incorporate into their feathers. The birds synthesize some of these while others are obtained from their food. Still other colors are due to the refraction of light by structural elements in the feathers themselves. These various sources of color can mix and match to produce almost any hue imaginable. Thus, birds can camouflage themselves to hide from predators, make themselves attractive to potential mates, and dazzle appreciative birdwatchers.
Dr. Mckelvey grew up in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, just east of the first ridges in the Appalachians. His family had always put out bird feeders, and he could identify all the common species before learning to read. When older, he spent much time in the mountains and woods, becoming an increasingly avid birdwatcher, which was the origin of his interest in biology. Dr. Mckelvey received an undergraduate degree in biology at West Virginia Wesleyan College. A PhD in physiology followed from Bowling Green State University. He then moved to Grand Rapids to take a job at Aquinas College. He has been there for 31 years and currently serves as chairperson of the Department of Biology and Health Science. Dr. Mckelvey mainly teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, but every other year he works in ornithology. He still enjoys birdwatching and talking about birds every chance he has.
You are invited to join us to meet and hear Dr. Mckelvey on October 23 at the People’s Church, 1758 North 10th Street, Kalamazoo. Our program starts at 7:30 PM and is preceded by a social time with light refreshments at 7:00 PM. Guests and the general public are encouraged to attend. Handicap parking and access is at either the front or rear entrance of the building. Please remember to bring your own coffee mug to reduce dishwashing.