Event Calendar

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.

Oct
24
Tue
Weekly Kal-Haven Trail Walks @ Kal-Haven Trail
Oct 24 @ 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
29
Sun
Fall Bird Walk at Portman Nature Preserve @ Portman Nature Preserve
Oct 29 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Leaders: Jim Ratliff and Donna Keller  Meet at the parking area at 9:00 AM. To find Portman: From I-94 take the Mattawan Exit (#66) and head north (right) from the traffic circle onto Main Street. Continue north for one mile to Red Arrow Highway, then turn left (west). Carry on for 1.5 miles, then turn right (north) onto 27th Street (look for Owsiany Farm Stand on the corner). Continue traveling north for 0.75 mile, then turn left (west) onto 49th Avenue. Go about 0.75 mile to the preserve entrance on the right/north side of the road (just west of the old white farm house at #28534). Join us at the brand new Portman Preserve, the latest acquisition by the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, for a morning of birding and exploring the property. We will spend some time looking for migrating waterfowl on one or both lakes on the property. We will also explore the woodland trails. Approximate distance: 1-2 miles.

Oct
31
Tue
Weekly Kal-Haven Trail Walks @ Kal-Haven Trail
Oct 31 @ 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.