Event Calendar

Apr
25
Tue
Weekly Kal-Haven Trail Bird and Nature Walks @ Kal-Haven Trail
Apr 25 @ 8:00 am

Our weekly Kal-Haven Trail walks will be on Tuesdays at 8:00 AM in April and May, 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. You no longer need an annual pass or to pay a daily fee.

Apr
28
Fri
Audubon Society of Kalamazoo Field Trip to West Lake Nature Preserve @ West Lake Nature Preserve
Apr 28 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

Meet at the Preserve parking lot. The Preserve is on the corner of South Westnedge Avenue and South Shore Drive, a little over a mile south of Centre Street. Turn east onto South Shore Drive and the entrance to the parking lot is almost immediately to the left.
West Lake Nature Preserve has both woodland and wetland habitats that are good for migrant birds. The two wetland areas offer open views, one over a boggy/marshy area and one over West Lake. We’ll be looking for early migrating warblers, vireos, thrushes, and others. On West Lake, we may see some ducks, loons, or terns. We will walk about a mile on easy trails, but parts of the boardwalks through the bog and wetlands are usually wet, even ankle deep or higher. Knee-high waterproof footwear is highly recom-mended. Bring binoculars and field guides. Insect repellent may be worth having along as well. The trip should be about two hours.

May
2
Tue
Weekly Kal-Haven Trail Bird and Nature Walks @ Kal-Haven Trail
May 2 @ 8:00 am

Our weekly Kal-Haven Trail walks will be on Tuesdays at 8:00 AM in April and May, 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. You no longer need an annual pass or to pay a daily fee.

May
4
Thu
Kalamazoo River Valley Trail Spring Wildflower Golf Cart Tour @ Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, Markin Glen County Park
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Senior citizens and those with walking difficulties are invited to join us for a golf cart tour of the spring wildflowers along the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. This leisurely journey will allow you the opportunity to see and learn about our native spring wildflowers that grow along the trail. You will also learn about the threats to the survival of this wonderful spring 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.
Tour 1
When: Thursday, May 4, 10 AM
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.

Kalamazoo River Valley Trail Spring Wildflower Golf Cart Tour @ Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, Markin Glen County Park
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Senior citizens and those with walking difficulties are invited to join us for a golf cart tour of the spring wildflowers along the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. This leisurely journey will allow you the opportunity to see and learn about our native spring wildflowers that grow along the trail. You will also learn about the threats to the survival of this wonderful spring 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.
Tour 2
When: Thursday, May 4, 12:00 PM
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.

May
5
Fri
Asylum Lake Preserve Field Trip @ Asylum Lake Preserve
May 5 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am

Meet at the Winchell Avenue entrance to the preserve. From Oakland Drive take Winchell Avenue to the west just over three miles; the entrance is on the left, park on the road. From Stadium Drive, turn south at the light for Rambling Road, which is about 3.5 miles east of US-131. Follow Rambling Road about 3/4 mile and turn right onto Winchell Avenue. The entrance is just under two miles and is on the left.
We’ll walk the woodland trails and check out the lake. Time permitting, we will also walk through some of the grassland area. At this time of year, we’ll be looking for warblers, vireos, thrushes, tanagers, orioles, grosbeaks, sparrows, and grassland birds, along with ducks on the lake. Some of these birds will be migrants, and some will be residents. The woodland trails are somewhat hilly. Dress for the weather. Bring your binoculars, bird book, and insect repellant. The trip should last 2 to 2½ hours.

May
8
Mon
Birding Kleinstuck Preserve @ Kleinstuck Preserve
May 8 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Meet at the Chevy Chase entrance to the preserve. Chevy Chase crosses Oakland Dr. about a quarter mile north of Parkview Ave. Go down the hill to the east one block. The preserve entrance is at the guardrail just around the corner. Birders of all ages and levels of experience are welcome to join us for an evening walk tfhrough beautiful Kleinstuck Preserve in Kalamazoo. On this approximately 3/4-mile loop around the marsh on easy terrain, we will keep an eye out for both residents and migrants like the Barred Owl, thrushes, tanagers, grosbeaks, warblers, and more. Join us for all or just part of the walk if you need to leave early.

May
9
Tue
Weekly Kal-Haven Trail Bird and Nature Walks @ Kal-Haven Trail
May 9 @ 8:00 am

Our weekly Kal-Haven Trail walks will be on Tuesdays at 8:00 AM in April and May, 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. You no longer need an annual pass or to pay a daily fee.

May
16
Tue
Weekly Kal-Haven Trail Bird and Nature Walks @ Kal-Haven Trail
May 16 @ 8:00 am

Our weekly Kal-Haven Trail walks will be on Tuesdays at 8:00 AM in April and May, 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. You no longer need an annual pass or to pay a daily fee.

May
20
Sat
Water to Woods at Portman Nature Preserve @ Portman Nature Preserve
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

From I-94 take the Mattawan exit (66) and head north (right) from the traffic circle onto Main Street. Head north for one mile to reach Red Arrow Highway, then go west (left) for 1.5 miles until 27th street (Owsiany Farm stand right on the corner), where you’ll turn right and head north. In ¾ mile you’ll turn left on 49thAvenue, heading west on 49th for another ¾ mile where the entrance to the preserve will be on your right (28534 – 49th Avenue). Walk will begin from the preserve parking lot at 9:00 AM.
Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy is thrilled to share this new preserve, and hoping to open this to the public this fall. Before official opening however, you’ll have a chance to take a “sneak peek” bird walk on the preserve. With remnant oak savanna and prairie fen ecosystems, lake frontage, and rare species, Portman has some unique offerings on top of the great birding. In fact, during the spring of 2014 ASK volunteers helped SWMLC document 100+ bird species utilizing the preserve! The “causeway” running along the east end of Mud Lake on the preserve offers a unique position to see migrant species utilizing lakeshore edges, in addition to a variety of resident species nesting on-site including Sandhill Cranes, Eastern Kingbirds, Baltimore Orioles, Yellow Warblers, and more.
***Please send your RSVP to conserveland@swmlc.org to sign up, as space will be limited on this walk.***