Event Calendar

Sep
29
Thu
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery Birding Field Trip @ Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursday, September 29, 6:00 PM, Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Leaders: Donna Keller (269-207-2874) and Susan Schneider

Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery can be reached by driving west on M-43 approximately six miles from US-131. Turn south onto Fish Hatchery Road/County Road 652. Turn right into the second driveway. Meet outside the visitor center at 6:00 PM.

Join us as we explore the varied habitats at Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery in search of fall migrants. We will have scopes with us so participants can get good views of birds on the ponds. We’ll also check woodland edges for any warblers passing through. We will walk 1.5-2 miles

Oct
4
Tue
Weekly Kal-Haven Trail Birding Walks @ Kal-Haven Trail
Oct 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Continuing the years’ long tradition of Tuesday morning trail walks, our weekly Kal-Haven Trail walks will be on Tuesdays at 9:00 AM in September and October, beginning on September 6. We will meet and start at the trailhead on North 10th Street between G and H Avenues. A few of us walk 2.5 miles to the usually very birdy marsh at 8th Street and then back for a total of 5 miles, but anyone can cut that short and turn around at any time. There will not be a “leader” although someone will be keeping a species list.

During the walks, social distancing will be maintained. No spotting or shuttling of cars will be available unless you arrange your own. The Kal-Haven Trail walks are handicap accessible.

If you would like to be in an email group to be notified of the latest status of the walks or to discuss weather conditions, please send an email to Joyce Leppard at joyceannleppard@gmail.com.

 

Oct
8
Sat
Birding Field Trip: Kalamazoo River Valley Trail @ Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
Oct 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Saturday, October 8, 9:00 AM, Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, 856 Commerce Lane, Parchment, Leaders: Kent Martin (256) 751-3358 and Susan Creager

Join us for a leisurely stroll along the Kalamazoo River on the north side of Kalamazoo, as we search for migrating and resident birds. Expected migrant species include later warblers and thrushes, vireos, waterfowl, and sparrows, along with woodpeckers and other residents. Winter Wren and Bald Eagle are also possible. We will stay on concrete sidewalks and paved trail, covering 2 to 3 miles in total. Park along Commerce Lane or nearby streets and parking lots.

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

Continuing the years’ long tradition of Tuesday morning trail walks, our weekly Kal-Haven Trail walks will be on Tuesdays at 9:00 AM in September and October, beginning on September 6. We will meet and start at the trailhead on North 10th Street between G and H Avenues. A few of us walk 2.5 miles to the usually very birdy marsh at 8th Street and then back for a total of 5 miles, but anyone can cut that short and turn around at any time. There will not be a “leader” although someone will be keeping a species list.

During the walks, social distancing will be maintained. No spotting or shuttling of cars will be available unless you arrange your own. The Kal-Haven Trail walks are handicap accessible.

If you would like to be in an email group to be notified of the latest status of the walks or to discuss weather conditions, please send an email to Joyce Leppard at joyceannleppard@gmail.com.

 

Oct
16
Sun
Birding Field Trip: Al Sabo Preserve @ Al Sabo Preserve
Oct 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Sunday, October 16, 9:00 AM, Al Sabo Preserve, 6310 Texas Drive, Kalamazoo, Leaders: Susan Schneider and Kent Martin (256) 751-3358

We will walk about 2 miles as we visit some favorite spots for migrant activity near the trailhead, with late warblers, thrushes, vireos, and sparrows on the menu, along with local species such as Red-breasted Nuthatch. If there is enough interest, we will extend the walk another mile or so to check the upper end of West Portage Creek, where dabbling ducks are a good possibility. Trails will be mostly level, with a mix of hard packed dirt and paved asphalt. Parking is available at the above address, just east of the former Rota-Kiwan Boy Scout camp, 0.9 miles northeast of 8thStreet on Texas Drive or 1.8 miles southwest of the roundabout at 12th Street and West Milham Avenue.

Oct
18
Tue
Weekly Kal-Haven Trail Birding Walks @ Kal-Haven Trail
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Continuing the years’ long tradition of Tuesday morning trail walks, our weekly Kal-Haven Trail walks will be on Tuesdays at 9:00 AM in September and October, beginning on September 6. We will meet and start at the trailhead on North 10th Street between G and H Avenues. A few of us walk 2.5 miles to the usually very birdy marsh at 8th Street and then back for a total of 5 miles, but anyone can cut that short and turn around at any time. There will not be a “leader” although someone will be keeping a species list.

During the walks, social distancing will be maintained. No spotting or shuttling of cars will be available unless you arrange your own. The Kal-Haven Trail walks are handicap accessible.

If you would like to be in an email group to be notified of the latest status of the walks or to discuss weather conditions, please send an email to Joyce Leppard at joyceannleppard@gmail.com.

 

Oct
25
Tue
Weekly Kal-Haven Trail Birding Walks @ Kal-Haven Trail
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Continuing the years’ long tradition of Tuesday morning trail walks, our weekly Kal-Haven Trail walks will be on Tuesdays at 9:00 AM in September and October, beginning on September 6. We will meet and start at the trailhead on North 10th Street between G and H Avenues. A few of us walk 2.5 miles to the usually very birdy marsh at 8th Street and then back for a total of 5 miles, but anyone can cut that short and turn around at any time. There will not be a “leader” although someone will be keeping a species list.

During the walks, social distancing will be maintained. No spotting or shuttling of cars will be available unless you arrange your own. The Kal-Haven Trail walks are handicap accessible.

If you would like to be in an email group to be notified of the latest status of the walks or to discuss weather conditions, please send an email to Joyce Leppard at joyceannleppard@gmail.com.

 

Oct
30
Sun
Birding Field Trip: Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery @ Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Sunday, October 30, 10:00 AM, Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, 34270 County Road 652, Mattawan, Leaders: Kent Martin (256) 751-3358 and Susan Creager

Late fall is a great time to check the hatchery for a variety of ducks, with dabblers and diving ducks both likely to occur. We will have spotting scopes available as we survey the ponds for activity. This is a good opportunity for extended viewing of slower moving targets, and popular for family groups. Trails are level, wide, packed dirt/gravel, and we will cover a mile or two in total. Hatchery parking is accessed from County Road 652, just south off of M-43 in Van Buren County.Hot chocolate will be served in the visitor center afterward.