Allegan State Game Area Field Trip

May 19, 2013 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
US-131 and D Avenue car park
Russ Schipper
(269) 375-7210

We will meet at the US-131/D Avenue commuter parking lot and leave at 7:30 AM. The D Avenue exit is #41 and is the first one north of the West Main Street exit, about five miles. The parking lot is located between the exit ramps. I know this may seem early for some, but I propose that you trust me that it will be worth it. Birds are far more active in the first few hours of the morning and we want to take advantage of that.

The Allegan State Game Area is one of the premier birding areas in Southwest Michigan, and because of its size, 50,000 acres, it has several habitats hosting different bird species. Many of the species we will be looking for will be on territory, though there will be some late migrants as well. My plan is to visit a few different locations with different habitats, from forest to grasslands. We’ll travel by car, in radio contact, to the various areas and bird them on foot. The walking will be minimal. Dress for the weather, and it may be a good idea to bring insect repellant. In no particular order, some of the species we should find (see or at least hear) are Bobolink; Eastern Meadowlark; Savannah and Grasshopper Sparrows; Cerulean, Prothonotary, Blackburnian, Hooded, and Pine Warblers; Acadian, Willow, and Least Flycatchers; and maybe Black Tern. We should be back by about 11:30 AM. A restroom (outhouse) break will be provided