CANCELLED – ASK Counts Birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count at the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery

February 14, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery
Jan Shillito

Due to weather and wind chill advisories and icy walking conditions, this field trip scheduled for Saturday, February 14, at 10:00 at Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery is CANCELLED.

Take M-43 west from US-131. About one mile west of the Van Buren/Kalamazoo County line or VanKal Road, turn south onto Fish Hatchery Road. Turn into the second drive to the right and park in the lot. Meet inside the Interpretive Center.

The hatchery is a great spot for us to participate in the GBBC. It has a few different habitats and, most importantly, there is open water in winter. We will try to find all the birds that are calling the hatchery home for the winter and count how many of them there are. Previous counts have yielded some interesting species, including Wilson’s Snipe, Trumpeter Swan, Green-winged Teal, Eastern Bluebird, Northern Mockingbird, Field Sparrow, and Fox Sparrow. Perhaps some of these or other interesting species might show themselves this year. We will spend about an hour and a half walking around the dikes and woods. Be sure to dress for the weather. The dikes are quite open and it is usually even colder and windier there than other places, so dressing waterproof, windproof, warm, and in layers makes for a more enjoyable event. Warm hands, feet, and head are particularly important. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. Spotting scopes will be shared.