Birding Asylum Lake Preserve

May 11, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Asylum Lake Preserve
Winchell Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Jan Shillito

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 pond. 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 pond. 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.