Saturday, September 14, 9:00 AM, Early Fall Birding at Portman Preserve, Co-leaders: Donna Keller (269-207-2874) and Jim Ratliff
Join us for some early fall birding at Portman Preserve near Mattawan. We will walk approximately two miles over gently rolling topography in search of residents and fall migrants. The open water should provide us with some looks at ducks, the upland woods and the marsh boardwalk a variety of migrating warblers, vireos, thrushes, and flycatchers. Meet at the Portman Preserve parking lot at 9:00 AM and allow approximately two hours for the walk. The walk will be cancelled only in the event of thunder/lightning or torrential rain.
To reach the preserve from M-43, take M-43 west 2.75 miles from US-131 to Almena Road, which just goes to the left (south). Follow Almena Road for about 5.6 miles to 27th Street, which again just goes to the left. Follow 27th Street for 1.8 miles to 49th Avenue, which only goes to the right (west). In 0.8 mile the large preserve parking lot will be on the right.
From I-94, take I-94 west to the Mattawan exit (#66), then go right, or north, about a mile to the light at Stadium Drive. Turn left, go 1.5 miles to 27th Street, which only goes to the right. Then in 0.6 mile, at the first left, turn onto 49th Avenue. In 0.8 mile the large preserve parking lot will be on the right. The preserve is about 16 miles from downtown Kalamazoo.