Field Trip: Shorebirds at Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery Ponds

September 3, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery
34270 County Road 652
Mattawan, MI 49071
Russ Schipper

Meet at Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery just outside the Visitors’ Center. The hatchery is six miles west of US-131 on the southwest corner of M-43 and Fish Hatchery Drive. The parking lot is on Fish Hatchery Drive a tenth of a mile to the south of M-43.
The main pond has been lowered since about mid-July which has created some good shorebird habitat, something that is very scarce around here. The shorebirds are making their way from the arctic to the Gulf of Mexico, Central, and South America and they need stopover sites like this to refuel. If you have a spotting scope, be sure to bring it; if not there hopefully will be scopes to share, besides mine. For those who are interested, we will have a short “seeing through a spotting scope” training session 15 to 20 minutes prior to the trip. If you are not accustomed to looking through a scope, please come early and I’ll give you some pointers. Having practiced looking through a scope will give you a better chance of getting a good view of the birds. So come early for the scope session. I expect the trip will be about an hour and a half. The trails at the hatchery are good. You might want mosquito repellant.