Field Trip: Spring Migration at Black River Preserve

May 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Black River Preserve
See below for directions or carpooling
Mitch Lettow or John Mitchell

Thursday, May 16, 9:00 AM (*8:00 AM meet for carpool), Spring Migration at Black River Preserve, Leaders: Mitch Lettow (269-370-3732) and John Mitchell. RSVP Requested
Carpool: Meet at 8 AM in the southwest corner of the Meijer parking lot on M-43 (West Main) in Oshtemo. The group will leave shortly after. Otherwise, the walk will begin at 9 AM in the Black River Preserve parking lot.

Directions: From M-43: At the traffic circle at Maple Grove Corners, take CR-689 north to the T-stop at 8th Avenue. Turn right (east) on 8th Avenue, and look for the preserve on the south side. If you get to 68th Street, you’ve gone too far.

From 196: Exit east onto Phoenix Road (exit #20). Take Phoenix Road about 1/2 mile to 71-1/2 Street. Turn south onto 71-1/2 Street and go one mile to 8th Avenue. Go east on 8th Avenue, about one mile and look for the preserve entrance on the south side of the road.

Strategically located on a north-south Black River corridor and the Lake Michigan flyway, the Black River Preserve can be a hub of bird activity during migration. The preserve then has another layer of complex habitat types like floodplain forest, cool hemlock-lined stream ravines, second growth forest, and open meadows. This provides opportunities to see a great diversity of bird species in addition to local specialties like Red-shouldered Hawk and Louisiana Waterthrush. The experience of walking through the preserve’s complex terrain never disappoints.

  •  Please RSVP or send questions to space may be limited.
  •  Bring sturdy hiking shoes, water, and be prepared for abouttwo miles of hiking through steep terrain, sometimes with

    muddy trails.

  •  Three extra pairs of binoculars will be available for those whomay not have them.