International Migratory Bird Day at Asylum Lake Preserve

May 9, 2015 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Asylum Lake Preserve
Jan Shillito

Saturday, May 9, 8:30 AM, International Migratory Bird Day
at Asylum Lake Preserve, Leaders: Laura Beltran, Kent
Martin, and Jan Shillito (269-720-8063)
Meet at the Drake Road entrance, which is at the prairie
between Stadium Drive and Parkview Avenue, at 8:30 AM.
Please note that this trip will be advertised to the public and
the parking is limited, so please car pool if at all possible.
This special trip is in part to honor Kalamazoo artist
Amelia Hansen, who is this year’s featured artist for the 2015
International Migratory Bird Day. On this day, individuals
and groups all across North America, including Michigan, are
out counting all the birds they can find. Over time this
snapshot of migration is providing useful data on bird
populations. These trips will also be contributing to the
To keep the groups as small as possible, thereby making it
easier for everyone to see the birds, this trip will have three
experienced leaders who will each visit different areas of the
This is prime time in spring migration, and the varied
habitats of the preserve offer a broad selection of different
species, such as Wood Duck, Green Heron, woodpeckers,
Great-crested Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, swallows,
Eastern Bluebird, several species of warblers, Scarlet
Tanager, Savannah Sparrow, Baltimore Oriole, and maybe an
Eastern Meadowlark. Please note that free copies of Amelia’s
poster will be available.
These trips are open to all skill levels, and beginners in
particular are most welcome. The trails are generally good,
with some ups and downs and some with occasional exposed
tree roots. The trips will last about an hour and a half to two
hours. Dress for the conditions, as the trips will go rain or
shine. Bring binoculars, a field guide (if you have one), wear
suitable footwear; also a hat and insect repellent may be


IMND poster ENG near final R33