October 2016 Monthly Presentation: Amazing Wanderers

October 24, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
People's Church
1758 10th St N
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Larry Boutelle

How do they do it? That question has been asked for ages. How do migrating birds find their way to the same wintering locations, then back again to breed in the “known” habitat that will afford them adequate food and safety? Bill Sweetman quotes author Scott Weidensaul saying the annual migration of birds is, “the world’s most compelling natural phenomena.” Bill will be our speaker in October exploring the marvels of bird migration, beginning with locally common species and moving to some newly discovered world-spanning migrations of several species. Why do they migrate? How do they navigate (sharing some of the new methods developed for tracking migration patterns)? It will be a time to wonder and to wander with the birds.
Bill Sweetman is a Michigan birder and a member of birding organizations from his Grand Rapids Audubon all the way to the American Birding Association. He was asked to conduct a Breeding Bird Survey route for the US Fish & Wildlife Service in Wexford County. And Bill is regularly involved in local “patch” monitoring and reporting on eBird. Bill leads field trips for the Grand Rapids Audubon and has also developed Bsweettours LLC, an ecotourism business, leading several tours a year to birding hotspots throughout the United States.

Our  7:30 PM program is preceded by a social time with light refreshments at 7 PM. Guests and the general public are encouraged to attend. Handicap parking and access is at either the front or rear entrance of the building. Please remember to bring your own coffee mug to reduce our dishwashing.