8908 E G Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
Meet at the driveway of the preserve donor’s family, (1/3 mile west of 33rd Street, 2.5 miles east of M-43/Gull Road, just east of the powerline right of way).
Look for the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy’s sign on the south side of the road. While the family has been gracious enough to allow us parking in their lot, carpooling is always a good idea where possible!
The Myers Preserve is a wonderful combination of diverse wetlands and oak uplands, with plenty of edge habitat for great bird viewing. Given this, we’re anticipating a combination of classic oak woodland species (eg, Great Crested Flycatcher, Scarlet Tanager), wetland species (eg, Sora, Willow Flycatcher), and edge species (eg, Indigo Bunting, Song Sparrow), but the birdlife on this preserve is largely undocumented! The assistance of a bushel of ASK birders will be a great way to kick off a bird inventory on the property.
The trip will likely be 2 to 3 hours, hiking through some gentle topography 1.5 to 2 miles. A sturdy pair of hiking boots should be sufficient, and as we will be birding the fringe of some wetland areas, water resistant/waterproof is always a good idea for footwear.