Water to Woods at Portman Nature Preserve

May 20, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Portman Nature Preserve
28534 49th Ave
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Mitch Lettow

From I-94 take the Mattawan exit (66) and head north (right) from the traffic circle onto Main Street. Head north for one mile to reach Red Arrow Highway, then go west (left) for 1.5 miles until 27th street (Owsiany Farm stand right on the corner), where you’ll turn right and head north. In ¾ mile you’ll turn left on 49thAvenue, heading west on 49th for another ¾ mile where the entrance to the preserve will be on your right (28534 – 49th Avenue). Walk will begin from the preserve parking lot at 9:00 AM.
Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy is thrilled to share this new preserve, and hoping to open this to the public this fall. Before official opening however, you’ll have a chance to take a “sneak peek” bird walk on the preserve. With remnant oak savanna and prairie fen ecosystems, lake frontage, and rare species, Portman has some unique offerings on top of the great birding. In fact, during the spring of 2014 ASK volunteers helped SWMLC document 100+ bird species utilizing the preserve! The “causeway” running along the east end of Mud Lake on the preserve offers a unique position to see migrant species utilizing lakeshore edges, in addition to a variety of resident species nesting on-site including Sandhill Cranes, Eastern Kingbirds, Baltimore Orioles, Yellow Warblers, and more.
***Please send your RSVP to conserveland@swmlc.org to sign up, as space will be limited on this walk.***