Every Wednesday evening from April 22nd through May 27th, the public is invited to join local Audubon Society members in spotting migratory birds at a location near Charlevoix. The evenings begin at 5:30 and last about two hours. During the first hour, participants can observe birds while seated outside. An optional, more rigorous walk through fields is led during the second hour. People are welcome to participate in any or all of the evenings. Each evening is held on a weather permitting basis.
Join PRAS president Darrell Lawson at his parents' property near Charlevoix for recurring evenings of birding at the Lawson's. The Lawson's and the surround area features a wide range of habitats that attract a large diversity of bird species as they both migrate through and settle down for the nesting season. Expect to see Hawks, Falcons, Warblers, Blackbirds, Ducks, Geese, Vireos, Sparrows, and many more. A few highlight species that the property hosted in the last couple of springs include: Sora, American Bittern, Red-headed Woodpecker, Summer Tanager, Northern Mockingbird, Clay-colored Sparrow, Canada Warbler, and more.
These informal evenings include a friendly potluck, so bring a dish to pass, something to grill, and whatever drinks you enjoy. In addition, bring a folding chair for dinner/feeder watching, binoculars, a spotting scope if you have one, and a field guide. The land can be kind of swampy during this time of the year, so waterproof footwear is also highly recommended. Each week should offer a different selection of species as new migrants arrive. For more info contact Darrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-330-4572. The Lawson's are located at 9502 Burgess Road, Charlevoix, MI 49720. You can find it on googlemaps by following this link http://goo.gl/w2OKPx