2020 Field Outings

Mason and Oceana Counties contain excellent birding habitat.  With nearly 60 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, numerous inland lakes, wetlands and rivers, and a mixture of forests and agricultural land, these two counties provide ample opportunity to get outside and bird.  Whether you are a long time birding resident or are new to birding in the county, join us on a field outing to one of the counties' birding hotspots.
March 6, 2020                                                               Mason County Owl Foray  
On Friday, March 6, 2020, at 7 p.m., Dave Dister will lead us to on an owl foray to locations on Fischer Road, where Dave has had success hearing owls in the past.  The moon should be nearing full phase, so this promises to be an enchanting adventure.  Meet at the parking lot north of the Ludington Mancino's, where we will car pool to the Fischer Road sites. 
May 16, 2020              Ludington Harbor and Vicinity
Matthew McConnell will lead us on a search for migrant shorebirds, gulls, terns and waterfowl, with stops at Ludington Harbor, Stearn's Beach, the Ludington Municipal Marina and Peter Copeyon Park.  Meet at 8 a.m. at the Loomis Street parking lot, south of Ludington Avenue.
May 30, 2020                   Riverside Park and Vicinity
Dave Dister will lead us through Riverside Park, south of Scottville, for a search for warbling vireo, Baltimore orioles, rough-winged swallows, yellow-throated vireos and red-headed woodpeckers.  The outing cover the boat launch area, on the west side of the road, as well as the swampy habitats along the river and near the campground.  Meet at the Mason County Airport and Visitors Bureau, for carpooling, at 8 a.m., or meet directly at Riverside Park at 8:30a.m.
June 18, 2020                                                                               Arcadia Marsh
Dave Dister will lead us on an outing to Arcadia Marsh, in northern Manistee County. Last summer, a one mile long stretch of boardwalk was completed across the marsh, which provides excellent viewing of breeding waterfowl, rails, yellow warblers, marsh wrens and other wetland specialists.  Meet at the Mason County Airport and Visitors Bureau, for carpooling, at 8 a.m.  The drive to Arcadia Marsh will take close to an hour and we may stop at a restaurant afterwards for lunch.
August 28, 2020                                               Gales Pond and Hart Biopure Facility
Suzie Knoll will lead us on an outing to Gales Pond to look for migrant songbirds and then to the Hart Biopure Facility, Hart's wastewater treatment facility to search for waterfowl and shorebirds.  Meet at the Mason County Airport and Visitors Bureau, for carpooling, at 8:30 a.m., or meet directly at Gales Pond at 9 a.m.
October 10, 2020                                                                  Ludington State Park
Dave Dister will lead us on a search for late migrant gulls, terns, shorebirds and songbirds on this trip at Ludington State Park.  Meet at the warming shelter, north of the park entrance booth, at 9 a.m.  A state park Recreation Passport is required.

Oceana Conservation District Outings

In addition to the activities listed on this page, our friends at the Oceana Conservation District host a variety of birding outings in Oceana County.  Visit their events page at www.oceanaconservation.org for their calendar of happenings.

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