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.

Field Outings

March 28, 2019                An Environmental Look at Plants and Landscape Gardening
This program, co-sponsored with A Few Friends of the Environment and the World (AFFEW), will be a presentation by Sarah Pregitzer and Randy Butters will cover gardening with native species and problems with using exotics and invasive species.  This presentation will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Ludington Public Libary's West Shore Bank Room.
May 4, 2019                          Ludington State Park
Matthew McConnell will be leading this trip for spring migrants along the lakefront, the Big Sable River, and the Island Trail.  Expect to see gulls, terns, plovers, songbirds, herons and flycatchers.  Meet at the park's Warming Shelter at 8:30 a.m.
May 25, 2019                             Sheridan Township
Dave Dister will lead us to various wetland habitats, including Tallman and Round Lakes and the wetlands on the east side of the township.  Target birds include the common loon, purple martin, northern waterthrush, Canada warbler and white-throated sparrow.  Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Mason County Airport & Visitors Bureau.  Though we will be visiting wetlands, waterproof boots will not be required.
June 22, 2019                                                                            Meade Township
Dave Dister will lead us to the Dead Horse Marsh, the North Country Trail, and the Little Manistee River in search of the hermit thrush, yellow-rumped warbler, Canada warbler, dark-eyed junco, and the white-throated sparrow.  Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Mason County Airport and Visitors Bureau.
September 14, 2019                                                                      Grant Township
Dave Dister will lead us to upper Hamlin Lake and vicinity in the Manistee National Forest.  We will explore marshes for sandhill cranes and waterfowl.  While in the areas mixed forests, we will look for fall songbirds.  Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Mason County Airport and Visitors Bureau.

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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