2021 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.
May 1, 2021                                           Bass Lake, Reservoir Overlook, & South Pier
Dave Dister will lead us to Bass Lake, the Pumped Storage Reservoir Overlook, and the South Pier at Ludington Harbor. We will look for late migrant waterfowl, early migrant shorebirds, and early migrant songbirds. Meet 8:30 a.m. at the west end of Marrison Road (off the Pere Marquette Highway) by the east edge of Bass Lake.
May 22, 2021                 Otto Nature Preserve & Silver Lake State Park, Oceana County   
Suzie Knoll will lead us to the new 80-acre forested Otto Nature Preserve in Benona Township, and then Silver Lake State Park in Golden Township.  We will be looking for migrant songbirds, including Hooded Warblers at Otto N.P. Meet 8:00 a.m. at the Mason County Airport, or 8:45 a.m. at the Otto Nature Preserve (from US 31 exit 144, go west on W. Shelby Road to 16th Avenue, and turn left to NP parking lot ¼ mile south on the right).
June 5, 2021                                                     Eden Township & Logan Township            
Matt McConnell will lead us to Eden Township and Logan Township in search of breeding songbirds, including rarities such as Acadian Flycatcher, Cerulean Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Mourning Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, and White-throated Sparrow. Meet 8:00 a.m. at the Mason County Airport, or 8:30 a.m. on Sippy Road by the stream crossing in MNF (1.0 mile east of Custer Road).
September 11, 2021              Ludington Harbor, Stearns Park, & Ludington State Park                
Dave Dister will lead us to Ludington Harbor, Stearns Park, and Ludington State Park in search of migrant shorebirds, gulls, terns, and songbirds, including Semipalmated Plover, Sanderling, Baird’s Sandpiper, American Pipit, and Yellow-rumped Warbler. Meet 9:00 a.m. at the Loomis Street boat launch (not the Mason County Airport).