Sable Dunes Audubon Meetings and Outings
Due to concerns about COVID-19, monthly programs are mostly outdoors. Proper masking and social distancing are required.
Sat., March 19, 2022
Victory Township Park & Upper Hamlin Lake
Dave Dister will lead us to Victory Township Park and Upper Hamlin Lake in search of migrant waterfowl, including the possibility of rare species such as Trumpeter Swans, Snow Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, and Ross’s Geese. Meet 9:00 a.m. at the Mason County Airport or 9:20 a.m. at Victory Township Park (ca. 9 miles via Jebavy Rd., Angling Rd., Fountain Rd., and Victory Park Rd.).
Sat., April 16, 2022
Ludington State Park, Hamlin Township
Matt McConnell will lead us at Ludington State Park. We will look for migrant waterfowl, early migrant shorebirds, and early migrant songbirds. Meet 8:30 a.m. at the Warming Shelter north of the river and toll booth.
Sat., April 23, 2022
In partnership with AFFEW we are hosting John Harville of the Michigan Bluebird Society. Mr. Harville will speak at the earth day celebration at the Methodist Church on Bryant Road in Ludington. He will discuss tactics to establish and enhance a Bluebird trail at your home or in your community. Following his presentation we will take a walk around the grounds of the Community Garden site to check on the four nest boxes we placed last fall. We also have three boxes at Lakeview Cemetary that had broods hatched last summer. Make an effort to attend this event with a friend and some youngsters. Time of events will be announced later.
Sat., May 7, 2022
Silver Lake State Park
Suzie Knoll will lead a field trip to Silver Lake State Park. Meet at Mason County airport at 7:15 AM or at 8 AM at the park at 14th St. and Silver Lake Drive.
Sat., May 14, 2022
Annual spring bird count.
All participants including the feeder watchers are invited to meet at the gazebo at Lincoln lake at 2 PM to share our sightings. Bring a chair, a beverage and snack to share (no need to share your chair) . It is always fun to talk about birds with other enthusiasts.
Sat., June 11, 2022
Muskegon State Game area and wastewater treatment plant
Dave Dister will lead this trip to the Muskegon State Game area and wastewater treatment plant. Meet at 8 AM at Mason County Airport or 9:15 at the main entrance to Muskegon Wastewater treatment plant. We will first explore the Muskegon SGA in search of the elusive Prothonotary Warbler and then head to the Wastewater Treatment Plant for waterfowl, shorebirds, and nesting gulls. Meet 8:00 a.m. at the Mason County Airport, or 9:15 a.m. at the main entrance to the Muskegon WWTP on Maple Island Road (take US 31 south to East Apple Avenue/M-46 and proceed east 6.8 miles to Maple Island Road, then north 2.2 miles to the WWTP entrance).
Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 6:30 PM at Ludington Library
Dave Dister will share photos of his 2022 birding trip to Florida. Snacks will be provided.
Sat., September 24, 2022
Suttons Landing, PM Conservation Park, & Ludington Harbor
Brian Brosky will lead us to Suttons Landing, the new Pere Marquette Conservation Park, and Ludington Harbor. We will be searching for late migrant songbirds, shorebirds, and terns, plus early migrant waterfowl. Meet 8:30 a.m. at the Mason County Airport.
October Meeting -- TBD
Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 6:30 PM
Annual Potluck dinner at Pentwater Methodist Church. Dave Dister will provide photos from his Arizona birding trip.