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Birds of Ann Arbor

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Birding Wheeler with group 2016.JPG NAP Ornithologist Juliet Berger leads a bird walk at the capped portion of the landfill at the Wheeler Service Center

Join us to learn more about birds!

​Hone your bird-watching skills by looking for the breeding birds of Ann Arbor!  View our field checklist here (pdf).  Bring it along on one of our nature hikes or bird-watching walks.

Upcoming Bird Walks:

Friday, May 19th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Gallup Park

Take an evening walk in Gallup Park and Furstenberg Nature Area with NAP Ornithologist, Juliet Berger. We'll look for the Baltimore Orioles that nest there, and see many other birds along the river as well. Bring binoculars if you have them, but they are not necessary. Meet at the Gallup Canoe Livery, 3000 Fuller Road. Be prepared for uneven terrain, mosquitoes and rainy or muddy conditions. Free.

Saturday, June 10, Wheeler Service Center, 7:30 a.m. TO 9:30 a.m.

The Wheeler Service Center is a great place to see rare grassland species like Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlarks and to hear their cheery songs. We’ll enjoy them and look for other birds in the woods and on the pond. Please come prepared to walk in fields of tall grass. Bring binoculars if you have them, but they are not necessary. Use the Platt Road entrance and look for us in the small parking lot at the first turnoff on the right.

Saturday, September 9th, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Mary Beth Doyle Park

Join us on a walk around the diverse Mary Beth Doyle Park, which includes a storm water retention pond that is often frequented by migrating shorebirds. If there is mud around the pond, we may see Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, and other more exotic species. There may be migrating waterfowl on the pond as well. We'll also search for fall migrating songbirds in the woods. Bring binoculars if you have them, and be prepared for walking in potentially muddy areas. Meet us in the parking lot at the end of Birch Hollow Drive.

Learn more about area birds at:

Ten ways YOU can help birds thrive in human-populated areas:

Found a nest?  Want to help monitor it (hooray participatory science)! Check out Cornell's NestWatch program here:

And, of course- you can get some tips on how to plan your garden to help feed and sustain wildlife at NWF's "Garden for Wildlife" webpage here: !

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