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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.

Please see below or check our calendar for information on upcoming bird walks.

Breeding Bird Survey Kickoff & Training
Thursday, April 12, 7 to 9 pm
Natural Area Preservation Office, 3875 East Huron River Drive

Learn how to survey for breeding birds in Ann Arbor's parks! Some experience in bird identification is necessary. Sign up for your favorite park, pick up survey materials, and learn about the 2017 survey results. Please register by April 9. For more information, or to register, call NAP at 734.794.6627, or send us an email at


Bird Walk
Friday, May 18, 2018
Gallup Park
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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.


Bird Walk
Friday, June 1, 2018
Argo Nature Area
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Join Natural Area Preservation's Ornithologist, Juliet Berger, for a walk around the Argo Cascades and Argo Bluffs, to celebrate the River Hop. Bring binoculars if you have them, and dress for the weather. Breeding birds will be settling down to nest, and we hope to see, and will definitely hear, a wide variety of them at this beautiful nature area along the Huron River. Meet at the canoe livery.


Bird Walk
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Wheeler Service Center, 4150 Platt Road
7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

The fields at Wheeler Service Center are home to uncommon grassland birds, including Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlarks. We’ll find these and other grassland species and look for waterfowl on the pond. Please come prepared to walk in fields of tall grass. Bring binoculars if you have them, but they are not required. Use the Platt Road entrance and look for us in the small parking lot at the first turnoff on the right.


Bird Walk
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Mary Beth Doyle Park
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Join us on a walk around this diverse park, which includes a storm water retention pond 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:!

​​Natural Area Preservation
3875 E. Huron River Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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