In 2012 with his kids out of college, Brian Allen decided to do a Michigan Big Year of birding (or to do it as well as possible for someone who was still working and married!) Tonight's program will be a bit about that big year, but more about how one could have a strategy for a Michigan Big Year: the places, timing, and information needed.
Brian is an optometrist working in Manistee. He has birded for 45 years and has been fortunate enough to do so in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South and Central America. He is a former member of the Michigan Bird Records Committee and is currently an eBird reviewer for northwest Michigan.
At 8:00 we will drive to the nearby Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve (south from the restaurant to Lake Ave., right at that traffic light onto Lake for 500 feet, then left into the well-marked parking lot). We will walk the trails of the preserve looking for whatever birds we can find.
Then we will drive west on Lake and Ruddiman Drive a few miles to the Snug Harbor parking lot of Muskegon State Park (vehicles should have Michigan Recreation Passport license plates). We will bird the harbor area and Lost Lake Trail. If time allows, we may continue out to Lake Michigan.
All of these areas are non-deer-hunting. The public is welcome. Hope to see you there!