* Southeast United States, not Southeast Michigan !
Our own Don Neumann will present his photographs starting in Atlanta before heading to the Atlantic coast at Savannah. From there he will follow I-95 down to the coast stopping at several locations before arriving at Jacksonville and the main destination: the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.
Actually the GFBWT isn't one destination but a series of over 500 sites throughout the state that provide millions of birds protected habitat with places for people to see them. Some sites cover thousands of acres while others cover just a few.
From beaches to swamps to forests to parks he'll show us birds from the American Oystercatcher to the elusive Yellow Rail with many others in between. We may even see a butterfly or two and possibly an alligator! It is, after all, Florida.
Many of you know Don as a member of our club. He is also a businessman, photographer and explorer. He owns and operates a seasonal business which allows him to pursue his passion for photography and explore our beautiful country.
In his thirties he took a winter job at a Colorado ski area (yes, a ski bum) and has been living a seasonal nomadic life since. Living (mostly) in Muskegon he has spent winters recently in Colorado, Montana and Georgia, but West Michigan will always be his home.
From 7:15-8:00 a.m. if you like, please join us for coffee and conversation at one of two restaurants: McDonald's on Sternberg Road east of Harvey St. near Meijer and the Lakes Mall or McDonald's on Beacon Blvd. (U.S. 31) in Grand Haven.
Around 8:20 we will convene in the parking lot on the north side of the Grand Haven Channel (from Ferrysburg take North Shore Drive west to Lake Michigan, south to Main Street, and then a right and left turn into the parking lot). We will spend about an hour looking for waterbirds and shorebirds along the pier.
We will then head back north and east to Ottawa Sands County Park (on the south side of Northshore Drive about 3/4 of a mile east of Lake Michigan, approximately one mile west of the Ferrysburg fire department).
We'll spend the rest of the morning walking the easy trails in the woods and along the east side of the park's lake. We should see many birds here including the park's resident Bald Eagles.
The trip will end around noon. The public is welcome. Hope to see you there!