On the bridge at Warren Woods State Park
Yellow-rumped Warbler at Warren Dunes State Park
Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Warren Dunes State Park
Our annual Potluck Picnic Meeting will be in the pavilion at the center of the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve in North Muskegon (entrance on Lake Ave. just west of the Veteran's Memorial Causeway). The meal will begin at 6:00 p.m. Please bring your own picnic plates and utensils.
The brief business meeting will include election of officers for our 2017-2018 season. Then we will take an evening bird-walk around the preserve.
Hope to see you there!
This annual club event was organized by Margaret Drake Elliott and George Wickstrom long ago. Locations have changed over the years, but the basic purpose has remained unchanged: a group of us spends all day trying to find the maximum number of bird species within the confines of Muskegon County.
This year a few hard-core individuals will meet at the Lane's Landing outer gate before 5:00 a.m. to listen for night birds. This is one mile north of the Muskegon County Wastewater entrance on Maple Island Road in the low area just after the road crosses Mosquito Creek. Be careful pulling into and out of Lane's Landing! Cars on Maple Island Road travel fast!
At 5:00 we will drive in on the one-mile Lane's Landing road, pausing to listen along the way, and park our cars near the inner yellow gate.
From there we will listen for additional species until the sky provides enough light to see birds. As other people gradually arrive, our group will bird the marsh trail north and into the “prothonotary woods”, then up to the Muskegon River if the footing allows.
After returning to our cars, we will drive up Maple Island Road a little over a mile and turn left into the entrance of the DNR's State Game Area headquarters. We will bird along the Maple River the rest of the morning and then eat our brown bag lunches on the porch of the DNR headquarters building.
For a few hours in early afternoon we will look for birds on the Wastewater properties. This will be mostly from our cars so a walkie-talkie tuned to Channel 11, Subchannel 00 can be helpful, but is not necessary.
Our later afternoon schedule will be determined by what species we still need.
The core group will eat supper at the North Muskegon McDonald's followed by a walk around the nearby Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve. Then it's out to Snug Harbor at Muskegon State Park to walk the fringes and trails. Before the light fails we will drive out to Lake Michigan and south to the Muskegon Channel in hopes of counting some final species.
Anyone may join and leave our core group at anytime throughout the day. Don't forget food and drink if you plan to lunch with us at DNR Headquarters. Waterproof footgear is recommended for the morning walks as is bug repellent for the wooded areas.
We hope you can join us for at least part of this annual event.
- Ric Pedler