May 19-22 2016
Iosco County, Michigan
The Tawas Point Birding Festival offers workshops, speakers and great birding at one of the top birding location for spring warblers in the Great Lakes region. Tawas Point State Park on Lake Huron is known for attracting high concentrations of migrating warblers and other insect-eating birds in May just as insects emerge.
Tawas Point Birding Festival Highlights
The Tawas Point Birding Festival offers an unrivaled opportunity for birders in the Great Lakes region to enjoy birding, learn about wildlife photography, hone their birding skills and learn about bird conservation efforts in Michigan. Festival field trips will cover Tawas Point State Park, a sandy comma-shaped peninsula about 180 miles north of Detroit that serves as a well known “trap” for migrating birds, often in high numbers during bad weather.
The checklist of birds seen at the park includes ducks, geese, swans and other waterfowl, and well as many species of hawks, kites and the Bald Eagle. Falcons, cranes, sandpipers, gulls and terns, woodpeckers, owls and even the Ruby-throated Hummingbird (in the summer).
At the Tawas Point Birding Festival the colorful warblers are the stars: Kitrland’s, Blue-winged, Golden-winged, Tennessee, Orange-crowned, Nashville, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Yellow-throated, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Cape May, Black-throated, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, Pine, Prairie, Palm and more. Even sparrows normally seen on on grasslands, pass through Tawas Point in time for the spring birding festival.
Tawas Point Birding Festival Workshops
The birding festival has a wide variety of workshops from identifying birds by their vocalizations to iPhone digiscoping. The festival keynote will be given by a pair of top birders: Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle. Their presentation is titled “The Overlooked ID Points that Make Identifying Warblers Easy.”
Birding Festival Organizer
The Michigan Audubon Society is the oldest and most effective conservation organizations in the state, protecting more then 3,500 acres of important wildlife habitat in 19 sanctuaries in the upper and lower peninsulas. The non-profit organization is a partner in the Important Bird Areas program which protects bird habitat needed to sustain threatened and endangered birds.
Michigan Audubon Society Conservation Efforts
The mission of the Michigan Audubon Society extends beyond conservation to connect birds and people through education and research efforts in Michigan. The organization has over 2,000 individual and business members, and 41 active local chapters statewide that sponsor a variety of research and data collection projects. These projects include the Michigan Breeding Bird Atlas, the Michigan Winter Bird Feeder Survey, the Michigan Christmas Bird Count, the North American Migration Count, and the Michigan Bird Records Committee.
Michigan Audubon Society and the Kirtland’s Warbler
Once living on the brink of extinction, the Kirtland’s Warbler has benefited from a variety of conservation efforts of the Michigan Audubon Society. The species remains on State and Federal Endangered Species lists. Areas protected and conserved by the Michigan Audubon Society include rivers, lakes, marshes, bogs, fens, grasslands, hardwoods, and northern conifer forest communities.
These protected lands serve not only as a refuge for many species of wildlife, but also to preserve a wide range of Michigan’s valuable natural resources. These lands also are focal points for many kinds of recreation, education, and research activities.