Field Trips

 

June 8, 2019 (Saturday) Kate’s Grade Marquette County

Meet at the Sands Township Hall (just south of the Crossroads) at 6:00 AM.  We will leave from there.

This is a great opportunity to see/hear spring warblers.  Cape May, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Mourning, Golden-winged, Tennessee warblers.  Many other species have been seen/heard in the past: Cuckoos, Yellow-bellied flycatchers, Gray Jays as well as wildlife.  This is one of my favorite places to go in the spring.  You never know what we’ll find!  Bring a lunch, beverage as well as your favorite bug dope.  What make this such a prime location for birds are the mosquitos, so be prepared.

Rain date will be Sunday, June 9th.  Same time.  Same meeting place.

Map to Kate’s Grade from Gwinn:Map to Kates Grade

 

 

RECENT PAST FIELD TRIPS:

NOTICE!!  Peninsula Point Picnic has been cancelled due to inclement weather for Sunday, May 19th 2019.  No other date has been set for a rain date.

UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS:

Sunday, May 19, 2019:  Field Trip to Peninsula Point- Spring Migration and Picnic!

Peninsula Point Lighthouse at the tip of the Stonington Peninsula is one of the best locations in the UP to witness spring migration. This year, LWAS will host an all-day birding event on Sunday, May 19

Time: All day (arriving around dawn will give you the best views)

Carpooling: Please make your own arrangements for rides.

Picnic: mid-day cookout in the picnic area – bring your own food and beverages

Driving Instructions: From US Highway 2 proceed 2.8 miles east from Rapid River; take the exit towards Stonington and travel south on County Road 513. Follow CR 513 for 17.7 miles to the tip of the peninsula, where you will find the Peninsula Point Lighthouse.

Information: Contact Beth Olson (phone: 906-360-4336 or email

tolson@chartermi.net)Hundreds of neo-tropical songbirds like warblers, tanagers, orioles, grosbeaks, vireos, buntings and thrushes are readily found each year along with shorter distance migrants like sparrows, jays, woodpeckers, chickadees and finches. On a good day, a birder can easily tally over 100 species including over 20 species of warblers. Some highlights from past field trips include both Summer and Western Tanagers, Hooded Warblers, Connecticut Warblers, Rose Breasted Grosbeaks, Indigo Buntings, egrets, swans, terns, yellowlegs, and hundreds of Whimbrels.

Join us for some of the spring’s best birding. A bonus of this gathering is that there will be plenty of expert birders available to help with spotting and bird-identification.

 

Annual Field Trip to Michigamme Highlands (Peshekee Grade)

November 10 (Saturday), 2018

Each fall, the Laughing Whitefish Audubon Society sponsors a field trip to the Michigamme Highlands to view boreal species and Canadian migrants. The trip explores the boreal forests along the Peshekee Grade Road and always offers interesting birding.

Carpool: Meet in the parking lot at 4th and Spring Streets in Marquette.

Time: 7:15 a.m.
Trip leader: Alec Olivier

For information: contact Beth Olson at tolson@chartermi.net or 906-360-4366

Everyone is welcome. Dress warmly and bring binoculars, food and water. For this field trip, it would be a good idea to pack a lunch. This is the only field trip during the year when you are guaranteed that there will be no ticks and no mosquitoes!

Bird species on this trip may include Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, Black-backed Woodpecker and possibly some other species from Canada, such as White-winged or Red Crossbill, Pine Grosbeak, Redpoll and Pine Siskin.

Everyone is welcome. Dress warmly and bring binoculars, food and water. For this field trip, it would be a good idea to pack a lunch. This is the only field trip during the year when you are guaranteed that there will be no ticks and no mosquitoes!

Bird species on this trip may include Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, Black-backed Woodpecker and possibly some other species from Canada, such as White-winged or Red Crossbill, Pine Grosbeak, Redpoll and Pine Siskin.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018:  PENINSULA POINT (On the tip of Lake Michigan’s Stonington Peninsula)
Time: all-day, but plan to arrive at dawn for the best viewing. Members of the club will be on-hand to assist in viewing and identification.
Picnic: mid-day cookout in the picnic area – bring your own food and beverages.
Transportation: Individual cars, or individually arranged car pools.
Driving Instructions: From US Highway 2 proceed 2.8 miles east from Rapid River; take the exit towards Stonington and travel south on County Road 513. Follow CR 513 for 17.7 miles to the tip of the peninsula, where you will find the Peninsula Point Lighthouse.
Information: Contact Beth Olson (phone: 906-360-4336 or email tolson@chartermi.net)
Description of Birds: Peninsula Point is one of the best locations in the UP to witness spring migration, and hundreds of neo-tropical songbirds like warblers, tanagers, orioles, grosbeaks, vireos, buntings and thrushes are readily found each year. Often the marshy beach can be covered in shorebirds with uncommon migrants like Whimbrel, Marbled Godwit, Red Knot and Piping Plover. White Pelicans are a near daily sight in May. Some of the more notable species seen in recent years include Hudsonian Godwit, Western Kingbird, Connecticut, Worm-eating and Hooded Warblers, Dickcissel, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Summer Tanager and Orchard Oriole.

 

 

 

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