On Saturday, September 10, 2016, Ed Pike will be leading an introduction to waterbirds at McGulpin Point in Mackinaw City. This is a free event and all are welcome.
This field trip will help people observe and identify waterbirds that migrate through the Straits of Mackinac. Come to McGulpin Point on Saturday, September 10 at 7:30am. Participants will watch for waterbirds, including Common Loon, Red-necked Grebe, and White-winged Scoter as well as other species. They will see how the count is conducted, what kinds of birds have been seen so far, and what birds are expected. The trip will last one to two hours, depending on the weather and number of birds. This field trip is good for beginners through expert birders. The field trip is stationary so people may leave at any time even though the count goes on all day. The trip is offered jointly by Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch and Petoskey Regional Audubon Society.
Directions: From Mackinaw City, travel west on Central Avenue about 2 miles, turn north on Headlands Road. Park in the lot across the road from McGulpin Lighthouse. Remember the shoreline of the Straits is often windier and colder than areas nearby. Dress for the weather and bring an extra layer. Loaner binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided at this field trip. No pre-registration is necessary. If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Datlen at firstname.lastname@example.org.