Tawas Point on the shore of Lake Huron is a natural birding hot spot in the Spring as migrating birds follow the shoreline to their summer nesting habitats. Songbirds, shore birds and raptors all may be seen at this location and throughout Iosco County at forest, wetland and lake sites during May.
Since 2006, AuSable Valley Audubon has hosted an event to both educate and celebrate with local government, businesses and interested nature enthusiasts the impact and importance of bird migration in this area. The program has attracted a growing participation from throughout Michigan and a broader, even international, area. Michigan Audubon has joined the event for many years and plans to continue the Tawas Point Birding Festival in alternate years beginning in 2019. AuSable Valley Audubon is hosting an event this year called Tawas Point Migration 2018 with plans to continue this program in even numbered years for the future.
The Tawas Point Migration 2018 program offers a combination of high-quality guided birding opportunities for small groups coupled with indoor educational sessions designed for birders of all ages.
- Field trips include trails at Tawas Point State Park and car-pool destinations in Iosco County. Participants can expect to see Whip-poor-wills, Redheaded Woodpeckers, Trumpeter Swans, migrating warblers and our Baltimore Orioles. Some field trips focus on the unique Kirtland’s Warbler habitat.
- The educational program includes hands-on nature activities for kids as well as the very popular hour-long live birds show “The Wonder of Raptors.” More sessions include creating bird and butterfly gardens using native plants, (with plants on sale), a program about Peregrine Falcons, and an opportunity to learn about bird songs.
These web pages are designed to walk you through the details and locations of the Tawas Point Migration 2018 event and registration. The registration fee is $15.00 per adult for activities May 17 -19. Adults attending only the educational program on May 19 may register at the door for $5.00. Birders under 17 participate for free when accompanied by a paying adult. You may register on-line for the full event on this web page. Registration fees are kept low through the generous support of local sponsors.
Here are some quick links to Migration 2018 pages: