Registration Information

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.

Due to an overwhelming response to our guided tours, we must limit registration to 4 tours per person. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we endeavor to make this a great adventure for all.

Event Registration by credit card is at our  Eventbrite link

If you cannot register online, please call 989-362-8643 at the Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce for assistance.

AuSable Valley Audubon thanks Elliot Nelson of MSU Extension for assistance with this Web-based registration program.  Elliot is Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator at MSU. 

Registration Check-in and Information Desk

  • Thursday May 17 – Opens at the Bay Inn at 4:00pm, closing at 8:00pm.
  • Friday May 18 –at The Bay Inn from 6:30am-9:30am and 4:00pm-8:00pm
  • Saturday May 19 –
    • At the Bay Inn 6:30am-9:30am.
    • Registration opens at Knights of Columbus Hall 10:00 am

Bay Inn is located at 1020 W Lake Street (US 23) in Tawas City, about one and a half miles south of M-55/ US -23 stoplight, The Bay Inn is on the west side of the road, away from Lake Huron.  989/362-0088 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What should I bring to the event?

Binoculars are an essential for any birding trip. Spotting scopes are helpful on some trips but are by no means necessary.

How should I dress? 

Due to widely variable weather we suggest you dress in layers to be prepared.  A sweater under a windbreaker jacket or waterproof rain jacket is recommended. Warm socks and light gloves are also recommended. Depending on the weather conditions during the event, very warm clothing including winter coats, heavy footwear, winter hats, and winter gloves may be very welcome on early morning tours, especially at Tawas Point State Park which is often much cooler than inland birding. Ticks are often a problem at this time of year.  Wearing long pants tucked into socks can help prevent bites.

How much walking is involved in the field trips?

All field trips include at least some walking. Walks at Tawas Point State Park take place on crushed gravel or packed dirt trails as well as on some sidewalks, parking lots and lawns. Car pool and evening field trips take place at a variety of locations and walking will be on a variety of surfaces. Expect slow paced walking and standing for the extent of most trips.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

  • For questions about registration contact Elliot Nelson at or 906-322-0353
  • For questions about the event and field trips contact Sue Duncan at

What’s the refund policy?

No refunds available. All sales are final.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

When registering online you will have the choice of either printing your own ticket or picking your ticket up at the registration desk. If you lose your ticket, new tickets can be printed at the registration desk during the event.

Can I update my registration information?

You can access and change your registration via the Eventbrite website. (link)  For assistance with registration contact Elliot Nelson at or 906-322-0353