AuSable Valley Audubon members live in the Tawas and Oscoda/AuSable area. The club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Usually alternating between Oscoda High School and Tawas High School. There are NO formal meetings scheduled in July & August. The October monthly meeting is traditionally our annual joint meeting in Alpena with the Thunder Bay Audubon. See monthly meeting calendar for particulars. See you there! Please check yearly calendar for changes and events.
What is our usual birding area?
We bird along the coast of Lake Huron from Alabaster to Negwegon State Park. Inland we bird all of Iosco and Alcona counties. We especially enjoy the AuSable River, which has 19 active Bald Eagle nests, magnificent Trumpeter Swans, and some Sandhill Cranes, and many warbler species.
The crowning warbler in our area is the nesting Kirtland’s Warbler. It nests in both counties. Moreover, the vast amount of state- and federal-owned land provide exceptional access for birding opportunities.
In May we also enjoy the spring migration at Tawas Point State Park, where nearly 300 species have been recorded. Year around, we find the confluence of the AuSable River and Lake Huron provides a feeding ground for gulls, terns, and visiting shorebirds. Little Gulls, Icelandics, Greater Blackbacks, Purple Sandpipers, and Black-necked Stilt have been recorded there.
Join us. The birding is free. Do not be surprised if we go out to look at native wildflowers, migrating Monarch butterflies, or just stargaze. Look over the programs and field trips.
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