A birding adventure from AuSable Valley Audubon: the 15th Spring Birding event at Tawas Point in Iosco County, Michigan. May 14 – 16
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, a chapter of Michigan 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.
The Tawas Point Migration 2020 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 tripsinclude trails at Tawas Point State Park and car-pool/bus destinations in Iosco County. Participants can expect to see Whip-poor-wills, Redheaded Woodpeckers, Trumpeter Swans, migrating warblers and our Scarlet Tanagers. Some field trips focus on the unique Kirtland’s Warbler habitat.
- The educational programincludes hands-on nature activities for kids as well as two new hour-long live birds of prey shows. Other sessions include Monarch Butterfly raising, Trumpeter Swans, and Eagle Research.
- Food Service offers a Welcome Birders Dinner on Thursday May 14, dining options among Migration sponsors and a buffet dinner on Saturday evening
Note: Rising water levels in Lake Huron have affected Tawas Point State Park. Bring boots if you plan to walk along the shore or the Two-Track Trail to the tip of the Point.
These web pages are designed to walk you through the details and locations of the Tawas Point Migration 2020 event and registration. The May 15 Friday evening program is free and open to the public. The registration fee is $25 per adult for all activities May 14 -16. Additional fees are listed for field trips/transportation. Adults attending only the educational program on May 16 may register at the door for $5.00. Birders under age 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: