Field Trips and Walks with Guides

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Photo of birders watching

Tawas Point State Park Walks and Helping Birder Stations

Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16

8:00 to Noon – Helping Birder Stations– Local birders show and share information on birds being seen right now. (no registration required) 

  • Feeder Seating Area
  • Start of the Two Track Trail near the Lighthouse
  • The Bench by the Bay on the sidewalk to the campground on the end near the gift shop

Guided Walks

Registration Required. See Registration Page for Details: here


Guided walks at Tawas Point State Park will gather at a spot yet to be selected. (That information will be shared at registration.)  Arrival a few minutes before official start time would be appreciated. Guides will lead walks simultaneously with a maximum of 15 per group. Refer to maps page

7:00 to 9:00 AM

  • Bay Side at the Point (2 groups of 15)

8:00 to 9:30 AM

  • Beginning Birders at the Point, Maximum 8 people.

– Guided by Daryl Bernard, Seven Ponds Nature Center, Dryden, MI

9:30 to 11:30 AM

  • Bay Side at the Point (2 groups of 15)


Car-Pool and Bus Field Trips to Birding Hot-Spots in Iosco County

  • All car-pools and bus trips begin and end at Knights of Columbus Hall (now Rushman Hall) 821 Newman St., East Tawas.
  • Some trips can be boarded at AuSable Township Hall parking lot 4440 N. US Hwy 23 in Oscoda
  • Field Trips will be limited to 15 participants to assure best communication with guides.
  • See Logistics and Maps page at (link) for locations
  • Register for trips on the Registration page.
  • Bus trips are indicated by “bus” in the schedule below. (Bus waits for 5 minutes after scheduled departures for late arrivals.)
  • Please come to the K of C parking lot at least 15 minutes before departure to coordinate carpooling – 821 Newman St., East Tawas

Thursday – May 14

6:00 to 10:00 PM – Tuttle Marsh in the Evening – bus (Oscoda stop 6:25-6:30 PM)

8:00 to 10:30 PM – Whip-poor-wills at Night – Van/carpool (Oscoda stop 8:25-8:30 PM)


Friday and Saturday – May 15 and 16


7:00 to 11:30 AM – Kirtland’s Warbler  area, – bus Oscoda stop 7:25-7:30 am

7:00 to 11:30 AM – (Saturday only) Tuttle Marsh in the Morning, – carpool Oscoda stop 7:25-7:30am

7:00 to 11:30 AM – Field Trip to Lumberman’s Monument – bus, Oscoda stop 7:25-7:30 am

7:00-11:30 AM – Field Trip to Iargo Springs (Note, there are 300 steps down to the Springs and back up.  Plan for some exercise.) – bus Oscoda stop 7:25-7:30 am

7:00 to 11:30 AM – Loon Lake Nature Park Trail, Hale – Car Pool does not go to Oscoda

7:00 to 11:30 AM  – Eagle Run – Carpool Oscoda stop 7:25-7:30 am

7:00 to 11:30 AM  – Grasslands and Clark’s Marsh, Carpool Oscoda stop 7:25-7:30 am

8:30-10:30 AM  – Redheaded Woodpeckers – Carpool does not go to Oscoda.

8:30-11:30 AM (Saturday Only) Flowers along the AuSable River, – Carpool Oscoda stop 8:55-9:00 am

10:00-11:30 AM (Friday Only) Tawas Beach Road Walk – Carpool does not go to Oscoda.  (Still looking for guides.)

6:00 to 10:00 PM – Tuttle Marsh in the evening – bus Oscoda stop 6:25-6:30 pm

8:00 to 10:30 PM – Whip-poor-wills at Night –Van/carpool Oscoda stop 8:25-8:30 pm

All field trips involve walking. The carpools have walking upon arrival at site. Tawas Point State Park does have extensive sidewalks and asphalt parking lots that are handicap accessible, but no tours are designed for persons with limited mobility. The State Park has a vehicle entrance fee.

See,4570,7-153-0365_55798_73477_73478—,00.html for more information.

After the Migration – Free Kirtland’s Warbler Carpool Tours 7:00 AM to 11:00 or Noon? on May 17, 18 and 30, June 6, 13, 20 and 27.


Kirtland’s Warbler

by Moira Maus

Call Camp Inn Lodge for reservations 989-739-2021.

Professional Guides: Sam Burckhardt or Matt Hegwood (Guides TBD)

Brought to you by AuSable Valley Audubon (AVA), AVA member donations, Northeast Michigan Council of Governments and Giving Tuesday donors.