Welcome to the Grand Rapids Audubon Club website

March 2019 Membership Meeting

The North Country Trail is a 4,600-mile footpath that winds its way from North Dakota to New York, with miles weaving through Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas. Jim Bradley, vice president of the North Country Trail Association’s West Michigan chapter will share photos, maps and videos to introduce guests to the trail, including those parts closest to Grand Rapids. Click on the North Country Trail logo for meeting details.

GRAC Field Trip Schedule Update

The current field trip schedule includes dates and descriptions of all scheduled trips--plan ahead!  Always check the field trip page as trips are continuously being added.

Bill Sweetman is again offering several tour opportunities. See the Special Events page for details

Upcoming trips: Cleanout Bluebird nest boxes at the Muskegon Wastewater on March 23 starting at 9:00 AM. Spring Marsh Birds and Hawks, April 20. Don't forget the recurring Millennium Park field trips every Thursday.

Michigan Audubon 2019 Seminar Series

Michigan Audubon is excited that the 2019 Seminar Series is beginning to take shape and this year’s lineup has a little something for everyone. Seminars are free and open to the public. Sessions take place on the second Monday of each month. Click here for details.

2019 Mackinaw Raptor Fest

The three day Mackinaw Raptor Fest, Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7, will appeal to anyone who loves to watch and learn about bird migration. Located in Mackinaw City, the three-day event provides great views of migrating raptors, interesting sessions and educational workshops. Click here for details.

23rd Annual Wege Speaker Series

Join conservation-mined people on Thursday, April 11, 2019, for a conversation with Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali. As a special guest lecturer, Dr. Ali will discuss the disproportionate impacts on certain communities regarding access to clean water and healthy food and the effect of severe weather. The event will be held at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, 1703 Robinson Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. The public is invited to this April 11 presentation. The event is free. A reception will follow. Please RSVP by April 4 to www.aquinas.edu/wegespeaker.

Help Lead the Grand Rapids Audubon Club

There are still opportunities to help lead GRAC forward. We still need volunteers for a few positions that are important to the club. Click here for details.

GRAC makes a real difference right here in West Michigan through environmental and nature education and advocacy. This is your chance to help. If you want to volunteer or have questions, contact Scott Hutchings at nominations@graud.org.

Worldwide Bird Cams

Clicking on the thumbnail left leads to a site featuring live streaming bird cams, updated videos, and/or updated photographs of nesting wild birds. You can follow the efforts of the parents and the progress of the young birds by periodically visiting these nest cam sites. Click Here for a nesting Great Horned Owl in Michigan's Upper Peninsula courtesy of the Copper Country Audubon Club.

eBird Reports

Interesting eBird sightings for December 2018, January 2019 and February 2019 are available. Until further notice, there will no longer be compiled monthly eBird reports for the website or Caller.

GRAC Media Pages Include Photographs and Videos

Between the bird photo, nature photo and Macaulay Library page we have well over 400 photographs available on the website. Don't forget to check the video page.

GRAC and Bird News

The March 2019 Caller is now available from the newsletter link above.

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Maher Sanctuary Workday, Saturday, April 6. Details can be found on the Maher Sanctuary page.

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The 2019 Spring Bluebird Festival is coming to Grand Rapids on March 30. Click on the Michigan Bluebird Society logo above for complete details.

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Plan to attend the 2019 Thornapple Woodpecker Festival on April 27. Click on the logo above for a more information.

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Updated Bird Articles:

Invasive Reptiles are taking over Florida/ Devouring its Birds Along the Way

Pulling North American Loons Back from the Brink

Meet the Brainiacs: Common Raven

How the Red Tide Has Wreaked Havoc on Florida’s Birds

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The Mystery of Washington's Eagle

John James Audubon's discovery of a bird that might not exist.

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Nearby Areas of Interest:

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