Welcome to the Grand Rapids Audubon Club website

GRAC is on Summer Break

Grand Rapids Audubon Club will return to our monthly membership meetings in September. Until then keep checking back for updates on our field trip schedules. You can check area bird sightings on our bird sightings webpage.

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.

Upcoming trips: Don't forget the recurring Millennium Park field trips every Thursday.

eBird Reports available for June and July 2019

Interesting eBird sightings for June 2019 and July 2019 are now available.

A Swift Night Out

Becky Kuhn is planning two nights in September to count Chimney Swifts at their roosts. Click here for details.

Endangered Species Act Faces New Threat

The Trump administration finalized changes to provisions of the U.S. Endangered Species Act it says will streamline the decades-old wildlife protection law but which conservation groups say will threaten at-risk species. See details here.

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.

Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens Birding Festival

Birders of all abilities are invited to Midland, Michigan for the inaugural Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens Birding Festival, September 19 to 21, 2019. Attendees will learn from more than 20 distinguished conservationists, researchers, photographers, naturalists, and environmental educators. For complete details click here.

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.

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 August 2019 Caller is now available from the newsletter link above.

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Sandhill Crane hunting is again under consideration in Michigan. Click here for information.

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See the workday notes added to the Maher webpage.

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June 10 Update: Permission to enter the Caledonia Sewage Ponds has been revoked. Click here for details.

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A Rare Bald Eagle Trio—Two Dads and a Mom. In a tall tree situated on the Mississippi River in Fulton, Illinois, three eagles, a female and two males, are looking after three downy eaglets. Click here for the story.

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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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Nearby Areas of Interest:

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