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April Membership Meeting

Dr. Matthew Douglas will present on Monarch Migration in the Americas. Monarch migration began as an expansion of a Mexican-Caribbean population two million years ago. Dr. Douglas will examine how monarchs evolved to migrate as well as the mechanisms they use to guide themselves to their overwintering roosts. Details on joining the meeting can be found on the Membership Meeting page.

March 2021 Zoom Membership Meeting Replay

On March 29, Brian Allen presented an entertaining account of his 2017 trip through the Malaysian province of Sabah on the island of Borneo. The trip included a visit to the coastal rice paddies in search of shorebirds, a stay at Sepilok Rainforest Discovery Centre with its amazing canopy walkways and a stopover to the high elevation of Mt. Kinabalu, the highest Asian mountain outside of the Himalayas. A replay of the Zoom meeting is available on YouTube by clicking here. Alternately, it can be viewed here on our website by clicking here. This program, along with all 2021 ZOOM meetings, can be found on our video page.

GRAC Field Trip Update

Field trips are back! However, COVID-19 protocols are still in effect. See a complete explanation on the field trip page.

Birding Southeast Kent County with Tom Leggett

Join Tom on the second Friday of each month at 9:00 AM as he explores some of his favorite spots. Click here for details.

The 2021 Birdathon is here! The birdathon is a competitive birdwatching event and fundraiser. It is intended to be fun for everyone and friendly to beginners. Funds raised are used to provide environmental education for children, young people and adults in West Michigan. Want to learn more? Click on the Birdathon logo left.

Weekly Millennium Park Walks Resume

Hike Millennium Park to see what’s hanging around. Many birds have been reported from this varied habitat near the river. There are ponds, swampy ponds, lowland forest and various secondary growth. Details on field trip page.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, until further notice, masks will be required. Limited to a group of six. If more than six show up, groups will be split and have staggered starting times or walk in different directions.

Help Lead the Grand Rapids Audubon Club

There are new 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 president@graud.org.

Join Climate Watch Summer 2021

You’re invited to get involved with GRAC in helping Audubon conduct meaningful research in our community via the Climate Watch program, a new community science program that explores how North American birds are responding to climate change. Click here for more information.

eBird Reports are available for January, February and March

While we may be staying at home, birds are not. You may be interested in reports of sightings the area the last three months. eBird summaries for January 2021, February 2021 and March 2021 are now available.

I Saw A Bird: Audubon's Monthly Live Show

Each month, Audubon’s social media producer Christine Lin and chief network officer David Ringer welcome celebrities and guests to offer a fresh look at the world of birds and birdwatching. You can tune in to live webinars at 7:00 pm ET the last Wednesday of each month and/or you can view previous monthly programs by clicking here.

MI Bird Friendly Webinar Series

Michigan Audubon is sponsoring a free webinar series that will feature different topics related to the MI Bird-Friendly Communities program. This series is a suite of urban bird conservation projects focused on reconnecting communities with birds and the environment. Join Michigan Audubon on the second Tuesday of each month at noon for a 45-minute presentation with plenty of time for questions. Registration for the Zoom webinar will open two weeks prior to the event. The webinars will be broadcast live through the Michigan Audubon Facebook page, and a recording will be made available following each webinar. Click here to register on the Michigan Audubon calendar.

Fund Raising Opportunity

Do you buy from Amazon? If so, signup for AmazonSmile, a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Click here for details on how to signup.

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 April 2021 Caller is now available from the newsletter link above.

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Maher Sanctuary Note

Wood frogs and spring peepers are really going at the south west corner of the Sanctuary.

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Sandhill Crane Hunting Update

On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, the Michigan Senate Natural Resources Committee heard Senate Resolution 20, which encourages the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to authorize sport hunting of the Sandhill Crane. Click here for an update on the meeting.

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Rollback of Migratory Bird Protections Delayed

The decision to delay implementation of this rule change offers an opportunity to reinstate and strengthen the 100-year-old law. Click here for details.

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Bird Photography

For those interested, the Grand Rapids Camera Club hosted internationally known bird photographer, Glenn Bartley, at their December 2020 meeting. A video of the ZOOM meeting can be viewed on YouTube by clicking here.

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Very Rare Cardinal

A half-male, half-female cardinal discovered in Pennsylvania. Click here for the story.

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Great "Birding" reads:

How Does That Song Go? This Bird Couldn’t Say.

A River of Warblers: The Greatest Birding Day of My Life by James Gorman

Bird ID Skills: Size & Shape from All About Birds; The Cornell Labs

A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration by Ken Kaufman

Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder by Ken Kaufman

Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest by Matt Williams

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Nearby Areas of Interest:

Land Conservancy's Natural Areas offer 30+ spots for outside adventure