Welcome to the Grand Rapids Audubon Club website

2018 Kent County Christmas Bird Count

Begin planning now for a great day of birding. The 2018 Kent County Christmas Bird Count will be on Saturday, December 29, 2018. Anyone interested in birds, conservation or the natural world is invited. Participation is free. Click on the logo left for complete 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: Don't forget the recurring Millennium Park field trips every Thursday.

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.

Kent County Parks and Trails has developed a DRAFT 2019-2023 Master Plan that is now available for review. It's a BIG document. Please take a little time to browse it and see what opportunities could lie ahead for your favorite parks and trails. The draft plan is available for public review and comment through November 26, 2018. After the comment period closes, the document will be updated accordingly and submitted to the County Board of Commissioners for review. Click on the Parks logo left for a link to the plan.

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.

eBird Reports

Interesting eBird sightings for September 2018, October 2018 and November 2018 are available. Earlier reports are available on request from bird.reports@graud.org.

Area eBird Sightings

Don't forget the bird sightings page is updated on a daily basis. New reports are added from area sightings in Allegan, Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa Counties.

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 November / December 2018 Caller is now available from the newsletter link above.

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Take Action to Stop SB 1211, The Wetlands Destruction Act. The Michigan Senate approved a plan to deregulate a large number of smaller Michigan wetlands, streams and inland lakes, championing personal property rights despite environmental concerns. Learn what you can do to prevent this bill from becoming law by clicking here.

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Interesting Bird Articles:

One female with over 50 ducklings? How's that possibe?

Hummingbirds Do Make Sounds!

Burrowing Owls on Marco Island

Why Do Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers Look So Alike?

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Nearby Areas of Interest:

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