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April 2018 Membership Meeting

Purple Martins have been experiencing serious declines since the mid-1950s. No longer simply a matter of erecting housing in appropriate locations, Purple Martin landlords must take measures to assist with the success of these vulnerable birds. This month's speaker Penny Briscoe will discuss her 33 years experience hosting a long-standing colony of Purple Martins on Barton Lake just south of Vicksburg. Click here for meeting details.

Thornapple Woodpecker Festival

Saturday, April 28, 2018, Village Hall, 100 E Main St, Middleville MI.

Details on the Special Events page.

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: There are multiple field trips scheduled in the month of May. And don't forget the recurring Millennium Park field trips every Thursday in April and May.

Help Lead the Grand Rapids Audubon Club

There are still opportunities to help lead the club forward. Recent volunteers include Theresa Dykhuis who is taking over Membership, Keith Helmus will be chairperson of the Finance Committee, and Sheryl Helmus has accepted the nomination for President. We still need someone to step up and be Vice President and a few other spot. 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.

Climate Watch Program

GRAC is in the process of becoming an active participant in the Climate Watch Program which is sponsored by the Audubon Society. What is the Climate Watch Program? Find details on the Conservation Issues page. A link to the page is on the ACTVITIES drop down menu above.

Speaker Series of Interest

Michigan Audubon Seminar Series: May 14: Invasive Species in Mid-Michigan with Erin Pavloski; June 11: The Art of Birding “by Ear” with Jim McGrath; July 9: Lobbying on Behalf of Birds with Brian Merlos. Click here for information.
Michigan United Conservation Clubs presents Local Wildlife and Pollinator Workshops. Find details and a workshop in your area by clicking here.

On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Dr. J. Drew Lanham, ornithologist, conservationist, and distinguished professor at Clemson University, shared his personal stories addressing issues relating to the environment, social justice, and bringing nature into the urban experience. Click here for a video recording of Dr. Lanham's speech.

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.

2018 Birding Tours with Bill Sweetman

GRAC member Bill Sweetman is offering the following exciting birding tour: July 31 to August 7: Deserts, Mountains, Canyons and Birds: from Phoenix. Click here for details on these trips.

eBird Reports

Interesting eBird sightings for January 2018, February 2018 and March 2018 are available. Beginning in January 2018, the monthly eBird summary will only include the very unusual and rare sightings. Earlier reports are available on request from bird.reports@graud.org.

GRAC and Bird News

The April 2018 Caller is now available from the newsletter link above.

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The 2018 Birdathon is here! Click on the Birdathon graphic for for details.

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How do hummingbirds cheat death? Click on thumbnail above.

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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.

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Local Event of Interest

Discover! Millennium Park

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Between the bird photo, nature photo and Macaulay Library page we have well over 200 photographs available on the website. Don't forget to check the video page.

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Interesting Bird Articles:

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