Welcome to the Grand Rapids Audubon Club website
September Membership Meeting Replay
A replay of the September 2021 Zoom membership meeting is available on YouTube by clicking here. Alternately, it can be viewed here on the GRAC website by clicking on the thumbnail left. Replays of all GRAC membership meetings from November 2020 to the current meeting are available on the video page.
Upcoming 2021-2022 Membership Meeting Requirements
We are planning to hold our membership meetings at Aquinas College beginning in
October with the following protocols.
(1) Regardless of vaccination status attendees will be required to properly wear a mask covering the nose and mouth while indoors.
(2) Social distancing is required for all members outside a personal household. This applies regardless of vaccination status.
(3) Attendees will be asked to provide name and contact information in the event contact tracing is required.
Zoom Meeting Replays
Replays of our 2020-2021 Zoom meetings can be found on our video 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.
Weekly Millennium Park Walks Continue
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. The walks begin at 8:00 AM every Thursday. Details on field trip page.
COVID-19 protocols are being lifted June 22. The continued use of masks is at the discretion of the trip leader.
Roseate Spoonbill: New State Record
Click on the photo left for a Detroit Free Press article about a Roseate Spoonbill. The bird was located by Jessica Butler and her fiancée at the Koch Warner Drain across the street from the Department of Natural Resources Saline Fisheries Research Station. For the record she and her fiancée found the spoonbill July 16, 2021. The bird was still in the area as of July 22. Click here for Jessica's original eBird report.
And Now a Wood Stork. Why?
This summer there have been numerous sightings of both Roseate Spoonbills and Wood Storks wandering far north of their normal habitats. Both of those species have recently been reported in Michigan. Click here for an article explaining this behavior.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
eBird Reports are available for July, August and September
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 July 2021, August 2021 and September 2021 are now available.
I Saw A Bird: Audubon's Monthly Video 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. The series of programs for 2020 and 2021 are complete. However, you can view all 21 previous episodes 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
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GRAC Media Pages Include Photographs and Videos