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September GRAC Membership Meeting

On Monday, September 30, Phil Willemstein will present the first program of the 2019-20 GRAC season: Four Seasons at Maher Sanctuary. Phil, a GRAC birder and photographer, made weekly visits during the past year to our sanctuary. Click here for more information.

US and Canada have lost 2.9 billion birds since 1970

Bird populations in the United States and Canada have dropped by 29% since 1970, signifying 2.9 billion birds lost in almost 50 years, according to a new study. Click here for article.

Wild Ones October Program About Birds

The Wild Ones October program is “Native Plants to Attract Winter Birds” presented by Melanie Manion. Click here for flyer.

Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act

The GRAC Board will be discussing the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act with the possibility of endorsing the act. Our membership should be aware of the act and how it works. A link to information on the act and how it works can be found by clicking here.

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: Fall Migrants at Reeds Lake, Saturday September 21. Don't forget the recurring Millennium Park field trips every Thursday.

eBird Reports available for June, July and August 2019

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

A Swift Night Out

Becky Kuhn is planning to count Chimney Swifts at their roosts on Thursday, September 19 and Sunday, September 29. If interested 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. angered-species-act-changes.html?" target="_blank">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 September 2019 Caller is now available from the newsletter link above.

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Plan ahead. Click here for a list of our 2019-2020 program schedule.

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The scheduled Maher workday this Saturday, September 21 has been cancelled due to predicted 85 degree weather and a chance of rain in the morning. The workday has been rescheduled on October 19 with a rain date on the October 26. See information on the Maher webpage.

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

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You can find an interesting article on the Sleep habits of migratory birds by clicking here.

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Don't discard that cheeseburger. The crows may thank you! See here.

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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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