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February 2018 Membership Meeting

With 322 species of birds recorded, Muskegon County ranks near the top of Michigan’s 83 counties for avian diversity. Over the decades, several monitoring programs have painted an ever-sharper picture of the local ornithology. Our February speaker, Brian Johnson, will discus topics including bird banding at the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve, winter bird banding, shorebird surveys and grassland bird research at the Muskegon County Wastewater System. Click here additional details.

GRAC Needs Your Help

The following positions need to be filled to keep Grand Rapids Audubon running: President, Vice-President, Secretary, two Board Members at Large, Assistant Treasurer, Finance Chairperson, Fund Development Chairperson, Junior Audubon Leader, Audubon Adventures Representative, Publisher/Membership and Special Event Coordinator. For an explanation of the duties of these positions click here.

The Club, through its educational and conservation programs, makes a real difference right here in West Michigan. This is your opportunity to make a contribution. If you are interested in helping GRAC with any of these positions contact Scott Hutchings at nominations@graud.org.

Bluebird Festival and Thornapple Woodpecker Festival

 Details on the Special Events page.

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.

Is Sandhill Crane Hunting Coming to Michigan?

It could happen! The Michigan Natural Resources Committee voted to pass House Resolution 154, which encourages the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to open a recreational Sandhill Crane hunting season. For information on this, including a January 2018 update, see the Conservation and Environment Issues 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: Bluebird Box Cleaning at Muskegon Wastewater, Saturday, March 24. There are four field trips scheduled in April. Remember the Recurring Millennium Park Field Trips every Thursday in February and March.

2018 Birding Tours with Bill Sweetman

GRAC member Bill Sweetman is once again offering exciting birding tours in 2018. He currently has openings for the following trips. April 5 to 12: Birding the Coast, Valley and Hill Country: from San Antonio; April 18 to 25: Birds of Central and South Florida: from Orlando; July 31 to August 7: Deserts, Mountains, Canyons and Birds: from Phoenix. Click here for details on these trips.

Maher Work Days

Depending on the weather, week days will be impromptu at the whim of participants. See the Maher webpage for more sanctuary news.

Live video streams of birds and other animals

Explore.org offers numerous links to live streaming video sites of birds and animals throughout the United States and the world. At that site you can watch eagles, owls and ospreys raise their young.

eBird Reports

Interesting eBird sightings for November 2017, December 2017 and January 2018 are available. Beginning in January 2018, the monthly website 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 February 2018 Caller is now available from the newsletter link above. This Caller includes the 2017 Christmas Bird Count species tally.

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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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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:

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

Citizen Science Reveals Annual Bird Migrations Across Continents

Safe Flight: 100 Years of Protecting Birds