Welcome to the Grand Rapids Audubon Club website
GRAC Summer Activities
GRAC is on summer break. The 2018-19 membership meetings will resume in September. Click here for a list of next season's programs. In the meantime, we have a few field trips scheduled for the upcoming months including our Thursday Millennium Park trips throughout the summer. Continue checking the website for the latest bird sightings from the four counties of Kent, Allegan, Ottawa and Muskegon.
GRAC Field Trip Schedule Update
Upcoming trips: On Thursday, August 2, 7:00-8:30 PM Becky Kuhn will lead an urban bird walk in downtown Grand Rapids. Click here for details. Don't forget the recurring Millennium Park field trips every Thursday throughout summer.
Update on Sandhill Crane Hunting in Michigan
GOOD NEWS! The DNR and the NRC have no current plans to add Sandhill Cranes to the game species list. Read the full report on the Conservation Issues page.
Poison Used in Death of Bald Eagles Identified
Thirteen Bald Eagles found dead on a Maryland farm in February 2016 were initially believed to have died of natural causes. Recent necropsy reports on the animals by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proved the eagles died from poisoning by carbofuran, a banned toxic pesticide. Click here for a report on this story.
New Bird Photographs Added
The Macaulay Library page now includes over 40 photographs for 2018. The GRAC photo page recently added two amazing photographs of a leucistic Rose-breasted Grosbeak. The photographs were taken by Robin Smith at her residence in Gaines Twp, MI. Click here or here to see these photos.
Help Lead the Grand Rapids Audubon Club
There are still opportunities to help lead the club forward. We still need volunteers for a few other positions. 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.
Speaker Series of Interest
Michigan Audubon Seminar Series: August 13: Safe Passage and Window Collisions
with Heidi Trudell.
Click here for information.
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.
Interesting eBird sightings for April 2018, May 2018 and June 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 email@example.com.