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January 2021 Membership Meeting

This will be a ZOOM meeting presentation. Our speaker will be Rob Peters presenting Eating Right for You and the Planet: Health and Environmental Impacts of our Diet Choices. Click here for additional details.

November 2020 Zoom Membership Meeting Replay

The November 30, 2020 GRAC membership program with Justin Hesling, Stewardship Director, Land Conservancy of West Michigan was hosted on line through Zoom. A replay of the meeting is available on YouTube by clicking here. Alternately, it can be viewed here on our website by clicking here. The program can also be found on our video page.

Next Membership Meeting?

Due to uncertainty with the COVID-19 coronavirus, we don’t know when we will be able to resume normal meetings or field trips. We are in limbo. But when the time is right, when it’s safe—we will have regular meetings and we will have field trips. Life will get back to normal. Please continue checking back for any developments.

Weekly Millennium Park Walks Resume

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. Details on field trip page.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, until further notice, masks will be required. Limited to a group of six. If more than six show up, groups will be split and have staggered starting times or walk in different directions.

GRAC Field Trip Update

Due to uncertainty with the COVID-19 coronavirus normal field trips are in limbo. When the time is right, and when it’s safe, we will resume field trips. Please continue checking back for any developments.

Winter Birds of the Midwest

During this virtual zoom event, experts from TNC and the MI Birds team will teach you all about the winter birds of the Midwest. Click here for details.

Muskegon Wastewater Awarded 2020 Species Projects Award

The Wildlife Habitat Council awarded Muskegon County Wastewater the 2020 Avian Project Award in recognition of the installation and maintenance of their bluebird boxes. Muskegon Wastewater was chosen from among a group of three finalists and was announced at the WHC’s annual conference. GRAC members have been actively involved on the bluebird project at wastewater for a number of years. Click here to view a short video on the presentation.

eBird Reports are available for October, November and December

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 October 2020, November 2020 and December 2020 are now available.

I Saw A Bird: Audubon’s Migration 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. You can tune in to live webinars at 7:00 pm ET the last Wednesday of each month and/or you can view previous monthly programs by clicking here.

Take Part in National Audubon’s Climate Watch Survey

You’re invited to get involved with GRAC in helping Audubon to conduct meaningful research in our community via the Climate Watch program. Climate Watch is a community science program that explores how North American birds are responding to climate change. Click here for additional information.

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 president@graud.org.

Rules for Access to Caledonia Sewage Ponds

After lengthy meetings with Caledonia village officials and the management of the Caledonia Sewage Ponds, Caleb Putnam informs us we now have partial access to the ponds, but by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Click here to read the new guidelines.

Fund Raising Opportunity

Do you buy from Amazon? If so, signup for AmazonSmile, a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Click here for details on how to signup.

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.

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 January 2021 Caller is now available from the newsletter link above.

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Ignoring legal challenges, public opposition, and science, the Trump Administration is rushing to finalize a rule to weaken the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Click here for alert from the National Audubon Society.

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Great Backyard Bird Count

Each year people from around the world come together to watch, learn about, count, and celebrate birds. Join us, February 12-15, 2021. Click here for details.

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Bird Photography

For those interested, the Grand Rapids Camera Club hosted internationally known bird photographer, Glenn Bartley, at their December 2020 meeting. A video of the ZOOM meeting can be viewed on YouTube by clicking here.

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Acorn woodpeckers wage days-long battles

Click on Woody for the story!

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Great "Birding" reads:

Winter Finch Forecast

World’s oldest loon couple returns to Michigan’s Seney Wildlife Refuge

A River of Warblers: The Greatest Birding Day of My Life by James Gorman

Bird ID Skills: Size & Shape from All About Birds; The Cornell Labs

A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration by Ken Kaufman

Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder by Ken Kaufman

Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest by Matt Williams

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Nearby Areas of Interest:

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