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Urgent! Sandhill Crane Hunting Being Considered

On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at 8:30 AM., the Michigan Senate Natural Resources Committee will hear Senate Resolution 20, which encourages the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to authorize sport hunting of the Sandhill Crane. Click here for information.

January 2021 Zoom Membership Meeting Replay

The January 2021 GRAC membership program with Dr. Rob Peters, Eating Right For Yourself and the Planet 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.

Annual Bluebird Box Cleaning

This year's annual bluebird box cleaning at the Muskegon Wastewater will be on Saturday, March 27. Contact Steve Minard for details 616-822-3208. See article in February Caller.

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 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.

In Memory of Joan Wolfe

GRAC lost Life Member, WMEAC founder and environmental activist icon Joan L Wolfe on January 23, 2021 at age 91. Please read Mary Austin’s tribute which will be published in the February 2021 issue of the Caller. Click here to read Joan’s obituary

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.

eBird Reports are available for December, January and February

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 December 2020, January 2021 and February 2021 are now available.

I Saw A Bird: Audubon's Monthly Live 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.

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.

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.

Fund Raising Opportunity

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

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Rollback of Migratory Bird Protections Delayed

The decision to delay implementation of this rule change offers an opportunity to reinstate and strengthen the 100-year-old law. 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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Very Rare Cardinal

A half-male, half-female cardinal discovered in Pennsylvania. Click here 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