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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

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: Shorebirds at Muskegon Wastewater Area on Saturday, August 25, 2018. 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.

Costa Rica Birding Tour

Join Bill Sweetman for a birding adventure in beautiful (birdy) Costa Rica, March 4 - 14, 2019. For information on the trip contact Bill at 616-460-0112 or bsweettours@gmail.com.

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 nominations@graud.org.

Upcoming Programs and Events of Interest

Waterfowl Workshop: August 25 at the the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings. Registration required. Click here for an informational flyer.

Climate + Art Fest! August 26, 2018, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Lions and Rabbits, 1264 Plainfield Ave, NE. Click here for an informational flyer.

Michigan Audubon Seminar Series: Native Plants and Back Yard Bird Habitat, September 10, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Click here for additional information.

Winter Birding in New Mexico: December 7-14, 2018. Seven Ponds Nature Center in Dryden, MI is excited to announce what promises to be another fantastic field tour opportunity for Michigan birders. Click here for a brochure with complete information.

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.

eBird Reports

Interesting eBird sightings for May 2018, June 2018 and July 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 bird.reports@graud.org.

GRAC and Bird News

The July-August 2018 Caller is now available from the newsletter link above.

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The Birdathon is now complete! News of the 2018 Birdathon can be viewed by clicking here.

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A new article of recent findings at Maher Sanctuary is now available on the Maher page.

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Lead Fishing Tackle Is Still a Problem for Common Loons. Click on the photo above for a link to the article.

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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:

One female with over 50 ducklings? How's that possibe?

Hummingbirds Do Make Sounds!

Burrowing Owls on Marco Island

Why Do Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers Look So Alike?

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Nearby Areas of Interest:

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