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November Membership Meeting

The majority of migratory birds migrate at night. During these flights, many species utter a nearly-continuous series of flight calls. Ornithologists use microphones to document this phenomenon, tracking bird populations and species composition of night migrants. This month's speaker, Caleb Putnam, will explain how he has been recording nocturnal flight at his home and analyzing the recordings using software. Click on the MEMBERSHIP MEETING link above for more information.

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. Do you have an opinion? For information on this, and other topics, see the Conservation and Environment Issues page.

GRAC Field Trip Schedule Now Includes Trips into 2018

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: Daytime Photography Outing in Grand Rapids Area, Saturday, December 9, 2017; Kent County Christmas Count, Saturday, December 30, 2017

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.

GRAC Needs Your Help

Once again we are in need of a Junior Audubon leader. We are also in need of an Audubon Adventures chairperson.  If you are interested in one of these positions, or know someone who is, please contact GRAC President John Chronowski at president@graud.org

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 August 2017, September 2017 and October 2017 are available. An eBird summary will be available each month on the website. Earlier reports are available on request from bird.reports@graud.org.

GRAC and Bird News

The November / December 2017 Caller is now available from the newsletter link above.

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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