Welcome to the Grand Rapids Audubon Club website

GRAC is on Summer Break

GRAC membership meetings will return in September. However, there is still a number of field trips that will be available until the fall activities resume. If you missed any of this past year's meetings, streaming video replays are available on the video page.

Field Trips and Weekly Millennium Park Walks

Upcoming Field Trips: Muskegon Wastewater Fall Shorebirds, August 27, 9:00 AM; Fall Migrants at Reeds Lake, September 10, 8:00 AM.
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. The walks begin at 8:00 AM every Thursday.
Details for both on the field trip page.

In Memory of Steve Mueller

After a long illness GRAC member Steve Mueller passed June 16, 2022. As a former GRAC President and coordinator of the annual Kent County Christmas Bird Count, his impact on our organization was immense. A memorial service was held on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. You can view Steve’s obituary by clicking here.

GRAC Merchandise Available Online

Did you know that you can purchase GRAC-logo apparel and merchandise online from the Grand Rapids Audubon Webstore on the CafePress website? What a great and easy way to start a conversation, advertise and support our club and possibly pick up new members! How about a t-shirt or sweatshirt for those field trips, GRAC meetings or just lounging around. A mug for that coffee break or a gift for your neighbor. Or a great tote bag for your birding paraphernalia along with a baseball cap. There’s even kids’ and baby apparel! All of these items and much more with the GRAC logo are available at the GRAC Webstore. Access the Webstore from the “Activities” drop down menu on the GRAC website home page, scroll down and click on “GRAC Webstore (external)” at the bottom of the drop down menu. Browse through the offerings and purchase what catches your fancy!

eBird Reports are available for April, May and June

You may be interested in reports of sightings the area the last three months. eBird summaries for April 2022, May 2022 and June 2022 are now available.

Due to the retirement of the long-time Bird Reports chair, eBird summaries will no longer be available after June 2022. Only mega-rarities from the four-county area will be posted to the Bird Sightings page.

Volunteers Needed

Tom Leggett is seeking participants to help inventory, count and observe the natural areas at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2250 East Paris, Kentwood. Sessions are planned for the second Saturday of each month from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM. This is part of efforts to maintain natural areas and develop education and outreach programs. Contact me at (616) 249-3822 (home), (616) 634-3102 (cell) or tomleggett@hotmail.com. Dress for wooded streams and areas with briars. Gear such as cameras, scopes and tape recorders may be useful, but is not required.
2022 dates: July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10
2023 dates: Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11 and April 8

Video Programs Discuss Bird Identification

Learning to identify birds and recognize their usual behaviors is becoming easier. Now you can watch the American Birding Association's "What's This Bird" bi-weekly live shows at 1:00 PM ET on Fridays. The live shows, including all previous shows, are available on all the ABA's social media channels including the ABA YouTube channel.

National Audubon also offered "I Saw A Bird" monthly programs in 2020 and 2021. Archived programs of all 21 previous episodes are available by clicking here.

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.

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 June 2022 Caller is now available from the newsletter link above.

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Climate Change or Habitat Loss?

A new study, based on data taken from ninety years of Christmas Bird Counts, weighs which affects birds more. Click here for the article.

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Bird Protections Restored

After bringing back critical protections in the century-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act, policymakers are considering changes that will build on the law for the future. Click here for the complete story.

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Pecking Order

Ever notice that some birds at your feeders seem aggressive and others rather timid? It's true--there is bird-feeder drama. Click here for an interesting article, including an interactive graphic, discussing bird behavior at your feeder.

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Great "Birding" reads:

How Does That Song Go? This Bird Couldn’t Say.

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