Welcome to the Grand Rapids Audubon Club website

February 2019 Membership Meeting

At our February 25, 2019 meeting John Considine of Citizens Climate Lobby will present "Coping with Climate Change: People and Birds." Rising sea levels. Record rainfalls and droughts. Disappearance of key climate zones. Crop failures. How are humans—and birds—coping with climate change? How can we respond to this situation as individuals and as a society? Join us as John explores this crucial topic.

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.

Bill Sweetman is again offering several tour opportunities. See the Special Events page for details

Upcoming trips: Spring Marsh Birds and Hawks, April 20. Don't forget the recurring Millennium Park field trips every Thursday.

Where do Birds Go on Cold Winter Nights?

Click the PLAY button to learn the answer.

Michigan Audubon 2019 Seminar Series

Michigan Audubon is excited that the 2019 Seminar Series is beginning to take shape and this year’s lineup has a little something for everyone. Seminars are free and open to the public. Sessions take place on the second Monday of each month. Click here for details.

Butterfly Program

On March 9, 2019 Steve Mueller is presenting the program BUTTERFLY – FLUTTERBYS and PLANTS in Lake Ontario Hall on the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University. Details on the program cam be found by clicking here.

2019 Mackinaw Raptor Fest

The three day Mackinaw Raptor Fest, Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7, will appeal to anyone who loves to watch and learn about bird migration. Located in Mackinaw City, the three-day event provides great views of migrating raptors, interesting sessions and educational workshops. Click here for details.

Help Lead the Grand Rapids Audubon Club

There are still 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 nominations@graud.org.

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. Click Here for a nesting Great Horned Owl in Michigan's Upper Peninsula courtesy of the Copper Country Audubon Club.

eBird Reports

Interesting eBird sightings for November 2018, December 2018 and January 2019 are available. Earlier reports are available on request from bird.reports@graud.org.

Area eBird Sightings

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.

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 2019 Caller is now available from the newsletter link above.

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See Maher: Late Winter article on the Maher Sanctuary page.

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The 2019 Spring Bluebird Festival is coming to Grand Rapids on March 30. Click on the Michigan Bluebird Society logo above for complete details.

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Plan to attend the 2019 Thornapple Woodpecker Festival on April 27. Click on the logo above for a more information.

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Updated Bird Articles:

Invasive Reptiles are taking over Florida/ Devouring its Birds Along the Way

Pulling North American Loons Back from the Brink

Meet the Brainiacs: Common Raven

How the Red Tide Has Wreaked Havoc on Florida’s Birds

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The Mystery of Washington's Eagle

John James Audubon's discovery of a bird that might not exist.

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Nearby Areas of Interest:

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