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November GRAC Meeting - Online via Zoom!

Our November speaker is Justin Heslinga, Stewardship Director for the Land Conservancy of West Michigan. Justin’s talk is titled “Restoring Urban Nature: Lessons from The Highlands.” Please note that this meeting will be offered online via Zoom. Details can be found on the Membership Meeting page of by clicking here.

2020 Kent County Christmas Bird Count

It's time to begin planning for the 2020 Kent County Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, January 2, 2021 beginning at 7:30 AM. Due to the continuing, and worsening, COVID-19 outbreak, this year’s count will NOT involve ANY in-person meeting or counting. For complete details click on the graphic left.

Remembering Dr Mary Jane Dockeray

Our club, along with the community, mourns the loss of long-time GRAC Honorary Member Dr Mary Jane Dockeray. She passed away peacefully at age 93. The founder of Blandford Nature Center was an environmental icon and a treasure to the community and to every organization of which she was a part. Click here for the tribute to Mary Jane on Blandford's website or click here for an obituary. A full article will be published in the September Caller.

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.

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.

Muskegon Wastewater Awarded 2020 Species Projects Award

The Wildlife Habitat Council awarded Muskegon County Wastewater the 2020 Avian Project Award in recognition of the installation and maintenance of their bluebird boxes. Muskegon Wastewater was chosen from among a group of three finalists and was announced at the WHC’s annual conference. GRAC members have been actively involved on the bluebird project at wastewater for a number of years. Click here to view a short video on the presentation.

eBird Reports are available for August, September and October

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 August 2020, September 2020 and October 2020 are now available.

I Saw A Bird: Audubon’s Migration 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.

Take Part in National Audubon’s Climate Watch Survey

You’re invited to get involved with GRAC in helping Audubon to conduct meaningful research in our community via the Climate Watch program. Climate Watch is a community science program that explores how North American birds are responding to climate change. Click here for additional information.

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.

Rules for Access to Caledonia Sewage Ponds

After lengthy meetings with Caledonia village officials and the management of the Caledonia Sewage Ponds, Caleb Putnam informs us we now have partial access to the ponds, but by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Click here to read the new guidelines.

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.

US and Canada have lost 2.9 billion birds since 1970

Bird populations in the United States and Canada have dropped by 29% since 1970, signifying 2.9 billion birds lost in almost 50 years, according to a new study. Click here for article.

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 November 2020 Caller is now available from the newsletter link above.

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Victory! Federal Judge Overturns Bird-Killing Policy!

Ruling makes it clear that the administration must halt its attempt to roll back the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Click here for article.

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Acorn woodpeckers wage days-long battles

Click on Woody for the story!

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The data behind mysterious bird deaths in New Mexico

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Lecture: Fall Migration with Scott Weidensaul & Jill Deppe. Click on Thumbnail above.

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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