Welcome to the Grand Rapids Audubon Club website

2021 Kent County Christmas Bird Count

It's time to begin planning for the 2021 Kent County Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, January 1, 2022 beginning at 7:30 AM.  Due to the continuing COVID-19 concerns, this year’s count will NOT involve ANY in-person meeting or counting. For complete details click on the graphic left.

November Membership Meeting Replay

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A replay of the November 2021 Zoom membership meeting is available on YouTube by clicking here. Alternately, it can be viewed here on the GRAC website by clicking on the thumbnail left. Replays of all GRAC membership meetings from November 2020 to the current meeting are available on the video page.

Upcoming 2021-2022 Membership Meeting Requirements

We are planning to hold our membership meetings at Aquinas College beginning in October with the following protocols.
  (1) Regardless of vaccination status attendees will be required to properly wear a mask covering the nose and mouth while indoors.
  (2) Social distancing is required for all members outside a personal household. This applies regardless of vaccination status.
  (3) Attendees will be asked to provide name and contact information in the event contact tracing is required.

Zoom Meeting Replays

Replays of our 2020-2021 Zoom meetings can be found on our video page.

Birding Southeast Kent County with Tom Leggett

Join Tom on the second Friday of each month at 9:00 AM as he explores some of his favorite spots. Click here for details.

Weekly Millennium Park Walks Continue

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 on field trip page.
COVID-19 protocols are being lifted June 22. The continued use of masks is at the discretion of the trip leader.

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.

eBird Reports are available for September, October and November

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 September 2021, October 2021 and November 2021 are now available.

I Saw A Bird: Audubon's Monthly Video 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. The series of programs for 2020 and 2021 are complete. However, you can view all 21 previous episodes by clicking here.

MI Bird Friendly Webinar Series

Michigan Audubon is sponsoring a free webinar series that will feature different topics related to the MI Bird-Friendly Communities program. This series is a suite of urban bird conservation projects focused on reconnecting communities with birds and the environment. Join Michigan Audubon on the second Tuesday of each month at noon for a 45-minute presentation with plenty of time for questions. Registration for the Zoom webinar will open two weeks prior to the event. The webinars will be broadcast live through the Michigan Audubon Facebook page, and a recording will be made available following each webinar. Click here to register on the Michigan Audubon calendar.

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 November 2021 Caller is now available from the newsletter link above.

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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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Sandhill Crane Hunting

At the Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) meeting on Oct. 14, 2021, Barb Avers, a DNR staff member, presented the 7-member commission with information on the Sandhill Crane’s population based on the most recent, available data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Click here for details,

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Ivory-billed Woodpecker News

The Ivory-billed woodpecker has officially been declared extinct, along with 22 other species. Click here for the story.

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Bird Photography

For those interested, the Grand Rapids Camera Club hosted internationally known bird photographer, Glenn Bartley, at their December 2020 meeting. A video of the ZOOM meeting can be viewed on YouTube by clicking here.

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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