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SPEND A DAY BIRDING FOR DETROIT AUDUBON!
BIRDATHON 2014

You are invited to spend a day birding in support of Detroit Audubon! The 2014 Detroit Audubon Society Birdathon will be held from May 3 to May 26.
Enjoy a day in the field at the peak time of the spring migration, while raising money in support of Detroit Audubon Society’s efforts to protect wild birds and their habitats, to promote nature experiences, and to provide educational scholarships for
young birders.
As in previous years, individuals of all skill levels are invited to organize teams or to volunteer to participate on a team.
Each team is asked to select any date between May 3 and May 26 for their birding day and to choose any location(s) in southeast Michigan.
In advance of the birding date, all team members seek pledges from sponsors. Sponsors can pledge a set amount or per-species seen by the team. During Birdathon 2013, one team recorded 114 species. For those who like competition, that is the number to try to beat!
Team leaders are asked to register their teams by May 1.
To indicate a desire to participate or to register a team, please contact dasfieldlw@detroitaudubon.org or the Detroit Audubon office at 248-354-5804 or detas@bignet.net.

JOIN DETROIT AUDUBON AT THE
SPRING GET-AWAY UP NORTH, MAY 23−26, 2014

The Loon Lake Lutheran Retreat Center will be open for us to continue our Memorial Day Weekend tradition.
Join us on the Memorial Day Weekend Nature Get-Away Friday, May 23-Monday, May 26. Loon Lake Lutheran Retreat Center is a few miles north of Hale, Michigan, about a three-hour drive from the Detroit area. The center overlooks picturesque Loon Lake in the beautiful Michigan north woods. Late April to mid-May is THE best season of the year to see migrants in brilliant colors and full song. However, by coming north to “bird camp,” we can see migration all over again.
Read more HERE:
and download the registration form HERE:

DETROIT AUDUBON NEEDS YOU!

The Detroit Audubon Society serves its 6000-plus members almost exclusively through the efforts of its volunteers. As we approach our 75th anniversary, we are proud of our many accomplishments—but WE COULD DO MORE with your help.
Our volunteers are our backbone, and more support is needed. Even if you have only a couple of hours available per month, WE NEED YOU! The only qualification necessary is a desire to assist Detroit Audubon in its mission to promote the protection and enjoyment of birds and nature...
There are SO MANY opportunities for our members. There’s a spot for you. What’s your specialty? Join one of our committees (Education; Communications; Fund Raising; Marketing and Publicity; Programs; and Conservation, including Safe Passage and research initiatives). You might enjoy manning tables at shows and festivals; or how about answering phones in our Southfield office? Our annual events need your planning and coordination. You might write articles for the Flyway and/or submit your photos. Can you advise us on technology, or assist with advocacy efforts? How about developing and implementing new programs, and even serving on our Board of Directors?
If you’ve been thinking about volunteering some of your time for a wonderful cause, please contact us today, and we’ll find the perfect “fit” for you.
Your e-mail to publicity@detroitaudubon.org describing your availability and your interests will be so very welcome. Join us!

 

Wolves

WOLF HUNTING PETITIONS:
KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SIGNING

Wolf hunting is again legal in Michigan. A new petition drive to protect Michigan wolves is being launched. Read more HERE:
However, a competing petition campaign, conducted by Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management, aims to solidify the Michigan NRC’s right to name game animals in perpetuity. It will assure continued wolf hunts in Michigan. Be sure you know which petition you are signing. Read more HERE:

 

The 2013 Christmas Bird Count results are in!

Detroit Christmas Bird Count

Detroit Audubon thanks longtime coordinator Tim Nowicki as well as the Drayton Plains Nature Center for hosting the end-of-day wrap-up session.

http://detroitaudubon.org/ media/013CBC.pdf

Rockwood Christmas Bird Count
And, thanks to Tom Carpenter for the Rockwood count, available HERE:

 

Ready to become a member of the Audubon Society? Right now 100% of your dues will go to Detroit Audubon Society! Just join online and select the Detroit Audubon chapter code L50 from the drop-down menu. For just $20.00, you'll become a member of both the National and Detroit Audubon societies, and receive Audubon Magazine, the FLYWAY, and invitations to all Detroit Audubon birding events. Join today!

 

This online guide to North American Birds features over 800 species of birds in 22 Orders and 74 families. The guide covers all of North America's regular breeding birds - as well as non-breeding species that regularly or occasionally visit North America, north of Mexico.

Click Here to use Guide

 

Join the Crowdrise Holiday Challenge
to raise $10,000 for the Kirtland's Warbler

Click HERE:

 

NEW VISITOR CENTER ON THE WAY

This is a photo of the groundbreaking for the new Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center right next to Humbug Marsh. Detroit Audubon Society Board members Jack Smiley, Richard Quick, and Jim Bull attended the ground-breaking ceremony. Detroit Audubon Society was a leader in the fight to save Humbug Marsh. It started in earnest in 1998 and culminated in not only saving Humbug, but the creation of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge which now owns and manages Humbug. Since the refuge opened, Humbug has only been open during monthly public open houses and for certain other scheduled programs and trips. Once the visitor center is completed (in two years, we're told), Humbug will be accessible every day of the year that the refuge is open.
In other good news, the facility will be Gold LEED certified by the Green Building Council and is using bird-safe glass!

 

NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
FOR DETROIT AUDUBON PROJECTS

TERN PROJECT

SAFE PASSAGE GREAT LAKES

and

BIRD MONITORING AT THE DETROIT RIVER
INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

More Information

 

Complete Field Trip Schedule

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Graphic Created by Rosemarie Attilio

Graphic Created By

Rosemarie Attilio

 

Project

Safe Passage

Great Lakes

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Detroit Audubon’s Safe Passage Great Lakes could

use your help.

More information

 

ABC Bird Collision Solutions

For Home windows

 

Explained by Joe Bartell

Appeal to building owners

Safe Passage Flyer

 

New Safe Passage

Brochure

 

 

 

The Flyway is

Going Green

Many organizations are going paperless for many good reasons, including the positive impact on the environment.

More Information

Photo by Chris Fielding

We are pleased to announce the revival of Detroit Audubon Society's education committee!

The committee is actively pursuing new avenues for DAS to educate its members and the local community. If you are interested in joining the committee, please email

Scott Roberts at scott@detroitaudubon.org

All are welcome!

 

Bobolink

Photo by Robert Epstein

Our Common Birds

are in Decline

MORE INFORMATION

 

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Read the latest Flyway

 

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FIELD TRIPS:

Point Pelee, Ontario
April 26, 2014 (Saturday)
8:00 a.m.
Leader: Richard Quick

Pelee in the spring!
It does not get better
for a birder.
This year we’ll go for
the heavy spring migration. There is
plenty to see, including shorebirds in
the Hillman Marsh area
north of the park.

For directions, visit
FIELD TRIPS

 

Memorial Weekend
Nature Get-Away:
A Kid's View

by Sophia Jachman

 

Point Pelee 2013
b
y Lee Burton

 

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your Kroger card

 

More articles and
book reviews here


 

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