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Saving Birds Thru Habitat
09/21/2020

Saving Birds Thru Habitat

Not the best photo, but four of these beauties were in a field across from our nature center. Soon they will depart for the winter.

Saving Birds Thru Habitat
09/10/2020

Saving Birds Thru Habitat

Our newest member, Dave Donoher took this beautiful shot of a migrating female redstart today. Thanks, Dave!!

Saving Birds Thru Habitat
09/10/2020

Saving Birds Thru Habitat

Our newest member, Dave Donoher took this beautiful shot of a migrating female redstart today. Thanks, Dave!!

Saving Birds Thru Habitat
09/05/2020

Saving Birds Thru Habitat

For many species that nest on our property - and adjacent Charter Sanctuary, migration from our area has been completed. Others (like our catbirds) are yet to begin. But Eastern Bluebirds are in the middle of their trip southward, and as they pass through here, they check out our Long Branch Bluebird Houses. We have watched, from our patio area, as dozens linger every day to look over these nesting boxes. This photo was taken several years ago of a pair that nested here - and successfully raised their family. This style of nest box saves the lives of nestlings by preventing loss due to heat stress, prevent starlings access, and keep most predators from entering.

Lil Mahoney, one of our most observant (and helpful) members, suggested that we add the following:  DO NOT use soap to c...
08/16/2020

Lil Mahoney, one of our most observant (and helpful) members, suggested that we add the following: DO NOT use soap to clean your feeders; it can be difficult to rinse it out completely. Begin with this: use the smallest feeder you can find and change the solution at least every other day. (Unless you live in the west, where you may have hundreds of hummers visiting during migration, you won't need a large feeder.) Clean you feeder thoroughly with hot water and a small brush. Rinse well and refill.

Those of us who live in northeastern states are seeing one of our favorite birds - male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds - begin their southward migration. It is a reminder for us to keep our feeders clean and nectar fresh. Also a reminder NOT to use commercial hummer foods or food coloring. Simple sugar water (1 part to refined white sugar to four parts water) is the only nectar we should put out for them. Do not be surprised that they drive other males away from your feeder; this is a survival mechanism established over many millennia (they will also defend a patch of nectar bearing flowers). Never use brown sugar, honey or sugar substitutes.

Saving Birds Thru Habitat
08/16/2020

Saving Birds Thru Habitat

Those of us who live in northeastern states are seeing one of our favorite birds - male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds - begin their southward migration. It is a reminder for us to keep our feeders clean and nectar fresh. Also a reminder NOT to use commercial hummer foods or food coloring. Simple sugar water (1 part to refined white sugar to four parts water) is the only nectar we should put out for them. Do not be surprised that they drive other males away from your feeder; this is a survival mechanism established over many millennia (they will also defend a patch of nectar bearing flowers). Never use brown sugar, honey or sugar substitutes.

Listen to this podcast before killing a cute little jumping spider like this one.  He or she may be your chickadees' nex...
05/29/2020

Listen to this podcast before killing a cute little jumping spider like this one. He or she may be your chickadees' next meal.

Kay Charter from Saving Birds Thru Habitat talks about spiders and birds in the latest episode!

Listen here: https://www.tacm.tv/outside_episode.asp?aid=19

Grand Traverse Outside
05/15/2020

Grand Traverse Outside

On this week's migrant bird report, Kay Charter from Saving Birds Thru Habitat talks about Hummingbirds, Baltimore Orioles and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.

https://www.tacm.tv/outside_episode.asp?aid=13

That was our first Ronald Brown Academy class.  Great memories.  Sadly, we had to cancel this year, but we will be there...
05/02/2020

That was our first Ronald Brown Academy class. Great memories. Sadly, we had to cancel this year, but we will be there again next year!

Next Thursday morning (May 8), Saving Birds volunteers will meet a school bus carrying this fourth grade class from Ronald Brown Academy in Detroit at Ohio’s Magee Marsh Wildlife Area east of Toledo. Magee Marsh is one of the nation’s best places to watch spring birds, migrating from the Tropics back to their breeding grounds in the northern U. S. and Canada. There, these young students will enjoy an experience every birder in the country would give his or her eye teeth to have. Each youngster will have a pair of binoculars to use during the field trip. Each will also have a field guide, tee-shirt made especially for this trip and, in the event of rain, a poncho. This trip - along with three follow-up field trips in one of Detroit MetroParks - has been initiated, planned and the costs covered by Saving Birds. We plan to repeat this program at Ronald Brown Academy every year.

Saving Birds Thru Habitat
04/30/2020

Saving Birds Thru Habitat


Click on the link to our Executive Director's podcasts; scroll down to the right of the page to find them.

Please join us at our Discovery Center for this great program!
05/08/2019

Please join us at our Discovery Center for this great program!

Saturday, June 8, 10AM: The Secret Lives of Birds. Our fabulous summer migrants like Baltimore Orioles, Indigo Buntings, Scarlet Tanagers and American Redstarts disappear after their breeding cycle, until the following spring. Where do they go and how do they survive? Join us for a special program at our Discovery Center in Omena with Howard Youth of the American Bird Conservancy.

Howard spent three years in Nicaragua studying bird species we consider to be “ours,” but they spend more time in the tropics than they do here. Howard will talk about the strange distribution of wintering Neotropical migrants and how many of them change their behavior and adjust their diets. This is a “don’t miss” program for everyone who likes to watch birds or those interested in learning more about our native wildlife. Saving Birds Thru Habitat, 5020 N. Putnam Road, Omena. Call 231-271-3837 with questions.

There is no charge for this program.
Refreshments.

Support our students by attending this event on Thursday, April 24 at the Leelanau County Government Center.  Leland Hig...
04/20/2019

Support our students by attending this event on Thursday, April 24 at the Leelanau County Government Center. Leland High School Science Class has been working very hard on a great poster presentation for this event.

If you live in Leelanau County, please join us on Thursday, April 25 for the Third Annual Leelanau Native Plants Initiative Program. This year, Leland High School Students will again present poster programs educating us on the value of native plants to our insects. Katie Grzesiak will present a PowerPoint program about the damage done to our native ecosystems by alien invasive plants.

A temporary respite, at best.  If any are back, they will return with a vengeance.  However, at least in our state, wood...
01/31/2019
Extreme cold may wipe out high percentage emerald ash borer larvae

A temporary respite, at best. If any are back, they will return with a vengeance. However, at least in our state, woodpeckers have discovered them and just possibly will begin to control them.

The extreme temperatures moving in with Sunday's arctic blast may kill off a significant percentage of emerald ash borer larvae.

01/24/2016

We are very sorry, but in spite of all the "likes" and "views" we get, there will be no festival this year.

11/20/2015

There will be no festival next year - and likely none in 2017

10/21/2015

We are very sorry to announce that, due to circumstances that are very much beyond our control, there will be no BirdFest in 2016. If there is to be one in 2017, we will let you know as soon as we do.

Only a week left to register for Birding by Tall Ship.  Sail on the beautiful schooner Inland Seas out to Gull Island wi...
05/20/2015

Only a week left to register for Birding by Tall Ship. Sail on the beautiful schooner Inland Seas out to Gull Island with colonial water bird expert Dr. Bill Scharf to see nesting Caspian Terns, Herring Gulls and other water birds as they tend their young. Leelanau Conservancy staff member will be along to detail the history of the island and why the Conservancy purchased it as a sanctuary for these nesting birds. Don't be disappointed; make your reservation today!

On Saturday, May 30, from 9AM to 4PM, Enerdyne, Inc. of Suttons Bay will host an optics day at Sunset Lodge in Omena.  T...
05/12/2015

On Saturday, May 30, from 9AM to 4PM, Enerdyne, Inc. of Suttons Bay will host an optics day at Sunset Lodge in Omena. The highlight of this event will be a birding presentation by ultra-birder and Swarovski representative Joel Simon. Joel and his wife, Vicki, will be available all day to offer expertise about general birding, equipment use, and information about field techniques. Joel has represented Swarovski for 13 years as a birder and is an integral participant in the award winning Swarovski Birding Competition Teams.
A wide variety of world class binoculars and spotting scopes will be available for “test driving,” including Swarovski, Opticron, Nikon, Orion, Celestron, Pentax, Swift, Televue, Vanguard, Vixen, and others. Enerdyne representative Dick Cookman will offer guidelines about qualities of various instruments on exhibit and target which ones best fit customers based on cost, instrument characteristics, and customer needs.
Opticron representative Paul Kardos will have available a variety of instruments designed for both beginning and advanced birders. Before Enerdyne recently added Opticron instruments to its product line, Opticron did not distribute in the United States. Opticron has an impressive history in Europe for promoting birding events and providing a wide range of products at very reasonable prices.

Here's another lovely Neotropical songbird you can see during our festival, if you sign up for the Lighthouse West Prese...
05/10/2015

Here's another lovely Neotropical songbird you can see during our festival, if you sign up for the Lighthouse West Preserve field trip with leaders Ed and Linda Ketterer. We love this image of a Scarlet Tanager, taken by our friend Jim Stevenson, because it has not been Photoshopped. Our native birds are beautiful in their natural state; their photos do not need electronic enhancement.

Are you hankering for a sight of a beautiful bobolink?  Join our trip to the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy's ...
05/10/2015

Are you hankering for a sight of a beautiful bobolink? Join our trip to the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy's Arcadia Dunes grasslands to see this and other hard to find upland species.

Caspian Terns are listed as threatened in Michigan.   The flock on the beach was taken by Alice Van Zoeren at Platte Riv...
05/03/2015

Caspian Terns are listed as threatened in Michigan. The flock on the beach was taken by Alice Van Zoeren at Platte River. The tern with the fish was taken in Rockport, during the winter months, by our birder/photographer friend, Hank. See these beautiful members of the gull family on our Birding by Tall Ship cruise to Gull Island. Leader for this trip is Dr. Bill Scharf, an expert in the subject of colonial waterbirds. Space is limited on this trip.

OPTICS DAY HIGHLIGHTS - May 30, 2015 from 9AM to 4PM at Sunset Lodge in Omena (just up the hill from Knot Just a Bar).Th...
04/21/2015

OPTICS DAY HIGHLIGHTS - May 30, 2015 from 9AM to 4PM at Sunset Lodge in Omena (just up the hill from Knot Just a Bar).
This event is sponsored by Enerdyne of Suttons Bay. There will be optics from the following companies:
Swarovski, Opticron, Nikon, Orion, Celestron, Pentax, Swift, and others, which participants can "test drive" on Sunset Lodge's beautiful twelve acres.

Swarovski is the Austrian manufacturer of world class binoculars
and spotting scopes renowned by birders. This fine company is a long term supporter of retaining and expanding environmental diversity. Opticron LLC: is a leading UK manufacturer of quality monoculars, binoculars. and spotting scopes appealing to wildlife enthusiasts.

Enerdyne representative Dick Cookman will attend to offer guidelines about use qualities of the large variety of instruments on exhibit and target which ones best fit customers based on cost, instrument characteristics, and customer needs and desires.

Also available for advice will be Swarovski Field Techs Joel and Vicki Simon, ultra-experienced birders, are attending to
offer expertise about general birding, equipment use, and information about field techniques. Joel has represented Swarovski for 13 years as a birder and birding event
organizer. He is an integral participant in the award winning Swarovski Birding competition teams. Joel has been deeply involved for many years in HawkWatch International and
organizes the Corpus Cristi Hawk Watch, the only Texas group that conducts full season counts of the Hawks utilizing this most important Texas flyway.

Opticron representative Paul Kardos will bring and demonstrate a variety of instruments designed for both beginning and advanced birders. Before Enerdyne recently added Opticron instruments to its product line, Opticron did not distribute in the United States.
Opticron has an impressive history in Europe for promoting birding events and providing products covering a wide range of optical levels at very reasonable prices.

Jim Charter onboard the schooner Inland Seas during the 2012 Leelanau Peninsula Birding Festival.  He pronounced the tri...
04/09/2015

Jim Charter onboard the schooner Inland Seas during the 2012 Leelanau Peninsula Birding Festival. He pronounced the trip "wonderful." Don't be disappointed this year; sign up early for our amazing Birding by Tall Ship experience. Ours is the only festival that offers this exciting event.

Space is limited for our Birding by Tall Ship cruise to Gull Island to check out nesting Caspian Terns and other colonia...
03/27/2015

Space is limited for our Birding by Tall Ship cruise to Gull Island to check out nesting Caspian Terns and other colonial water birds. Our field trip leader will be Dr. William Scharf, an expert in the subject. We set sail at 10 AM on Sunday, May 31 aboard the beautiful schooner Inland Seas. Space is limited; don't miss this great offering! Make your reservations today on our website: www.mibirdfest.com/

Great display at the TC Visitor's Center on Union. Fantastic maps on where to go, what you might see, and ways to create...
03/17/2015

Great display at the TC Visitor's Center on Union. Fantastic maps on where to go, what you might see, and ways to create habitat on your property as well.

Great display at the TC Visitor's Center on Union. Fantastic maps on where to go, what you might see, and ways to create habitat on your property as well.

03/15/2015
Lodging and More « Leelanau Peninsula BirdFest

On Saturday, May 30, there will also be an optics day at Sunset Lodge thanks to Enerdyne in Suttons Bay. Come see what's new and chat with fellow birders between outings!

Looking for lodging assistance for BirdFest? Click on the new ‘Lodging’ tab at the top of the Home page, you’ll find a list of places to stay. All of these facilities are centrally located in Leelanau County and supporters of BirdFest. Also, we are adding an all day, open event for Saturday, May 27t…

Lodging has been updated. These are the best of the best. Make reservations soon, many are already filling up for Birdfe...
03/08/2015
MiBirdfest.Com - Leelanau Birding Festival

Lodging has been updated. These are the best of the best. Make reservations soon, many are already filling up for Birdfest weekend!

Following is a short list of lodging facilities that are located closest to the Festival's most central location, Saving Birds Thru Habitat. A more complete list of Leelanau Lodging is available from the Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Recently saw a Pileated Woodpecker eating snow off the trunk of a tree! While you plan for spring (and your birding trip...
02/24/2015

Recently saw a Pileated Woodpecker eating snow off the trunk of a tree! While you plan for spring (and your birding trips), remember that if you help restore the native plants...the birds will do the rest.

Registration is open! Thanks to Oryana Natural Foods Market for being the first sponsor, too!
01/21/2015
The Leelanau Peninsula BirdFest 2015 |:| Register for this Event

Registration is open! Thanks to Oryana Natural Foods Market for being the first sponsor, too!

Come to beautiful Leelanau and join us May 28 – June 1, 2014 for the Fourth Annual Leelanau Peninsula BirdFest. Fees: $15 daily registration; $40 for 3 or 4 day registration; plus any additional fee as indicated when you choose one of our special field trips.

The schedule for this year is a little different, and new field trips have been added.
01/20/2015

The schedule for this year is a little different, and new field trips have been added.

Registration opens soon so mark your calendars! Dates are set. See our website at http://mibirdfest.com/schedule.html for information on outings and trip leaders. Please contact us at [email protected] for how to sponsor and help spread the word.

Leelanau Peninsula BirdFest
01/19/2015

Leelanau Peninsula BirdFest

Leelanau Peninsula BirdFest's cover photo
01/19/2015

Leelanau Peninsula BirdFest's cover photo

Brian Allen leads a hike at Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy's Arcadia Marsh during the Fourth Annual Leelanau P...
06/09/2014

Brian Allen leads a hike at Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy's Arcadia Marsh during the Fourth Annual Leelanau Peninsula Birding Festival. The GTRLC has carried out massive restoration work at the marsh as well as the large prairie reconstruction a few miles inland. Thanks to Angie Lucas for the photo.

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112 E Philip St
Lake Leelanau, MI
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This event is FREE and lunch is included.
Here is a flashback to our prairie warbler field tip to Good Harbor Bay during a previous bird fest. We saw one warbler in an evergreen tree.