Category Archives: Michigan

Insane Winter Birding

This weekend we drove up to Sault Ste. Marie (“the Soo”) in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) for a group birding event with a guide from Michigan Audubon. If you had told me five years ago that I would (a) pay … Continue reading

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Jane Goodall Knows

Like many people who care about social and environmental issues, I sometimes get discouraged. Can I really make a difference? What impact can I have by writing a letter to my representative, or signing a petition? Petitions are a dime … Continue reading

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Yank Yank!

The Nuthatch Patrol are sounding their “yank yank!” alarm as I trudge through the silent woodland, knee-deep in drifts of heavy, wet snow. Red-bellied woodpeckers bicker high up in the naked oak tree. A lone gull flies overhead, like a … Continue reading

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Winter Birding in Michigan

I’ve never liked winter very much. Sure, the first snow of the season is pretty, but after a couple days the charm fades away and it turns dirty and slushy. And all the leaves are gone on the trees, making … Continue reading

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“Pure” Michigan? Not Yet, But It’s a Good Goal

Remember my post about picking up balloons in the lake at Bald Mountain a few weeks ago? I’ve picked up more than a few since that day. So you’ll understand why I was discouraged today when I found out about … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday

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A Day at Holland Ponds

A couple weeks ago the first of the Great Blue Herons arrived back on their nests at the Holland Ponds rookery. I only found out about this large communal nesting site last spring, so I still get very excited about … Continue reading

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Birding by Car at Shiawassee NWR

We’d been meaning to visit Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge near Saginaw, Michigan, for quite some time. So when a fellow birder reported some great birds up there last week, we decided to check it out. It’s only 80 miles from … Continue reading

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Rare Bird on my List — and a Great Memory

We had success last weekend in finding the rare Kirtland’s Warbler. Not at the Tawas Point Birding Festival on Saturday, but the next day in Grayling. We took one of the tours that leave from the Ramada Inn, and were … Continue reading

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Photos of an Early Spring in Michigan

A few days ago on my way to go birding in the park, I saw a very big Red-tailed Hawk lazily soaring on a thermal in a big circle over the road. I pulled my car over and jumped out … Continue reading

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