The mixture of dense woodlands, shallow river waters, and serene wetlands attracts a large variety of birds. Bring your binoculars for a chance to glimpse pileated woodpeckers, Louisiana waterthrush and blue-winged warblers. Follow the path of scarlet tanagers and indigo buntings. A nature interpreter maintains a park bird species list. Birding programs are held throughout the year. Volunteers help maintain our bluebird nest boxes throughout the park. Call (734) 426-8211 for more information.
The wooded wetlands, rolling meadows, upland forests and gently flowing Huron River attract a diverse population of birds. Bring your binoculars to view pileated woodpeckers, great horned owls, red-shouldered hawks and warblers. Avid bird watchers may spot rare Henslow sparrows at Indian Springs Metropark. Nature interpreters maintain a park bird species list.
From rolling meadows and deciduous woodlands to marshes, lakes and an ancient bog, the variety of habitats at Kensington Metropark attract more than 170 resident and migratory birds each year. Stroll along the boardwalk on Wildwing Lake and you may spy a colony of great blue herons in the rookery or a bald eagle flying above. Experience the thrill of hand-feeding black-capped chickadees sunflower seeds in the winter. Volunteers help maintain bluebird nest boxes throughout the park. Interpreters offer seasonal birding programs year round including butterfly and hummingbird gardening, fall migration, bird walks, owl prowls and more. Celebrate majestic blue herons at the annual Heron Fest each spring. Interpreters maintain a bird species list. For more information contact 810-227-8917. The park is open 6 am to 10 pm daily.
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Bring your binoculars and scan the sky for a red-tailed hawk or bald eagle soaring above. One of the premiere hawk-watching sites in North America, Lake Erie Metropark is host to migrating waterfowl in the spring and fall, and birds of prey in the fall. Typically, tens of thousands of migrating birds of prey, comprised of 16 species, are recorded during the autumn months. Hawkfest, an annual festival, celebrates the birds of prey migration in September. Interpreters maintain a park bird species list with more than 300 recorded in this diverse habitat. Resident bald eagles and long-eared owls are regular features. Common wetland and big water species include red-winged blackbird, long-billed marsh wrens, common and caspian terns, cormorants and wood ducks. The spring migration season typically features a healthy warbler & passerine population, while the fall season hosts awe-inspiring numbers of migrant raptors. Visitors are occasionally treated to rare appearances from non-indigenous species like a white pelican or glossy ibis from Florida. Birding programs go beyond bird identification and walks, with educational and informative reviews on art and history as well.
Contact 734-379-5020 for more information.
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More than 230 species of birds, including warblers, waterfowl and hummingbirds flock to the Lake St. Clair shoreline, vast marsh area, meadows and woodlands of Lake St. Clair Metropark. Located along two intersecting migratory routes, this is one of the top birding sites in Michigan and an excellent spot to view a variety of birds, including a few rare species. Observe black-capped chickadees, cardinals, and blue jays from a viewing window at the nature center year-round. Learn about bird identification and behavior, gardening for birds, and other bird-related topics by attending interpretive programs. The Bird Migration Festival each spring offers hikes, special programs and children’s activities. Call the Nature Center at (586) 463-4332 for more information.
Search the mature woodlands, tallgrass prairies, and backwaters of the Huron River at Oakwoods Metropark for bald eagles, osprey and a variety of birds. Meet “Hawkeye,” the red-tailed hawk at the Nature Center. Look for a variety of waterfowl wading along river waters. Interpreters maintain a bird species list. Birding programs, including a woodcock watch and bird counts are held at the park.
The thick woodlands, tall-grass prairies, wetlands and lake water attract a wide variety of birds. Hike along nature trails in the spring and summer for a chance to see scarlet tanagers, indigo buntings and yellow-billed cuckoos. In fall and winter, spy tufted titmice, golden-crowned kinglets and dark-eyed juncos. Nature interpreters maintain a park bird species list and host a variety of birding programs throughout the year. For more information, contact the Nature Center
at (586) 781-9113.