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Stream Live Count Updates from the Point
Ever look out the window daydreaming about being at the Point and wonder what birds you would see overhead if you were there? A new development at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory will let you find out. The spring field staff is testing a new electronic data collection system through a collaboration with the non-profit group Dunkadoo
One of the most exciting features is a live data stream of the diurnal counts so that you can follow along with what the counters are seeing and recording in real time as they tally their observations. There are several different types of interactive graphs that can be used to explore both the daily and seasonal sightings.
Click the link below to view the daily stream from the Hawk Count. Be sure to register for Spring Fling to see our spring counters in action while enjoying our annual celebration of spring migration at the Point!
>> View the Live Hawk Count Stream from WPBO
Register Your Purple Martin Colony
While the global population is stable, Michigan’s Purple Martins have been experiencing consistent, steep population declines since 1966 according to the Breeding Bird Survey. Lack of properly sited and managed nesting structures are a limiting factor for breeding Purple Martins as they rely solely on human-made structures for nesting in this region. Understanding where current Purple Martin colonies are in the state is an important step in conservation. We are building a map of these current and historic locations. If you have data to share, please click the link below to learn how to register your colony. If you don't have a colony but would like to get involved in Purple Martin conservation efforts, contact Conservation Science Coordinator Rachelle
Roake at rroake@michiganaudubon.org or call 517-580-7364. 
>> Register Your Purple Martin Colony
The proposed 2018 federal budget would gut major programs and protections for birds and America’s public lands, putting decades of conservation achievements at risk. With so much on the line, it’s imperative that we send Congress a loud, unmistakable message that such extreme cuts will not stand.

Drastic reductions in the proposed federal budget would reduce on-the-ground conservation at a time when one-third of migratory bird species are already in decline. Birds are sensitive indicators of environmental health as a whole, and the loss of migratory birds signals a potential crisis that Congress must act now to reverse.

Please act now! Tell your senators and representatives: Make protecting migratory birds and the conservation programs they depend on a priority. Thank you.
>> Tell Congress to Make Bird Conservation a Priority
Save the Date: Capital City Bird Sanctuary Open House
Saturday, May 13, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
6160 Delta River Drive, Lansing, MI 48906

Please join us for a spring open house as we celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Capital City Bird Sanctuary, featuring a variety of nature walks and family-friendly activities. The theme for this year’s International Migratory Bird Day focuses on migratory stopover sites that help birds along their way. Capital City Bird Sanctuary is an excellent stopover site for many migratory birds that pass through our region during the spring and fall. Many other species utilize the 65 acres of forest, meadow, and riverside habitats protected by this public nature sanctuary for nesting and foraging activities. Nearly two miles of unpaved trails offer visitors a chance to get close to nature and observe birds, flowers, and wildlife.

This celebration will include activities for adults and children to learn about birds, plants, and other creatures that can be found in your own backyard. Attendees will have the opportunity to see migratory birds up-close during bird banding demonstrations by the Burke Lake Banding Station. The event will also feature helpful demonstrations on how to care for bird nest boxes, create native habitat, and volunteer with Michigan Audubon. Please wear sturdy walking shoes or waterproof boots for unpaved, grassy or muddy trails. Bring binoculars if you have them. We hope to see you there!
>> CCBS Open House Schedule
Read the Latest from WPBO
Spring is in full swing at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory! Be sure to get the latest updates from the Point by reading the blog posts from our spring field staff.
>> Read the Latest Blog Posts from WPBO
Michigan Audubon wishes Lyn Scrimger a very happy retirement! Lyn has been an outstanding Operations Manager and will be missed immensely. Lyn is passing his spreadsheets on to Maura Villhauer who has been working with Lyn to get her ducks in a row. Happy casting, Lyn! We’re “reely” going to miss you and hope to “sea” you around soon. Best fishes!
Spring is a busy season for birding! Be sure to check out our calendar to keep abreast of all the upcoming birding events at Michigan Audubon!
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