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Michigan Audubon is pleased to welcome Penny Briscoe to host the workshop How to be a Good Purple Martin Landlord. Briscoe is a local expert with more than 25 years of experience. Learn how to acquire and install suitable housing, prepare nests for spring arrival, and perform regular nest checks to ensure survival of young birds. Briscoe will also share useful internet resources, and discuss recording and submitting data.

Michigan Audubon will also be working this year to establish a few Purple Martin colonies in the Lansing area and would welcome volunteers interested in helping to monitor these houses.

The workshop is $25 and will be held at the Michigan Audubon office in Okemos. Please direct any questions to Michigan Audubon Education Coordinator, Lindsay Cain, at lcain@michiganaudubon.org or 517-580-7364.
>> Register for Purple Martin Workshop
>> Learn More About Purple Martin Conservation in Michigan
Bird lovers rejoice! Spring migration is just around the corner and we are eagerly anticipating a great season at Whitefish Point. Our Hawk Count and spring Owl Banding kick off on March 15. In preparation, we are counting on volunteers to help us prepare the trails for our spring staff and visitors. If you have snowshoes and would like to help, please join owl banders Chris Neri and Nova Mackentley (pictured here) at the Point on Saturday, March 11 from 3 - 5 p.m. as we walk the trails to help pack the snow. For more information, please contact us at events@michigaudubon.org or call (517) 580-7363. 
WANTED: Old Chest Freezer
Do you have an old chest freezer you'd like to get rid of? If so, drop us a line. Whitefish Point Bird Observatory is currently in need of a freezer to securely store bird seed for the feeding station adjacent to the Owl's Roost Gift Shop. The freezer need not work, but it should have a tight seal to keep critters out and would ideally hold at approximately four 50-pound bags of seed. If you've got something that you think would fit the bill, please contact us at (517) 580-7364 or birds@michiganaudubon.org. Thank you!
April 29-30, 2017, will mark the 29th Annual Spring Fling: WPBO’s Celebration of Bird Migration, when members and their guests “migrate” to Paradise, Mich. and the Whitefish Point area to visit with old friends, both human and avian. Many activities are being planned for another refreshing weekend of birding experiences including guided walks and tours, workshops, presentations, and a banquet featuring keynote speaker Josh Haas debuting his new DVD, Hawks on the Wing, an innovative way to identify hawks in flight. Registration is open and spots for pre- and post-event field trips are filling up fast. For more information, visit the link below or contact Lindsay Cain at lcain@michiganaudubon.org or (517) 580-7364.
>> Register for Spring Fling at WPBO
If you're heading to the Detroit Expo Day at Belle Isle Park, stop by and say hello to Michigan Audubon Education Coordinator, Lindsay Cain; she will be presenting Birds, Beaks, and Eats. This hands-on activity for kids will focus on bird beak shapes suited for eating different types of foods in different habitats. Children will have the opportunity to try each beak type in simulated habitats to determine which will work best. 
The Detroit Expo Day will be Sunday, April 9 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Belle Isle Park in Detroit. The Detroit Expo Day is organized by the Michigan State University Science Festival and features hands-on activities, demonstrations, and talks for the whole family to enjoy! Expo activities will be located at several sites on Belle Isle Park, including Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Belle Isle Nature Zoo, and Belle Isle Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory.
A new ornithology workshop is open to adults with beginning/intermediate knowledge of bird identification and an interest in the birds of Isle Royale. The workshop will focus on learning to recognize boreal breeding birds using binoculars, audio reference recordings, and good field observation skills. The workshop will feature early morning outings to observe dawn chorusing behavior and visits to multiple habitat types to gain an understanding of the ecology, distribution, and habitat preferences of Isle Royale’s birds. Evening discussions of bird identification will include informal presentations on warbler migration and ecology. Instructor Zach Gayk has many years of experience studying native birds across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He authored several scientific articles on the resource partitioning of northern birds and currently leads a study on behavioral ecology of neotropical passerines migrating along Lake Superior. A lifelong birder, Zach has previously worked as a consulting biologist for Bete Grise Preserve and Michigan Breeding Bird Atlas, and holds a master’s degree in evolutionary genomics from Northern Michigan University.

For more information, visit http://irkpa.org/get-involved/workshops.

 
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