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Celebrate Michigan’s Feathered Friends On Go Birding Day

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    If you love birds, this is the feature for you! Go Birding Day helps encourage avian education, conservation, and interaction. It is annually celebrated on the last  Saturday in April. This year, it takes place on April 29, 2017.

    The Great Lakes region is home to hundreds of species of birds. There’s no better place than Michigan to enjoy a day dedicated to our feathered friends.

    Looking for a way to celebrate Go Birding Day? Check out what’s available around the Mitten State.

    Celebrate Michigan's Feathered Friends On Go Birding Day - The Awesome Mitten
    Photo courtesy of Pixabay

    Attend a Workshop or Festival

    The Michigan Audubon Society is a great place to start your birding adventure. They host workshops, educational programs, and other events around the state. Check out their website for more information.

    Get out and attend one of Michigan’s fun and educational festivals. The Tawas Point Birding Festival is known as the ‘Biggest Little Birding Festival in the Midwest.’ It is on May 18-20 this year. This event focuses on the many bird species native to Michigan’s ‘Sunrise Coast.’  Or experience the Michigan Audubon Society’s annual celebration of bird migration at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory.

    Celebrate Michigan's Feathered Friends On Go Birding Day - The Awesome Mitten
    Piping Plover – Photo courtesy of Alice Van Zoeren/Great Lakes Piping Plover Conservation Team

    Help Protect Michigan Birds

    Committing to help support and protect Michigan’s bird population is another great way to celebrate Go Birding Day. Get involved through workshops, volunteer opportunities, and or with financial support. To find out more, visit the Michigan Audubon Society’s website.

    More opportunities are available through Great Lakes Piping Plover Conservation Team. This team is active in banding, researching, and protecting this beautiful bird native to Great Lakes beaches. Volunteers can help by becoming a Nest Monitor, B.A.R.K. Ranger or Winter Observer.

    Interested in Michigan’s raptors?  Wings of Wonder is a rehabilitation, research, and education sanctuary that offers a raptor adoption program. You’ll receive an adoption certificate and photo with your donation.

    Whatever option you chose, there’s no better time to make a commitment to protect Michigan birds!

    Celebrate Michigan's Feathered Friends On Go Birding Day - The Awesome Mitten
    Photo courtesy of Wings of Wonder

    Explore a Birding Trail

    Michigan is home to six major birding trails. These combine the beauty of diverse landscapes with an abundance of bird-spotting opportunities. Before heading out, be sure to grab the Birds of Michigan Field Guide. Or check out the Audubon Society Best Birding Apps and Field Guides website. Don’t forget your binoculars!

    Celebrate Michigan's Feathered Friends On Go Birding Day - The Awesome Mitten
    Photo Courtesy of Christine Snow

    Build Your Own Bird Feeder

    Get your creative vibe going and make a do-it-yourself feeder. This is a great way to encourage avian observation. For ideas, check out 23 Birdfeeders That Will Fill Your Garden With Birds. Not a crafter? Pick-up an inexpensive feeder at any dollar store. Both options bring hours of birding joy to your home or garden.

    Celebrate Michigan's Feathered Friends On Go Birding Day - The Awesome Mitten
    Pine cone and peanut butter bird feeders – Photo courtesy of DIY & Crafts

    How will you celebrate Go Birding Day? Let us know in the comments! 

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