Welcome to Warblers on the Water events for 2023 featuring field trips on the Beaver Island Birding Trail. Our community is eager to share our beautiful island, which hosts a rich array of migratory and resident nesting birds. Affectionately, Beaver Island is known as the Emerald Isle of American Birding.
We have arranged special field trips and presentations for Saturday, May 27th and Sunday, May 28th. The field trips were selected to commemorate 10 years since the creation of the Beaver Island Birding Trail. The weekend is intended to celebrate Great Lakes Islands biodiversity and inspire others to become active conservation partners. The full schedule is just below. We also have a handy copy you can download and print: 2023 Warblers Schedule.
We have invited a group of wonderful leaders who will guide us on a weekend of discovery. A full calendar of events is presented below. Guided field trips require registration, but the Sunday afternoon presentation is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
Our headquarters for the weekend will be the Beaver Island Community Center. The BIC Center is conveniently located in town right across from the ferry dock. It serves as the trail head for the Beaver Island Birding trail as well as other island trails.
Please make your plans early. More information including a calendar all Memorial Day Weekend event son the island, a Beaver Island Birding Trail Map and travel and lodging information can be found by scrolling down. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Registration for ticketed events is now closed. Events at the BIC Center do not require advance registration.
2023 Beaver Island Birding Trail Field Trip Leaders
We have invited a group of expert field trip guides who will lead us on a weekend of discovery on the Beaver Island Archipelago. The weekend is intended to celebrate our island’s natural resources and inspire others to become active conservation partners. Please welcome:
Dr. Francesca Cuthbert
Dr. Cuthbert’s current research focuses in three areas: (1) recovery of the endangered Great Lakes Piping Plover population, all within the context of management of coastal shore ecosystems; (2) biology and management of Double-crested Cormorants in North America especially in relation to the cormorant-fishery conflict; and (3) colonial waterbird population dynamics and conservation in the Great Lakes and Asia.
Dr. Tim Lamey
Tim and his partner recently purchased a home on Beaver Island and look forward to moving to the island year-round in the near future.
Dr. Nancy Seefelt
Terry and Andrea Grabill
Other Island Events
In addition to Warblers on the Water events, there are lots of other things to do on the Island during the Memorial Day Weekend. Here’s a full schedule:
Getting to the Island
Beaver Island can be reached by either ferry or plane from Charlevoix Michigan. There are two airlines serving Beaver Island daily year round and ferry service runs from April to around Christmas.
Beaver Island Boat Company
103 Bridge Park Drive Charlevoix, MI 49720
Phone: 231-547-2311 or 1-888-446-4095
Fresh Air Aviation
06918 Old Norwood Rd. (PO Box 328) Charlevoix, MI 49720
Phone: 1-888-FLY-RGHT (359-7448) or 231-237-9482
111 Airport Drive Charlevoix, MI 49720
Where to stay
Previous Beaver Island Birding Trail Speakers and Field Trip Leaders
Over the years we’ve had a number of distinguished speakers and field trip leaders participate in Warblers on the Water. In addition to Darrell Lawson, Dr. Nancy Seefelt, Terry and Andrew Grabill and Beth and Ed Leuack, our past leaders have included:
Bill most recently led events during WoW 2022.
Linnea most recently led events during WoW 2022.