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"No crowds, no traffic; just good birding."
-Brian Allen, Manistee Audubon President and Expert Field Trip Leader

Description and Schedule of Events - 2017
Download a PDF version of the schedule here

The full cost of field trips, demonstrations, and presentations is underwritten by many island businesses and organizations. Please show your support as a birder by visiting these businesses. Contributions are greatly appreciated and can be made to the BIBT through the Beaver Island Association or Preservation Association of Beaver Island.

 


Starting Memorial Weekend:

Friday, May 26th - Travel Day

The Emerald Isle ferry departs Charlevoix at 11:30 a.m. The nonstop trip will take approximately two and a half hours, providing a great opportunity for viewing pelagic birds. Darrell Lawson, Brian Allen, Chase Sholten, and Jerry Weinrich, bird experts and field guides, will be on the ferry to help identify birds as you cross Lake Michigan. Whether arriving by air or boat, keep your binoculars handy for pelagic sightings during your trip. Once on the island settle into your room and enjoy island hospitality.


If you have registered and paid for the Memorial Day Birding festivities, please stop by the Community Center to pick up your BIBT pin.

BIBT Pin
Official BIBT Pin

Presentations are free and open to the public.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Presentation at the Community Center:

Michigan Eagles and Ospreys, a Bird's Eye View, presented by Jerry Weinrich. Free and open to the public.


6:30 p.m. - Dinner and Socializing at Shamrock Bar and Restaurant

Saturday, May 27th

TRANSPORTATION WILL BE PROVIDED FOR ALL FIELD TRIPS.

The field trips will begin at 7:30 a.m. Registered participants will be picked up at Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli (see below) for small group transport to sites. Participants will be limited to 12 per field trip for all field trips on both Saturday and Sunday. Please prepare for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring water and sunscreen. Although insects are usually not a problem this time of the year, you may want to consider carrying some insect repellent. Participants will be returned to the Community Center after the field trips at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Space is limited and registration is essential for participation in field trips, so please register early!

If you need some help choosing your field trip, check out the Beaver Island Birding Trail map and the associated habitat descriptions on this web site. No strenuous walking is required for any trip.

(All sites referenced below are shown on the BIBT map of Beaver Island)


6:30 - 7:30 a.m. - Early Birder Breakfast

At Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli.


Pickup for the following field trips will be at Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli:

7:35 a.m. - Field Trip #1

Windshield Birding Adventure. A “windshield birding” adventure with the Grabills is the perfect choice for those who want to both bird and explore the roadways of Beaver Island. The van will make frequent stops but no walking is required.


7:35 a.m. - Field Trip #2

Gull Harbor (Site 2 on the BIBT map)


7:30 a.m. - Field Trip #3

Little Sand Bay (Site12 on the BIBT map)


7:30 a.m. - Field Trip #4

Bill Wagner Campground and Seven Bridges Trail (Sites 14 and 15 on the BIBT map)


Noon - Lunch at Daddy Frank's Restaurant


Mid-Afternoon:

Free time to explore Beaver Island’s history, nature preserves, beaches, museums, library, gift shops, or more birding on your own.


4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Presentation at the Community Center

Birding 101 - Join Darrell Lawson for a beginning birding presentation at the Community Center. Darrell will cover field guide selection, optics selection, tips for learning bird songs, bird habitats, and identification pitfalls to avoid. Free and open to the public.


5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Dinner on your own


Evening: 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. - Field Trip #5

Field trip to Oliver's Point (Site 25 on the BIBT map) and Beaver Island Airport. Pickup at Shamrock Bar and Restaurant. 

 

Sunday, May 28th

6:30 - 7:30 a.m. - Early Birder Breakfast

At Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli.

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - AmVets Pancake Breakfast

At Holy Cross Hall


7:35 a.m. - Field Trip #1

Windshield Birding Adventure. A “windshield birding” adventure with the Grabills is the perfect choice for those who want to both bird and explore the roadways of Beaver Island. The van will make frequent stops but no walking is required. Pickup at Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli


7:00 a.m. - Field Trip #2

Mist Netting at Barney's Lake Preserve (Site #22 on the BIBT map). Central Michigan University researcher Dr. Nancy Seefelt will provide a demonstration of the techniques of mist netting at Barney's Lake -- weather permitting. Pickup at Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli


9:30 a.m. - Field Trip #3

Botany of Beaver Island. Join botanitst Dr. Ed Leuck to learn about the vegetation of the island, with an emphasis on flowering spring flora. Pickup at the Community Center


Noon - Lunch at Daddy Frank's Restaurant

1:00 p.m. - Presentation at the Community Center

Penguins and Prions: Birds and Wildlife of the Seventh Continent. The continent of Antarctica is a fascinating, uninhabited land of ice and snow. Not a single land mammal lives here, although it boasts a rich collection of both bird and marine mammal life. Join Cathy Theisen on the trip of a lifetime to the bottom of the globe, and learn about the fascinating animals and the adaptations that allow them to live here. Examine some of the effects of human disruption, and some of the greatest restoration successes of this fragile wilderness. Free and open to the public.


Mid-Afternoon:

Free time to explore Beaver Island’s history, nature preserves, beaches, museums, library, gift shops, or more birding on your own.


4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Presentation at the Community Center

Birding Peru; Penguins to Piping Guans - Brian Allen. Free and open to the public.


5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Field Trip #4

Gull Harbor and St. James Township Campground (Sites #2 and 5 on the BIBT map). Pickup at the Community Center.


7:00 p.m. - Dinner at Shamrock Bar and Restaurant

Other Activities of Interest to Birders

May 27th and 28th, 7:30 p.m. – Performance of “Drinking Habit 2-Caught in the Act,” a farce by Tom Smith, at the Community Center on Main Street.

After the Saturday and Sunday morning birding field trips, Karen Whitecraft, owner of Beaver Island Massage, licensed massage therapist, will be available to help with “warbler necks”. Karen will offer on-site chair massages at the Community Center from 12:30-3:00 p.m. both days.

Suggested donation of $1.00/min will be donated to the BIBT Headquarters, the Beaver Island Community Center. If interested in a longer or full body massage, Karen offers these services at her home which borders Barney’s Lake Preserve (Site #22 on the BIBT map), providing excellent birding while you enjoy a massage. Karen’s website www.beaverislandmassage.com explains her services. She can also be reached at 231-675-6203.

 

 

 

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