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Registration for the the 9th annual Beaver Island Birding Festival, Warblers on the Water opens on February 22 at noon. The festival will be May 27- 29th on beautiful Beaver Island, Michigan. The Island, located in northern Lake Michigan is a spring migratory song and shore bird mecca. With over 200 species of birds having been sited from Blackburnian warblers, Sandhill Cranes, American Bitterns and Eagles and shorebirds, one never knows what they are going to see on Beaver Island. The birding trail was designed to give birders the resources to explore the varied habitats year-round.

A full listing of festival events along with information about the island and other Memorial Day weekend activities on the island are available at  Tickets and registration are available through links on that site or by going to the Beaver Island Community Center Online Ticket Store where a special page has been set up for the event: Registration for all of the guided field trips that are part of the Festival is limited, so birders are urged to register early.

Transportation to the island can be arranged via the Beaver Island Boat Company, Fresh Air Aviation or Island Airways. Lodging availability may be coordinated through the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce. Links with information are on the ticketing page and at Transportation to the various field trips will be provided to participants.

Renowned speakers, researchers and expert field guides will be leading workshops and guiding participants on field trips to some of the island’s 30+ birding sites with over 12,000 acres of public land to explore. Whether you are a novice or expert there will be something for you in this magical avian oasis.

Featured Presenters:

  • Dr. Nancy Seefelt, Avian researcher and biology professor, Central Michigan University will present: The Butterflies of the Bird World: A Primer for Warbler Identification.
  • Bill Parsons, Biologist with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians will engage participants with information on Bald Eagles and Piping Plovers on the islands. Bill has extensive field work coordinating the Great Lakes Piping Plover Recovery Program on the Beaver Island Archipelago along with Bald Eagle Telemetry monitoring.
  • Linnea Rowse with the American Bird Conservancy will speak on Forestry for Michigan Birds.

A full calendar of events is available on the Beaver Island Association website at  Kick off Memorial Weekend and summer with a birding trip to Michigan’s Birding Secret: Beaver Island, Warblers on the Water!

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