Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fall 2014 newsletter

The fall 2014 Grosse Pointe Audubon newsletter is here!

Fall 2014 Audubon Newsletter

Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring 2014 Newsletter


Here is the spring 2014 Grosse Pointe Audubon newsletter. We hope to see you at our April 14 meeting or at one of our spring bird walks.

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Monday, March 31, 2014

Rules for the 2014 Grosse Pointe Birding Challenge

Join us on Wednesday, May 7, for the ninth annual Grosse Pointe Birding Challenge. Teams from each of the five Grosse Pointes will be spreading out across their communities to count as many bird species as possible. The team that gets the most points at the end of the competition wins!

The rules are pretty simple:

1. The competition starts at 5 a.m.

2. The Ford House is off limits -- too easy.

3. We're on the honor system. Nevertheless, claims of extremely rare birds will likely be challenged by the other competitors. You may be asked to provide proof.

4. The bonus bird this year is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

5. Meet at Panera Bread in the Village in Grosse Pointe at noon sharp to tabulate. Each team will receive one point for every species it sees. The bonus bird is worth five points.

6. Be on time for the tabulation. One point will be deducted for each minute you are late.

7. All decisions of the Commissioner of the Grosse Pointe Birding Challenge are final and are not reviewable by a court of law or a congressional committee.

Non-Grosse Pointe residents are welcome. Contact Grosse Pointe Audubon president Bill Rapai for more information.

Good luck!

Spring Bird Walks

Grosse Pointe Audubon members are invited to spring bird walks at Patterson Park in Grosse Pointe Park and the Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms. Country Club of Detroit -- April 29, May 6, 13, 20 at 6:30 a.m. Meet on the service road that runs down the hill to the left of the clubhouse. All walks end at 8 a.m. Wear waterproof footwear -- knee-high if possible. Patterson Park -- May 13 at 6:30 p.m. Meet in the parking lot. Of all the lakefront parks in the Grosse Pointes, Patterson is best for birding. We will see terns, swallows and orioles, and we could see tanagers, hummingbirds and hard-to-find warblers.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Winter 2014 schedule

Here's the line up for our winter 2014 meetings.

Jan. 27 -- Madagascar — The Eighth Continent. Madagascar’s flora and fauna are so different from anywhere else on Earth that it is often referred to as the eighth continent. Join Rosann Kovalcik as she takes us on her photographic journey across this strange and wonderful island.

Feb. 24 -- The Michigan Natural Features Inventory — Biodiversity Information for Decision Makers. Brian Klatt, director of the MNFI, will be here to tell us how the organization’s mission of biodiversity monitoring, conservation research, and educational outreach helps decision makers conserve Michigan's natural heritage.

March 17 -- Restoring the Rouge River Watershed. Sally Petrella presents a brief history of the Rouge River, its past and current challenges and restoration efforts, and will tell us how Friends of the Rouge is working to promote restoration and stewardship and how people can get involved.

Look for the winter newsletter soon!