Thursday, March 11, 2010

Spring at last!

Significantly warmer weather has ushered the first migrating birds into Grosse Pointe over the past week. Red-winged Blackbirds are already staking out territories along the Lake St. Clair shoreline, Common Grackles are dominating the feeders, Killdeer plovers are crying their names and Song Sparrows are singing happily. It's not too early to be thinking about butterflies, either. The first hibernating butterflies -- Mourning Cloak and Eastern Commas -- should be emerging in this warmer weather. It's also time to monitor the migration of the Monarch Butterflies from their winter home in Mexico. For more information see: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/index.htm .

Grosse Pointe Audubon will be holding is monthly meeting on Monday, March 15. The speaker that night will be Mike Fitzpatrick, who will present, "A Closer Look At Whitefish Point."

Finally, the date for the 2010 Grosse Pointe Birding Challenge has been set. We've had to juggle a little to accommodate everybody, but join us on Saturday, May 22, for this fun day of competitive birding. More information and rules will follow in the spring newsletter.

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