Monday, March 28, 2016

Grosse Pointe Audubon Spring Schedule

Here's Grosse Pointe Audubon's schedule for Spring 2016

April 18 – The Bats of Michigan with Dr. Allen Kurta. Join’s Michigan’s bat man for a presentation on Michigan’s nine species of bats. Dr. Kurta will focus on the species that overwinter underground in mines and caves.  The presentation will conclude with an introduction to white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has killed millions of hibernating bats in eastern North America since 2006. Social hour at 7 p.m., meeting starts promptly at 7:30. In the annex behind Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church.

April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24 – Bird Walks at the Country Club of Detroit. 6:30-8 a.m. Meet at the stand of trees down the maintenance road to the left of the clubhouse.  Wear waterproof shoes.

May 6 – Grosse Pointe Birding Challenge. All are welcome. Scroll down for more information and rules.

May 17 – Bird walk at Patterson Park, Grosse Pointe Park. Meet in the parking lot at 6:30 p.m.

May 19 – Bird walk at Patterson Park, Grosse Pointe Park. Meet in the parking at 8 a.m.

Rules for the 2018 Grosse Pointe Birding Challenge

Join us on Monday, May 2, for the 13th 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 anytime after midnight.

2. You are not restricted to the city you live in, but there is only one team per community. Just let Challenge Commissioner Mark O'Keefe know which city you plan to bird in advance. If you decide to become the Shores team, you will be able to bird the Ford House.

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 Swainson's Thrush. Find it and get a bonus!

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!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Winter meeting schedule

Here's Grosse Pointe Audubon's Winter 2016 meeting schedule. Remember, we meet the fourth Monday of January and February to avoid conflicts with federal holidays.

Jan. 25: Lake Invaders: Invasive species and the fight for the future of the Great Lakes. Grosse Pointe Audubon's own Bill Rapai will do a program on invasive species--who they are, how they got here, the damage they are doing, and what we can do about them.

Feb. 22: A Macomb County Big Year.  In 2014, no fewer than TEN Macomb County birders checked off more than 200 species in their home county. Local legend Tom Heatley became the first (and only!) member of the 300 club, and the county big year record was shattered by two birders.  From Blue Grosbeaks to jaegers and other crazy surprises, join Tom Hince on the obsessive quest to break the county big year record.

March 21: To be announced. 

All meetings will be held in the annex behind Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17570 Maumee, Grosse Pointe. Social Hour starts at 7 p.m. and the meeting starts promptly at 7:30. All meetings are free and open to the public.