LEELANAU BIRDFEST - 2022

Brian Allen at Otter Creek

Golden Winged View

Plover View

Join us for three days of great birding in one of Michigan’s top locations, Leelanau Peninsula.

Leelanau Birdfest 2022 runs Thursday, June 2nd - Sunday, June 5th

Choose from 10 different field trips on both Friday and Saturday. Each field trip will produce late Neotropical migrants and popular nesting species such as warblers, tanagers, buntings, orioles and others. Special trips to see Kirtland’s Warbler, Piping Plover, Trumpeter Swan and declining species like Bobolink and Dickcissel.

Look over the field trips listed below, then click on the red "Register Here" button above to link to our secure registration site. Registration is $45. All field trips and events, except for the bus trips and the Saturday evening banquet, are included in the registration fee.

Registration closes at Noon on May 30, 2022.

Festival headquarters are at Saving Birds’ Habitat Discovery Center, 5020 N. Putnam Rd., Omena, Michigan.

2022 Leelanau BirdFest Field Trips and Activities

Orchard Oriole Arcadia Grassland

Field Trips

Kirtland’s Warbler: Golden Winged Warbler and more Neotropical breeding species. All day bus trip includes lunch. Leader: Keith Kintigh. $55

Arcadia grassland and wetland: Bobolink, Dickcissel, Orchard Oriole, Trumpeter Swan. All day bus trip includes lunch. Leader: Brian Allen. $55

Piping Plover, Prairie Warbler and other breeding species: Four hours. Leader: Dave Dister.

45 North Wine and Birds: Breeding Neotropical songbirds, late migrants & wine tasting. Three hours. Leader: Greg Butcher.

Lighthouse West: Scarlett Tanager, Indigo Bunting and several warbler species. Three hours. Leaders: Berkeley Gossett Friday and Keith Kintigh Saturday.

Kehl Lake: Common Loon, numerous warbler and flycatcher species. Three hours. Leaders: Berkeley Gossett Friday and Keith Kintigh Saturday.

Native Plants Yard and Birds attracted to the yard: Three hours. Leader: Mike Berst.

Otter Creek: The mix of habitats at Otter Creek offers a wide variety of nesting Neotropical species and possible late migrants. Leader: Matt Winkler.

Veronica Valley: Possible Black Billed Cuckoo and other Neotropical nesting species. Leader: Greg Butcher.

Suttons Bay Hotspots: Sewage treatment ponds: Late migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. Neotropical songbirds in nearby trees and shrubs. Marina wetland: Easy to see Neotropical breeding songbirds. Leader: Brian Allen.

South County Gems: DeYoung Natural Area: Breeding Neotropical songbirds, Belted Kingfisher. Fulton Park: Wood Ducks, breeding Neotropical songbirds. Leader: Greg Nobles.

Activities

All activities take place at the Saving Birds Thru Habitat Discovery Center, 5020 N. Putnam Rd., Omena, Michigan

Prairie WarblerThursday 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Friday 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM: Registration Packet pick-up. Packets include directions to each starting location, banquet tickets if purchased, identification badges and much more. Note: If you are unable to pick up your packet on Thursday afternoon/evening or on Friday morning, please call 231-271-3738 to see if it is possible for your packet to be delivered to your first hike location.

Friday 7:00 PM: Presentation by Keith Kintigh: “Kirtland’s Warbler.” Registration is suggested.

Saturday 5:30 PM: Buffet Banquet with Joe Wilson and the Hot Biscuits Band.  Registration is required. $35

Saturday 7:30 PM: Presentation by Brian Allen: “The Birds of Peru".  Registration is suggested.

Sunday 9:00 AM: Coffee, pastries and presentation by Brian Zimmerman: “Life Beneath Our Feet.” Registration is suggested.

2022 Leelanau Birdfest Schedule of Events

Black-billed Cuckoo

Thursday June 2

3:00 PM - 8:00 PM   Registration Packet Pickup.  Packets include directions to each starting location, banquet tickets if purchased, identification badges and much more.

Friday June 3

7:00 AM - 10:00 AM   Registration Packet Pickup for those unable to pick up on Thursday.

8:00 AM   Kirtland’s Warbler/Golden Winged Warbler all day bus trip

8:00 AM   Lighthouse West

8:00 AM   Otter Creek

8:00 AM   Piper Plover/Prairie Warbler

8:00 AM   South County Gems: DeYoung Natural Area and Fulton Park

8:00 AM   Veronica Valley

1:00 PM   45 North Wine and Birds

1:00 PM   Berst Native Plant Yard and Birds

1:00 PM   Kehl Lake

1:00 PM   Suttons Bay Hot Spots: Harbor Wetland and Treatment Ponds

7:00 PM   Presentation by Keith Kintigh:  Kirtland’s Warbler

Saturday June 4

8:00 AM   Arcadia Grassland and Wetland all day bus trip

8:00 AM   Lighthouse West

8:00 AM   Otter Creek

8:00 AM   Piper Plover/Prairie Warbler

8:00 AM   South County Gems: DeYoung Natural Area and Fulton Park

8:00 AM   Veronica Valley

1:00 PM   45 North Wine and Birds

1:00 PM   Berst Native Plant Yard and Birds

1:00 PM   Kehl Lake

1:00 PM   Suttons Bay Hot Spots: Harbor Wetland and Treatment Ponds

5:30 PM   Buffet Banquet with music by Joe Wilson and the Hot Biscuits Band

7:30 PM   Presentation by Brian Allen: The Birds of Peru

Sunday June 5

9:00 AM   Coffee, pastries and Presentation by Brian Zimmerman: Life Beneath Our Feet

Resources

AREA CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE:

Leelanau County Chamber of Commerce
Traverse City Chamber of Commerce
Benzie Chamber of Commerce
Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce

 

AREA LODGING-Suttons Bay:

M-22 Inn
4290 S.W.  Bay Shore Drive
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
231-271-6694

Korner Kottage B & B
503 N. St. Joseph Street
Suttons Bay, Mi 49682
231-271-2711

AREA LODGING-Leland:

Whaleback Inn
1757 N Manitou Trail
Leland, MI 49654

AREA LODGING-Omena/Northport:

Sunset Lodge
12819 E. Tatch Road
Omena, MI 49674
231-631-2636

Sunrise Landing
6530 N. West Bay Shore Drive
Northport, MI 49670
231-386-5010

Northport Inn
109 E. Nagonaba Street
Northport, MI 49670
231-386-1600

Sponsors

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