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Birding in Michigan - updated August 2012

United States of America -- Michigan
Discover the top birding locations in Michigan. Find out more about Michigan Bird Clubs and Birding Organizations in Michigan. Print out a checklist of Michigan birds. Find the Rare Bird Alert Phone Numbers for Michigan. Order books to help you become a better birder in Michigan. Discover links to Michigan Birding web sites. Print out special maps of Michigan before you begin your trip.

 

Birder's Guide to Michigan

Sibley Guide to Eastern Birds

Birds of Michigan

Birds of Michigan
DVD

Birder's Guide to
Michigan

Sibley
 Eastern Birds

Birds of
Michigan

Birds of Special Interest: Kirtland's Warbler

State Bird: American Robin

State Checklists:
Michigan Audubon
NPWRC Bird Checklists - Michigan

Species Seen in Michigan: 442

State Ornithological Society:
Michigan Birds Record Committee

Michigan Listers / Rare Birds:
Transcripts

Maps:
Map of Important MI Bird Areas
Michigan Maps

Retail Birding Stores

 

Birding Links for Michigan:
Saginaw Bay Birding
Rouge River Bird Observatory
Kirtland's Warbler Page
Southeast Michigan Birding
University of Michigan - Zoology - Bird Division
Point Pelee National Park (A short drive from Michigan)
Michigan Birding
Michigan Hot Spots
Upper Peninsula
US Fish & Wildlife Service Refuges - Michigan 
Birding Festivals in Michigan

Michigan Organizations:
Michigan Audubon Society
Detroit Audubon Society
The Nature Conservancy - Michigan

Pete Thayer's Favorite Hot Spots:
Lake Erie Metropark
42.07 N   83.19 W
This is a wonderful spot for raptors in the fall. They come around the western end of Lake Erie and fly right over your head! The Point Mouillee State Game Area is just south of here. The wetlands and marshes are good for rails, gulls, wading birds and shorebirds, especially during migration.

Mio / Grayling
44.40 N   84.08 W
This is where you must go if you want to see the Kirtland's Warbler. Visit from mid-May to late June. This rare warbler nests only in young Jack Pines.

Sault St. Marie
46.48 N   84.30 W
A winter visit should add some new birds to your life list!  Great Gray Owls, Snowy Owls, Sharp-tailed Grouse and Snow Buntings can be found by driving through the open country south of town. A Gyrfalcon is regularly seen on the electric power plant roof near the canal locks. Watch for Bohemian Waxwings in residential areas.

Whitefish Point
46.46 N   84.58 W
April is the time to look for winter specialties and early spring migrants. Loons, Winter Wrens, Evening Grosbeaks, Gray Jays and much more. Stay in Paradise -- with 30 foot snow piles along main street.

 

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