Whitefish Point provides a phenomenal concentration spot for migrant birds. Here, land and water features create a natural migration corridor. Tens of thousands of birds are funneled to the Point every Spring and Fall while migrating through the Great Lakes region. For over 30 years, Whitefish Point Bird Observatory has been monitoring and documenting these annual migrations. Our mission is to document the distribution and abundance of birds in the Great Lakes Region, with special emphasis on migration.

Spring Fling 2014

Spring Fling 2014

This April 25-27 marks the 26th annual WPBO Spring Fling, when members and their guests “migrate” to Paradise, Michigan and the Whitefish Point area to visit with old friends, both human and avian. Many activities have been planned for another refreshing weekend of birding experiences. 

Our banquet speaker this year is Kevin Karlson, well-known bird photographer and author.  Kevin's topic will be Birds on the Wind: The Miracle of Migration.

Field Trip Report: Winter Birding around the Soo II

Field Trip Report: Winter Birding around the Soo II

There's no way to sugar-coat it: the birding was slow.  Very good cone and fruit crops in Canada this past summer have many of the species that would have moved south for the winter still on their breeding grounds.  And the very cold and snowy winter has pushed many of the hawks and owls even further south, to the lower peninsula of Michigan and beyond.

Save the Dates: Spring Fling 2014

Save the Dates: Spring Fling 2014

If you look outside right now you may think that spring will never come (all that snow!). But spring, and WPBO's Spring Fling, are right around the corner.  This year's Fling will be held April 25th to 27th.  As usual there will be guided walks, field trips, workshops, and a banquet.  And birds, birds, birds.

Field Trip Report: Winter Birding around the Soo I

Field Trip Report:  Winter Birding around the Soo I

This trip revolved around three central themes: birds, weather, and timing.  We were fortunate that our trip was during a warm-up of temperatures into the mid-30s and cooperated for us quite nicely despite the forecast of snow/rain for most of the weekend.  Unfortunately, specialty winter birds were in way below average numbers.  Our trip began early in the morning where we awoke to around 5 inches of snow, much greater than the predicted 2 inches overnight.  However, that didn’t stop us from making our first stop at the Edison Power plant. 

2014 Field Trip Series

2014 Field Trip Series

OK, it took a bit longer than usual, but our 2014 field trip series is ready to go!  All of the favorites are back, including our winter Sault Ste. Marie trips (still a few spots left) and our always popular Breeding Birds trip. Our Botany, Bugs, and Beasts tour is being offered for the second time and we have split our Fall Migration tour into an early and a late season version.  Check out all the tours here.

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