Spring birding tours at Michigan’s Wetland Wonders

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Celebrate spring and explore Michigan’s Wetland Wonders with a birding tour that may include diving and dabbling ducks in full breeding plumage, trumpeter and tundra swans, osprey, bald eagles, or sandhill cranes. The tours may even include a driving tour into refuge areas that are normally closed.  

Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists and technicians, Audubon Great Lakes staffers, volunteers from Ducks Unlimited, and local Audubon Clubs will lead the tours.

The Michigan’s Wetland Wonders include seven waterfowl hunting areas. Birding tours on March 30th begin at 8:30 am at the Maple River State Game Area as well as two tours starting at 9:00 am at Fennville Farm Unit of the Allegan State Game Area and Fish Point State Game Area.

Be an early bird on April 6th at 8:00 am at St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area or one of two tours taking place at 9:00 am at Muskegon County Wastewater System or the Shiawassee River State Game Area.

Two more tours are on April 13th at 9:00 am at Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area and Pointe Mouillee State Game Area.

Remember to dress for the weather and plan to wear boots as the ground may be muddy. Spotting scopes are helpful for long-range viewing while bringing binoculars is always recommended.

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