November 30, 2009

Bird Expert to Speak at Binder Park Zoo

Battle Creek, MI November 25, 2009 – Binder Park Zoo and Brigham Audubon are welcoming special guest speaker Eldon Griej, on Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. for a presentation titled "Those Amazing Birds: A Look at Some Intriguing Behaviors." This is the third lecture of Binder Park Zoo and the Brigham Audubon Chapter of Michigan Audubon Fall Speaker Series.

Eldon was born and raised in North Dakota, attending college at Valley City State. He earned an M.S. from North Dakota State University and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1969. Griej taught at Hope College for 26 years, leaving in 1988 to launch Birder's World magazine. He sold the magazine in 1995, edited it through 1998, and served as a consultant through 1999. He continues to write a column for the magazine entitled, "Those Amazing Birds." Since leaving the magazine, Eldon has functioned as a free-lance writer, and has led birding tours on the Peruvian Amazon as well as in Kenya and Tanzania. He frequently gives programs on birds and birding to various groups and participates in numerous birding festivals.

A short Brigham Audubon business meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm, with the lecture beginning immediately afterwards at 7:15 pm. The lecture will take place in the Cross Administration Building (Zoo Office). The event is free to the public. For more information, please contact Binder Park Zoo: 269-979-1351.

November 10, 2009

Central Region chapter leaders to meet November 14

Representatives of Brigham Audubon will be attending a special session held by Michigan Audubon on Saturday, November 14, at the Dahlem Center in Jackson. The meeting will include updates from each Central Region chapter of Michigan Audubon, as well as presentations on topics pertaining to chapter activities.

For more information, contact Michigan Audubon at 517-886-9144.

July 1, 2009

Paddling excusion planned

Michigan Audubon will lead a canoe/kayak float on Barry County's Fish Lake, July 11th. Participants should meet at the Fish Lake Public Access on Guernsey Lake Road at 7:45 am. The paddle distance is approximately 2 miles. We expect to see herons and various waterfowl species, along with Osprey, Marsh Wren, Common Yellowthroat, as well as many species of turtles, frogs, snakes, and mammals. Paddlers need to provide your own canoe or kayak and associated gear. Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are mandatory. Registration is required and costs $15/members, $25/non-members. Contact Wendy Tatar at or 517-886-9144. The trip is limited to 10 vessels. See you on the water!

May 18, 2009

Cerulean Warbler Weekend, June 5 - 7 in Hastings

Join Michigan Audubon for a weekend of fun and learning about North America's fastest-declining song bird. The weekend will include workshops, hikes through Cerulean Warbler habitat, a pancake breakfast, a "birding by kayak" class, and a "birds and brew" banquet at the Walldorff Brew Pub & Bistro in downtown Hastings, MI.