Michigan -(Ammoland.com)- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds wildlife watchers that spring birding tours – coming up Saturday, May 2 and 9 – are a fun way to celebrate the warmer weather and explore the state’s Wetland Wonders.
Birding tour highlights may include diving and dabbling ducks in full breeding plumage, trumpeter and tundra swans, osprey, bald eagles, sandhill cranes and many more. The tours will be led by DNR wildlife biologists and technicians and will include a sneak-peek driving tour into refuge areas that normally are closed.
Michigan’s Wetland Wonders are the seven premier managed waterfowl areas in southern Michigan: Fennville Farm Unit at the Allegan State Game Area, Fish Point State Wildlife Area, St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area on Harsens Island, Muskegon County Wastewater Facility, Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area, Pointe Mouillee State Game Area and Shiawassee River State Game Area.
Spring birding tours are set for the following dates, times and locations:
May 2, 9 a.m. – Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area
1570 Tower Beach Road, Pinconning; 989-697-5101
May 2, 9 a.m. – Fennville Farm Unit of the Allegan State Game Area
6013 118th Ave., Fennville; 269-673-2430
May 2, 10 a.m. – Muskegon County Wastewater Facility
7600 E. Messinger Road, Twin Lake; 231-788-5055
May 9, 9 a.m. – Shiawassee River State Game Area
225 East Spruce St., St. Charles; 989-865-6211
For questions about any of the tours, please call the specific Wetland Wonder location as listed above.
All tours will meet at the area’s headquarters building. Please dress for the weather (including boots, since the ground may be quite muddy and wet) and bring binoculars. Spotting scopes also are helpful for long-range viewing.
These birding tours are part of the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy, a 10-year, cooperative partnership to restore, conserve and celebrate Michigan’s waterfowl, wetland and waterfowl hunting community. The initiative is a “call to action” to honor yesterday, engage today and build for tomorrow.
Learn more about Michigan’s Wetland Wonders at www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders.