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Petoskey Regional Audubon Society Hosts Early Morning Bird Walks on Tuesdays and Thursdays and After Work Walks during the Month of May.
The Petoskey Regional Audubon Society (PRAS) invites the public each Tuesday and Thursday in May for free early morning bird walks, and also on Wednesday evenings in May to share the wonders of spring migration throughout the month. Each week should offer a different selection of species as new migrants arrive. These leisurely walks are appropriate for all levels of birding experience, and no reservations are required.
The Tuesday walks begin at 9 am at Pond Hill Farm near Harbor Springs and will be led by John & Joanne Biddick and John Shreves. Pond Hill Farm is located approx. five miles northwest of Harbor Springs on M-119. Continue on M-119 for 1/4 mile past the Pond Hill Farm entrance, and park in the berry field. Easy walking on flat farm lanes. Contact Tracy Datlen at [email protected] for more info.
The Wednesday Evening Walks take place at the Lawson’s property near Charlevoix at 9502 Burgess Rd., and are led by PRAS President, Darrell Lawson. They begin at 5:30 with a friendly potluck and then a stroll around the property. The land can be swampy during this time of the year, so waterproof footwear is highly recommended. For more info contact Darrell at [email protected] or 231-330-4572.
The Thursday walks will be at 7:30 am at Spring Lake Park, led by Cynthia Donahey, Kenyon Stebbins and John Shreves.
Spring Lake Park is located near the M-31 / M-119 intersection north of Petoskey. Meet at the gazebo, and we’ll walk the flat trails, boardwalk, and paved rail trail along Mud Lake to Round Lake. For more info call Cynthia at 526-7157.
The walks last about 2 hours, and participants are free to come and go as their schedules allow. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them, dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy.
Loaner binoculars will be available, so feel free to bring along a “first-timer” to share the wonders of spring migration. Bird checklists of Emmet County will also be provided. No smoking or pets on any PRAS field trip.