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Our major objectives are promoting an appreciation for and a better understanding of the plants and animals of northern Michigan, preserving our natural environment, and preventing any activities that may pose a threat to our natural ecology.
To meet our mission we offer educational programs and seasonal field trips
and provide members with the Meadowlark newsletter.
The Benzie Audubon Club is a tax-exempt charitable organization and a chapter of the Michigan Audubon Society. All of our meetings and field trips are open to the public without charge. Meetings are usually held the first Thursday of each odd month (January, March, etc.) at the Tribal Outpost at 7282 Hoadley Road in Benzonia (see map). Field trips are taken throughout the year.
Friday, May 15 (and May 22), 8:00 A.M. Warblers along the Coast
On these weekly hikes we will look for warbler hotspots during what should be the peak of their migration. On the 15th we will meet at Arcadia Beach on the west end of Lake Street in Arcadia, and Paula Dreeszen (275-7199) will lead the hike.
Saturday, May 16, Big Day Bird Count
Count all the bird species you can find, anywhere you’d like to look. At 1:00 p.m. we’ll gather at the home of Doug and Sally Cook (871-0503) for a brown-bag lunch and to tally the list and tell tall birding tales before heading out in the afternoon to find any missing species. The Cooks live on 155 Beech Street, which is west off M-22 north of Frankfort. Their house is the third house on the right.
Friday, May 22, 8:00 a.m. Warblers along the Coast
For the second of these weekly trips (see description for May 15 trip) we will meet at Otter Creek at the west end of Esch Road (a national park pass is required). John Ester (325-2445) will lead the hike.