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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.
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Saturday, April 15, 8:00 a.m. Spring Arcadia Birding
This trip is a perennial favorite to see waterfowl and returning spring migrants. We will meet at Arcadia Beach at the west end of Lake Street in Arcadia, and John Ester (231-325-2445) and Tim Granger (231-723-9822) will lead the trip as we car pool to hot spots in the area.
Tuesday, May 2, 10:00 a.m. Wildflowers at Pete's Woods
This is the first of two weekly trips to Pete's Woods, a place known for its incredible display of spring ephemeral wildflowers. We will meet at the Swamp Road Parking lot south of Joyfield Road, and Arcadia Dunes Preserve Steward Paula Dreeszen (231-275-7199) will be our leader. The hike will cover about 1.5 miles and will conclude around noon.