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Saving Birds 2015 Calendar of Events


For all events please meet at the Habitat Discovery Center, 5020 North Putnam Road unless otherwise noted.
For additional information/directions, call 231-271-3738. Loaner binoculars are available.

May 2016

May 4 and 5: Best Selling Author Richard Louv at Green Elk Rapids
Our partner, Green Elk Rapids, is hosting two programs with journalist and author Richard Louv. The first will be in Elk Rapids on Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. at Peterman Auditorium, and the second will be on Thursday May 5, 6:30 p.m., in Traverse City at the Hagerty Center.

Louv is the author of eight books about the connections between family, nature and community. His landmark book, Last Child in the Woods; Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, has been translated into l5 languages and published in 17 countries and has stimulated an international conversation about the relationships between children and nature. His book The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age offers a new vision of the future in which our lives are as immersed in nature as they are in technology. Serving as companion handbook to the two prior books, Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life will be published in April 2016. Details & Tickets: www.greenelkrapids.org

May 6: Annual Ronald Brown Academy Field Trip to Magee Marsh
This is our third year to partner with RBA; this year we will be taking the fourth, fifth and sixth graders. Sixth graders will be “graduating” out of our program as they move on to middle school. Each will receive a certificate of completion (each has been through 9 field trips and 20-30 classroom sessions) and a modest gift.

May 15, 9 AM - 3 PM: Michigan Audubon's All-Day Workshop
At the Lansing Community College Downtown Campus.

Join Saving Birds Thru Habitat’s Kay Charter for Michigan Audubon’s all-day workshop focused on the critical relationship between birds and native plants. In this workshop, participants will learn why birds need native plants, which native plants are “powerhouses” for birds, and how you can turn your backyard into a natural bird feeder.

This workshop will feature an indoor educational session in the morning followed by an outdoor field trip in the afternoon to visit good examples of bird-friendly landscaping. This workshop includes a trip to Wildtype in Mason, where owner Bill Schneider will tour us around this unique native plant nursery and participants will have the opportunity to shop and explore during one of the few days this great resource is open to the public. Participants will take home a resource bag packed with helpful tips and a native shrub to kick start a backyard habitat transformation. Lunch is provided. Please dress appropriately for the outdoors as this event will take place rain or shine. Binoculars are highly encouraged!

May 19-21: Tawas Point Birding Festival
Thursday, May 19, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Backyard Bird Habitat: an all-day Workshop at Tawas Point Birding Festival Join Saving Birds Thru Habitat’s Kay Charter for an all-day workshop focused on the critical relationship between birds and native plants. In this workshop, attendees will learn why birds need native plants, which native plants are “powerhouses” for birds, and how you can turn your backyard into a natural bird feeder. This workshop will feature an indoor educational session in the morning followed by an outdoor field trip in the afternoon to visit good examples of bird-friendly yards. Participants will take home a resource bag packed with helpful tips and a packet of Michigan native wildflower seed to kickstart your backyard habitat. Lunch is provided. Please dress appropriately for the outdoors as this event will take place rain or shine. Binoculars are highly encouraged! The indoor part of the workshop will be held in the conference room at the Bay Inn in Tawas City (not the event headquarters). FEE: $25

Friday, May 20, 2:45 – 3:45 PM – Tawas Point Birding Festival: Grow a Bird Feeder – Kay Charter

Saturday, May 21, 2:45 – 3:45 PM – Tawas Point Birding Festival: Grow a Bird Feeder – Kay Charter

May 27 at 4 PM: ShareCare Fundraiser
Joint fundraiser with ShareCare at Saving Birds Thru Habitat, 5020 N. Putnam Road. Short habitat program by Executive Director Kay Charter followed by a guided walk through our new Brian Zimmerman-designed gardens with Kay. Refreshments. Requested donation: $35.00

May 28, 9 AM: Bird and Habitat Hike on Charter Sanctuary with Kay Charter
Meet at the Discovery Center (5020 N. Putnam) at 9AM.


June 2016

June 8, 9 AM: Wild About Woodpeckers at SBTH
Habitat Discovery Center (5020 N. Putnam) at 9AM. Ants ruining your picnic? Invite a Northern Flicker as honored and working guest. Are woodpeckers architects or excavators, philanthropists or clowns? They are all of the above! Amazing birds, woodpeckers are well adapted for their avian lifestyle. Learn about savvy sapsuckers, regal redheads and others of their kin with Leelanau Conservancy Docent, Bobbie Poor, and Kay Charter, Executive Director of Saving Birds Thru Habitat. A gentle morning walk on the SBTH birding path will follow the program.

June 11, 9 AM: Bird and Habitat Hike on Charter Sanctuary with Kay Charter
Meet at the Discovery Center (5020 N. Putnam) at 9AM.

June 18, 9 AM: Bird and Habitat Hike on Charter Sanctuary with Kay Charter
Meet at the Discovery Center (5020 N. Putnam) at 9AM.

June 25: All Day Conservation Workshop at Saving Birds
$50.00 each includes lunch:

8 AM: Photography workshop with nature photographer Sheen Watkins.

9:30 AM: Ornithologist Dave Ewert: The Importance of Stopover Sites. Dr. Ewert is retiring Senior Scientist for The Nature Conservancy

11 AM: Greg Butcher: The Problems for Monarchs. Dr. Butcher is International Migratory Species Coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service.

12:30-1 PM: Lunch Break

1:15-2:30 PM: Select one:
How to Begin Your Native Plants Garden with Landscape Designer Brian Zimmerman
Birding with Brian Allen
Native Plants Gardens with Mike Berst
Charter Prairies with prairie expert Russell Kirt.
Dragonflies, Damselflies, Birds and Their Habitats with David Dister.

2:45-4 PM: Select one:
How to Begin Your Native Plants Garden with Landscape Designer Brian Zimmerman
Birding with Brian Allen
Native Plants Gardens with Mike Berst
Charter Prairies with prairie expert Russell Kirt.
Dragonflies, Damselflies, Birds and Their Habitats with David Dister.

CALL SAVING BIRDS THRU HABITAT 231-271-3738 TO REGISTER.


August 2016

August 20, 5 PM: Doug Tallamy Returns to Saving Birds:
Fund Raiser with New York Times best selling author Doug Tallamy at Saving Birds. Hearty hors d’oeuvres will be served. Time to chat with Doug, author of Bringing Nature Home. He will speak to us about why the work of Saving Birds is crucial to the future of our bird populations.

He will be available to sign copies of his both of his books. Silent auction during the event


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