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Saving Birds Thru Habitat
Calendar of Events for 2014


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 2014

Saturday, May 17, 9 AM: Bird and Habitat Hike on Charter Sanctuary.
Join our Executive Director, Kay Charter, for a hike on Charter Sanctuary. We will check out which birds are passing through or getting ready to nest, and we will discuss various habitats. Learn how to improve the habitats on your property. Meet at the Bird House, 5020 N. Putnam Road, Omena, MI.

Friday, May 23 – Sunday, May 25: Beaver Island Birding Trail Dedication.
Check out activities and events for this great new birding trail at: www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org

Saturday, May 24 – Saturday, May 31: Native Plant Sale at Four Season Nursery.
7757 Harry’s Road, Traverse City, MI. Open Monday – Friday, 9 – 5 and Saturday 9 – 4. The nursery is closed on Sunday. Four Season Nursery has the best selection of genuine native flowers, grasses, trees and shrubs in northern Michigan. Their program, Plant Michigan. Plant Native. Is designed to encourage property owners to include native plantings in their landscapes.

Thursday, May 29 – Sunday, June 1: Leelanau Peninsula Birding Festival:
Join us for the Fourth Annual Leelanau Peninsula Birding Festival. Brand new this year: A full day open-house featuring Optics for birders and Digiscoping Instructions. There is no fee to attend this optics open house, at our very own Bird House. Compare a huge range of binoculars and scopes in the field, Saturday May 31, 9 AM-4 PM. Dick Cookman of Enerdyne and Clay Taylor, digi-scoping expert from Swarovski, will be available throughout the day to assist and answer questions. Taylor also conducts two digi-scoping workshops: morning and afternoon, registration requested. Go to: mibirdfest.com to check out other activities and field trips – and to register.


June 2014

Friday, June 6, 10 - 4: Native Plant Program & Sale at Leelanau Conservation District
Vern Stephens, owner of Designs by Nature, will be joined by a forester to present a program on native and invasive species at the District from 10AM – noon. Native plants produced by Designs by Nature will be on sale will be from 1 PM – 4 PM. 121 N. Joseph Street, Lake Leelanau, MI.

Saturday, June 14, 10 AM: Bird and Habitat Hike on Charter Sanctuary.
Join our Executive Director, Kay Charter, for a hike on Charter Sanctuary. We will check out which birds are still nesting on the Sanctuary. We will discuss various habitats, and you can learn how to improve the habitats on your property. Meet at the Bird House, 5020 N. Putnam Road, Omena, MI.

Saturday, June 28, 10 AM: Bird and Habitat Hike on Charter Sanctuary.
Join our Executive Director, Kay Charter, for a hike on Charter Sanctuary. We will check out which birds are still nesting on the Sanctuary. We will discuss various habitats, and you can learn how to improve the habitats on your property. Meet at the Bird House, 5020 N. Putnam Road, Omena MI.

Sunday, June 29, 2 PM: What Can We Do About Bee Decline?
We have all heard that bees are in decline, but few people know we have thousands of species of native bees – and they are declining, too. Fewer people know we can help our native bees by providing them with homes and food. Join us to learn how easy it is to build beeboxes and create habitat to help these very efficient pollinators. At the Bird House, 5020 N. Putnam Road, Omena, MI.


July 2014

Saturday, July 5, 9 AM: Bird and Habitat Hike on Charter Sanctuary.
Join our Executive Director, Kay Charter, for a hike on Charter Sanctuary. We will check out which birds are still hanging around on the Sanctuary. We will discuss various habitats, and you can learn how to improve the habitats on your property. Meet at the Bird House, 5020 N. Putnam Road, Omena MI.

Saturday, July 12, 9 AM: Bird and Habitat Hike on Charter Sanctuary.
Join our Executive Director, Kay Charter, for a hike on Charter Sanctuary. We will check out which birds are still hanging around on the Sanctuary. We will discuss various habitats, and you can learn how to improve the habitats on your property. Meet at the Bird House, 5020 N. Putnam Road, Omena MI.

Saturday, July 19, 9 AM: Bird and Habitat Hike on Charter Sanctuary.
Join our Executive Director, Kay Charter, for a hike on Charter Sanctuary. We will check out which birds are still hanging around on the Sanctuary. We will discuss various habitats, and you can learn how to improve the habitats on your property. Meet at the Bird House, 5020 N. Putnam Road, Omena MI.

Sunday, July 20, 2 PM: Perennial Harvest.
Would you like to create a garden that is more closely aligned with our local ecosystems and does not generally require watering or weeding? Perennial Harvest founder Stuart Campbell will show you how to design a landscape that combines edible and medicinal native plants. Perennial Harvest also offers rain barrels, herb spirals and rain gardens. Join us to learn how you can transform your yard into an edible pantry while providing habitat for birds, butterflies and other creatures. At the Bird House, 5020 N. Putnam Road, Omena, MI

Saturday, July 26, 11 AM – 5 PM: ISEA Classic Boat Show.
At the dock in Suttons Bay.


August 2014

Saturday, Aug. 9, 9 AM: Bird and Habitat Hike on Charter Sanctuary.
Join our Executive Director, Kay Charter, for a hike on Charter Sanctuary. We will check out which birds are still hanging around on the Sanctuary. We will discuss various habitats, and you can learn how to improve the habitats on your property. Meet at the Bird House, 5020 N. Putnam Road, Omena MI.

Saturday, Aug 16, 9 AM: Bird and Habitat Hike on Charter Sanctuary.
Join our Executive Director, Kay Charter, for a hike on Charter Sanctuary. We will check out which birds are still hanging around on the Sanctuary. We will discuss various habitats, and you can learn how to improve the habitats on your property. Meet at the Bird House, 5020 N. Putnam Road, Omena MI.

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2 PM: Prairie Pantry: What is on the menu in the grasslands?
Join Kay Charter and Bobbie Poor for a gourmet tour, featuring Nature's green grocers, local"foodies" and clean-up crew. A short prairie garden walk will follow this indoor program at the Bird House, 5020 N. Putnam Road, Omena, MI.

Saturday, Aug. 30, 9 AM: Bird and Habitat Hike on Charter Sanctuary.
Join our Executive Director, Kay Charter, for a hike on Charter Sanctuary. We will check out which birds are still hanging around on the Sanctuary. We will discuss various habitats, and you can learn how to improve the habitats on your property. Meet at the Bird House, 5020 N. Putnam Road, Omena MI.


September 2014

Saturday, Sept. 6, 9 AM: Bird and Habitat Hike on Charter Sanctuary.
Join our Executive Director, Kay Charter, for a hike on Charter Sanctuary. We will check out which birds are still hanging around on the Sanctuary. We will discuss various habitats, and you can learn how to improve the habitats on your property. Meet at the Bird House, 5020 N. Putnam Road, Omena MI.

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