Experience Michigan birds at events, trails


This spring, enjoy Michigan’s diverse bird population in a number of habitats or at birding events.

There are six birding, or bird-watching, trails in Michigan already, including trails on Beaver Island on Lake Michigan and along its coastline at the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, more birding trails in the state are planned. The existing trails are open to the public.

View the list of birding trails here.

“There is no better place to begin birding than Michigan, and there are opportunities to observe birds anywhere you may be in the state,” said Holly Vaughn, DNR wildlife communications coordinator.

Caleb Putnam, Michigan bird conservation coordinator for Audubon Great Lakes and the DNR, said that birding events draw attention to the value of Michigan birds and their habitats, as well as help grow the economies of the areas the events are taking place in.

“As birders from across the country converge on Michigan’s diverse habitats, the energy continues to grow for conservation in Michigan,” he said.

Below is the spring birding event calendar: 


  • Mackinaw Raptor Fest in Mackinaw City, April 7-9
  • Spring Fling at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory in Paradise, April 29-30
  • Thornapple Woodpecker Festival in Middleville, April 29
  • Brockway Mountain Hawk Watch in Copper Harbor, now through June 15


  • Keweenaw Migratory Bird Festival in Copper Harbor, May 20
  • Ziibiwing Annual Bird Celebration in Mt. Pleasant, May 13
  • Tawas Point Birding Festival in East Tawas, May 18-20
  • Warblers on the Water on Beaver Island, May 27-28
  • Kirtland's Warbler Tours at Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling, May 14 through July 4 


  • Kirtland's Warbler Festival in Roscommon, June 2-3
  • Cerulean Warbler Weekend in Hastings, June 10-11
  • Keweenaw Migratory Bird Festival in Copper Harbor, June 3, 10 and 11


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