Monthly Meeting Time & Location

CAAS meets the first Thursday of the month, September through June, at Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing (corner of Mt. Hope Ave. and Aurelius Rd.)

Refreshments at 7:00 p.m. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. with announcements and bird sightings and then the program.


The following is the 2016-2017 schedule. The 2017-2018 schedule will be posted when available.


September 1 – Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge – the Gem in your Backyard

Learn more about the only international wildlife refuge in North America, which straddles our Michigan/Ontario border.
Presenter: Jennie Braatz, U.S. Fish & Wildlife park ranger

September 3, 10, 17, 24 (Saturday mornings) – Fall Migration Bird Walks

See what’s new each week at Fenner and get some help with those confusing fall warblers from experienced birder Bob Kingsbury.
9:00 a.m. Fenner Nature Center

October 6 – Why Are There So Many Species in the Tropics?

The richness and diversity of the world’s tropics as compared to its temperate regions is well documented, but why is this so? Current research provides some clues.
Presenter: Gary Mittelbach, Dept. of Integrative Biology and the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, MSU

November 3 – Cuba: The Land, the People, the Birds

Learn more about the people of Cuba – how they live, their government, their history – as well as bird species encountered on the island in late winter.
Presenter: Jim Hewitt, CAAS Chapter Historian

November 13 – Field Trip Allegan State Game Area/Lake Michigan

Rick Brigham will once again be leading the fall field trip in Allegan county. Meet at Douglas Beach at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 13 to spend some time along the Lake Michigan shore watching for late shorebirds, ducks, scoters, loons, grebes, gulls, and more.

Birders will next visit Allegan State Game Area and other nearby locations to seek out more shorebirds, ducks, geese, hawks, eagles, and other inland birds.

Bring binoculars of course and a scope, if you have one. Remember that it can be much colder along the lake than inland, so bundle up.

Sightings can be varied and unpredictable. Three years ago, the trip highlight was a very unexpected Sabine’s gull. With climate change ongoing and rare sightings occurring with increased frequency, rare birds here are not impossible. Rick lives in Allegan county so he will have the latest information on any hotspots and potentially productive areas.

As always there will be a stop for lunch at the ever popular Crane’s Orchard Pie Pantry in Fennville, in itself worth the trip.

Directions to Douglas Beach: take I-196 to Saugatuck/Douglas exit 41. Go right on the Blue Star Highway for about 3 miles to the stoplight at Center Street in Douglas. Turn right on Center Street and go about one mile until the road ends. Turn right for about 100 yards to the small parking lot on the left for Douglas Beach.

In normal traffic, the drive from Lansing to Douglas Beach takes a little over an hour and a half, so plan accordingly to arrive there by 8:00 a.m.

December 1 – Highlights from a Photographic Big Year

Follow this birder’s photo-documenting quest for as many bird species as possible in a single calendar year – from the Florida Keys to the coast of Alaska – while raising money for Hawaiian Bird Conservation.
Presenter: David Pavlik, local birder and environmental biologist

December 17 – East Lansing Christmas Bird Count
Keep it going! Get out and enjoy some winter birding by participating in National Audubon’s annual Christmas bird count.

Volunteers needed!

Coordinator: Tom Wheeker. Contact

December 28? (check website to confirm) Eaton Rapids Christmas Bird Count

Annual Audubon bird count in Eaton Rapids area.
Volunteers needed!

Coordinator: Tom Wheeker. Contact

January 5 – Little Things I Learned While Photographing Birds

Learn about bird behavior and photographic techniques while enjoying stunning images of many bird species.
Presenter: Fai Chan, professional photographer

February 2 – eBird and How To Use It

New to eBird? Want to learn more about it? One of Michigan’s top birding experts is here to help.
Presenter: Caleb Putnam, National Audubon’s Important Bird Area coordinator for Michigan

March 2 – Birding Spots You’ve Never Heard Of

An ambitious quest to see 100 birds in each of the 50 states has led to discovery of some incredible, underbirded areas. Learn about those and much more.
Presenter: Kirby Adams, avid birder, amateur ecologist, freelance writer, and past editor of Michigan Birds and Natural History

April 6 – China Adventures

Hear about The Nature Conservancy’s wetland restoration efforts in China, plus a birding excursion to its remote Gaolingongshan Mountains region.
Presenters: Chris May, The Nature Conservancy (Michigan) Director of Restoration, and Jen Owen, MSU associate professor, Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife and Director of Burke Lake Banding Station

April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (Saturday mornings) – Spring Migration Bird Walks.

Enjoy spotting the latest spring arrivals with fellow birders!
9:00 a.m. Fenner Nature Center

May 4 – Osprey Recovery Efforts in Michigan

Learn about osprey recovery efforts here in Michigan’s southern lower peninsula, the history, and current status.
Presenter: Barb Jensen, Michigan Osprey Program Coordinator

May 6, 13, 20 (Saturday mornings) Spring Migration Bird Walks

Enjoy this peak warbler time at Fenner with fellow birders.
8:00 a.m. Fenner Nature Center

May 13 – North American Migration Count

June 1Year-end ice cream social & members’ photos.

Additional field trips may be added throughout the year. Watch your newsletter or check this website for updates.

To view the 2016-17 program brochure click on this link