Monthly Meeting Time & Location

CAAS meets the first Thursday of the month

Meetings will be held online via Zoom this fall. The first two months will be a bit of a trial, and if we have enough interest and people attending, we will continue after the first few months, but if they are poorly attended we will likely not hold any additional virtual meetings until we can meet in person.

Social time will take place from 7-7:30 pm followed by brief announcements and our speaker at 7:30 pm. If you would like to try Zoom before the meeting, please email Kristy at to arrange a brief trial.

Because of the increased difficulty of compiling and publishing a program guide due to the Covid-19 pandemic a program guide has not yet been published for the 2020 – 2021 program year. However we will try to publish information about the program for the upcoming month on this website. If a program guide becomes available it will be published here.


September 3 Birds of Asia

Dr. Pamela Rasmussen will share her vast knowledge and past work with Asian birds. Rasmussen, the lead author of Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide, is an assistant professor at MSU and assistant curator at the MSU Museum. She is also the coordinator of MSU’s global bird sounds website AVoCet.

Programs and field trips for the rest of the 2020-2021 year will be announced when they become available.

Fall Bird Walks at Fenner

Please join fellow CAAS members for our fall migration bird walks at Fenner Nature Center.  Birders will meet at the parking lot at 9:00 am and disperse in groups of 10 for a walk around the property. Please wear a mask, and please observe social distancing practices.

Walks will be lead by Bob Kingsbury.

Do not attend the walks if you feel sick, are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in personal contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

October  1 – Detroit Hives

This month, hear from Timothy Paule with Detroit Hives! Detroit Hives turns vacant lots in Detroit into homes for honeybees and native bee species!

November 5 Birding Belize

This month, join Keith Dickey for a program on birding in the Central American country of Belize. With over 600 species, Belize boasts some saught-after birds such as Keel-billed Toucan, Jabiru, Agami Heron, and Black-headed Trogon, mammals such as Jaguar and Mayan ruins!

December 3 – Cavity Nesting and Secretive Marsh Species at Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center

This month, join Hannah Landwerlen, MSU Fisheries and Wildlife Senior for a discussion about cavity nesting bird research and long-term data set monitoring secretive marsh birds.

Landwerlen has experience working with Western Bluebirds, Kirtland Warbler conservation, West Nile Virus in American Robins and as head bander at the Michigan State Bird Observatory

December 19th Christmas Bird Count

The East Lansing Christmas Bird Count will take place on December 19th for returning participants only and with social distancing guidelines in place.

The Eaton Rapids Count will be cancelled this year.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this year’s Christmas bird count will take place with full adherence to social distancing guidelines and with a Zoom compilation meeting following the count.

To ensure the safety of participants and compliance with local and state guidelines, participants in the count are asked to wear masks while in public, maintain social distancing and only carpool with members of your own household. This year we will encourage participants to make counts and report them to their area leaders. New count participants are encouraged to wait until next year to join us for this fun annual event.

Area leaders are encouraged to reach out to Barb Hosler at for the electronic compilation forms and additional information. Participants should reach out to their area leaders for more information about the count in their area.

The Zoom meeting will take place at 7pm.

 Map of Bird Count Areas

January – We will not have a meeting in January 2021




April  (Saturday mornings) Spring Migration Bird Walks

Enjoy spotting the latest spring arrivals at Fenner Nature Center. Walks start at 9:00 a.m.


May  (Saturday mornings) Spring Migration Bird Walks

Enjoy this peak warbler time at Fenner Nature Center. Walks start at 8:00 a.m.