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.


September 7 –  The Missouri River Journals of John James Audubon and His Hidden Conservation Ethic.

Capital Area Audubon Society presents Central Michigan University Professor Daniel Patterson, Ph.D. in their first meeting of the fall on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Fenner Nature Center, 2020 E. Mt. Hope at Aurelius Rd., Lansing, 48910. Professor Patterson’s topic will be “The Missouri River Journals of John James Audubon and His Hidden Conservation Ethic”. Social time begins at 7 PM with a brief meeting followed by the presentation at 7:30 PM. Non members are cordially invited to attend. FREE.

Presenter: Daniel Patterson, Ph.D., Central Michigan University Professor

Fall Bird Walks begin September 2 and will be offered Each Saturday at 9:00 am. Meet in the parking lot of Fenner Nature Center. Walks will be led by Bob Kinsbury.

October  5 – Birding Adventures in Mozambique

Callie Gesmundo and Zak Pohlen graduated from the Michigan State University Fish and Wildlife program and work with the Burke Lake Banding station. They will talk about their work and travel in Mozambique.

Presenters: Callie Gesmundo & Zak Pohlen, field biologists and graduates of Michigan State
University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

October 7 – Parks Marion and Alexia Witcombe will lead a nature walk at Legg Park beginning at 8:30am. The walk will start at the parking lot and will last around two hours. Legg Park is at 3900 Van Atta Rd., Okemos. We would love to see you there!

November  2 – Wind Energy, Bats & Birds

Learn about the interaction of bats and birds with wind energy facilities and efforts to reduce impacts to these vulnerable species with Scott Hicks from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Michigan Ecological Services Field Office.

Presenter: Scott Hicks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

November  12 – Field Trip to Allegan State Game Area/Lake Michigan

Check out birding hotspots in western Michigan with experienced local guide and club member Rick Brigham. Watch your newsletter or our website for further details.

December 7 – Kirtland’s Warbler Update

The Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance is dedicated to expanding awareness for the Kirtland’s Warbler and important conservation programs that help the species as well as the jack pine forest system where it lives. Dave Ewert will tell us more about the Alliance’s role in the next phase of conservation for this iconic Michigan species.

Presenter:  Dave Ewert

December 16 – 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

Map of Bird Count Areas

December 30  Eaton Rapids Christmas Bird Count

Annual Audubon bird count in Eaton Rapids area.

Volunteers needed!

Coordinator: Tom Wheeker. Contact

January 4 – Experiences of a Lifelong Birder

Jon Allan, Director of the Office of the Great Lakes in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, is a leader in environmental planning and policy projects in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region. A life-long birder, he will share stories of his extensive travels in the U.S. and Europe.

Presenter: Jon Allan, MDEQ

February 1 – Native Bees of Michigan

Explore the diversity and natural history of Michigan’s bee species with Kelsey Graham from Michigan State University’s Department of Entomology.

Presenter: Kelsey Graham, Michigan State University Department of Entomology

March 1 – Kestrels in Cherry Orchards

Dr. Catherine Lindell, professor in the Integrative Biology Department at Michigan State University, will discuss her research on American Kestrels and whether they can have beneficial effects on cherry orchards by deterring pests.

Presenter: Dr. Catherine Lindell, Michigan State University

April 5 – Birds of a Feather?

Bob Tarte is a birder and author of numerous books about birds and other animals. He writes with humor about his experiences caring for animals and becoming a birder.

Presenter: Bob Tarte

April 7, 14, 21, 28 (Saturday mornings)

Spring Migration Bird Walks

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

May 3 – Birds and Soundscapes

Based at Western Michigan University, Dr. Sharon Gill studies behavioral ecology, ornithology, and sound ecology. She will speak on the topic of soundscapes and how they affect bird populations.

Presenter: Dr. Sharon Gill, Western Michigan University

May 5, 12, 19 (Saturday mornings) – Spring Migration Bird Walks

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

June 7 – Member Photo Show and Ice Cream Social

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

To view the 2017-18 program brochure click on this link.

CAAS_2017-18 ProgramBrochure