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 6 –  Hawk ID

Hone your hawk identification skills with Kevin Arnold. Arnold is the Southern District Interpretive Supervisor for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks overseeing the Lake Erie Marshlands Museum and the Oakwoods Nature Center. He is a naturalist, historian, and avid outdoorsman who uses his experiences to shape and build stories both natural and historical. Kevin will be sharing his “Hawk ID 1” program which he conducts very year at Hawkfest, a celebration focusing on birds of prey and the annual fall hawk migration over Lake Erie Metropark.

Presenter: Kevin Arnold, Huron-Clinton Metroparks

October  4 – Enjoying and Attracting Purple Martins

Purple Martins are the only bird species in the eastern half of the US that entirely depend on humans for their nesting cavities. Learn how to attract and care for these amazing aerial insectivores.

Presenter: Richard Wolinski, Author of Enjoying Purple Martins, The Martin Landlord’s Handbook

November  – Incorporating Native Plants Into Your Landscape

Have you wondered how to give birds and butterflies more opportunities for success in the urban environment? Esther will discuss incorporating native plants into your current landscape.

Presenter: Esther Durnwald, Michigan Wildflower Farm, Portland, MI

December 6 – Hummingbirds

Our December meeting will feature Hummingbird expert Allen Chartier as he shares his experiences banding hummingbirds for over 18 years.

Presenter: Allen Chartier, The Michigan Hummingbird Guy and co-editor of “A Birder’s Guide to Michigan.”

December – 15  East Lansing Christmas Bird Count

Get out and enjoy some winter birding by participating in National Audubon’s annual Christmas bird count! Groups will survey areas in Greater Lansing and report findings at a dinner following the count. Details to be announced.

Map of Bird Count Areas


Other programs and field trips will be listed when the information becomes available.