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‘Michigan’s Magnificent Birds’ is theme for state Audubon chapter’s 105th annual conference

The Kirtland's warbler nests almost exclusively in Michigan's young jackpine forests during the summer months. photo credit: Caleb Putnam
“Michigan’s Magnificent Birds” is the theme for Michigan Audubon’s 105th annual conference March 6-7 at the Kellogg Center on Michigan State University’s campus.

Session topics on Friday, March 6 include Piping Plovers, Bald Eagles, Waterfowl, and Avian Botulism. The evening events feature a meet ‘n greet poster session in the Lincoln Room during the evening. Attendees may view exhibits of conservation projects and birding trips from Michigan Audubon’s chapters and members while enjoying refreshments and the company of fellow attendees. Bidding for items in the silent auction will begin Friday evening.

A full day of activities is scheduled for Saturday, starting with a bird hike around the MSU campus led by IBA Coordinator Caleb Putnam. There are limited spaces available to attend the bird hike.

“John James Audubon” will arrive for the keynote address at 1 p.m. Yes, that’s right—John James Audubon, one of the nation’s greatest naturalists and wildlife artists! This will be John’s first time back in the state of Michigan since he came here in the 1830s. He will come “back to life” to talk about the natural history of birds as he saw them and tell stories of his travels across the U.S.

Sessions later that day include Kirtland’s Warbler, Pileated Woodpecker, Common Loons, Birding by Kayak, Michigan Birding Trails, Avian Taxonomy changes and High Tech Birding.

A special creative writing workshop will feature Brian “Fox” Ellis, author of The Web at Dragonfly Pond. Participants will learn to use haiku to focus their eyes and ears, add poetry to write clearer more exciting essays, and discover how to turn field notes into publishable articles.

Registration includes Friday evening refreshments, Saturday morning refreshments, all activities (except the writing workshop) and the annual luncheon.

Full registration is $90 for Michigan Audubon members, students, MLPA members or WAM members; $120 for all others.

For cost breakdowns on registration for attendance at individual sessions, and more information about the agenda visit http://www.michiganaudubon.org/annual_meeting/2009.html#registration or call (517) 886-9144.
-Michigan Audubon
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