Join us every Wednesday as we document the birds using habitat in our parks throughout the year. Extra binoculars are available. All are welcome! New birders and lifelong birders all enjoy the walks. Each bird walk will last approximately 1.5-2 hrs. The full schedule with locations and times are below.
We rotate through 4 different parks each month, with a special visit to a different park if there is a 5th Wednesday. The data we collect is entered into eBird and is publicly available to scientists, birders, and park users. These parks are birding hotspots on eBird – follow the links below to learn more!
- 1st Wednesday: Bear Creek Nature Park
- 2nd Wednesday: Cranberry Lake Park
- 3rd Wednesday: Watershed Ridge Park (May), Fox Nature Preserve (June – August)
- 4th Wednesday: Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park
- 5th Wednesdays: Charles Ilsley Park (May), Watershed Ridge Park (August)
Check out the slideshow below for the great photos of birds that Cam Mannino has seen – mostly at Bear Creek Nature Park!
|Bird Walk||Bear Creek Nature Park||May 3||8:30 am|
|Bird Walk||Cranberry Lake Park||May 10||8:30 am|
|Bird Walk||Watershed Ridge Park||May 17||8:30 am|
|Bird Walk||Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park||May 24||8:30 am|
|Bird Walk||Charles Ilsley Park||May 31||8:30 am|
|Bird Walk||Bear Creek Nature Park||June 7||8:00 am|
|Bird Walk||Cranberry Lake Park||June 14||8:00 am|
|Bird Walk||Fox Nature Preserve||June 21||8:00 am|
|Bird Walk||Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park||June 28||8:00 am|
|Bird Walk||Bear Creek Nature Park||July 5||8:00 am|
|Bird Walk||Cranberry Lake Park||July 12||8:00 am|
|Bird Walk||Fox Nature Preserve||July 19||8:00 am|
|Bird Walk||Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park||July 26||8:00 am|
|Bird Walk||Bear Creek Nature Park||Aug 2||8:00 am|
|Bird Walk||Cranberry Lake Park||Aug 9||8:00 am|
|Bird Walk||Fox Nature Preserve||Aug 16||8:00 am|
|Bird Walk||Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park||Aug 23||8:00 am|
|Bird Walk||Watershed Ridge Park||Aug 30||8:00 am|
20 thoughts on “Birding Walks”
Is there a bird walk tomorrow Oct 26? Weather report says it will rain.
Unless it’s raining hard or there is lightning, we typically hold the bird walks. Hope you can make it tomorrow, or another time!
is there a walk tomorrow, nov 24
No bird walk on November 24. We’ve wrapped up our walks for 2021 and will start again January 5, 2022
I see that your bird walk calendar ends in August. Do you continue to have bird walks in September and October??
Hi Rochelle – we continue to have bird walks through mid November. I just updated the bird walks page. Thanks for your interest, and hope to see you on a walk!
Thank you. Plan to be there on day soon. When do you expect to see migrants that are passing through?
Yes, during fall migration we usually get lots of bird that we usually don’t see in the area that are just passing through.
Do do we need to register or just show up??
You can just show up for bird walks
Hi! Would you consider doing a bird walk with kids during the weekend???
Would love to do this with my kiddos.
Have you checked out the Oakland Audubon Young Birders Club? They’ve actually held some of their walks at Bear Creek Nature Park the last few years on Saturdays. They’re a great group and would be perfect for parents and kids that want to get into birding. Looks like they have some events coming up this winter – https://www.oaklandaudubon.org/young-birders.
I have gone on a few of the walks and enjoyed them. When will you start up again in January 2022?
Hi Pat! The bird walks take a break between Thanksgiving and the New Year. They will start again in 2022 on the first Wednesday of January. On January 5 we’ll be at Bear Creek Nature Park at 8:30 am. The schedule on the website will be updated in December.
Hey Ben, I’d like to join you as a first-timer on the 7th. Where in the park do you meet?
Hi Tom – it would be great to see you at a bird walk! The walk on July 7 will be at Bear Creek Nature Park. We meet at the Snell Road parking lot, 740 W. Snell Rd, Rochester, MI 48306. Hope to see you there!
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Is there any walks in December 2019? joe
Hi Joe – We take a break in December each year, but we will start up again the second Wednesday of January 2020 at Cranberry Lake Park, 8:30 am (the first Wednesday is New Year’s Day, so no walk that day).