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Our major objectives are promoting an appreciation for and a better understanding of the plants and animals of northern Michigan, preserving our natural environment, and preventing any activities that may pose a threat to our natural ecology.
To meet our mission we offer educational programs and seasonal field trips
and provide members with the Meadowlark newsletter.
The Benzie Audubon Club is a tax-exempt charitable organization and a chapter of the Michigan Audubon Society. All of our meetings and field trips are open to the public without charge. Meetings are usually held the first Thursday of each odd month (January, March, etc.) at the Tribal Outpost at 7282 Hoadley Road in Benzonia (see map). Field trips are taken throughout the year.
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Saturday, June 3, 8:00 a.m. Beginning Birding
Doug Cook (231-930-8722) will lead this trip to help birders develop their identification skills. There should be enough warblers around to challenge everyone, beginner or not. We will meet at the Adams Road parking lot on River Road.
Saturday, June 10, 8:00 a.m. Birding by Ear
We will meet at the Esch Road parking in SBDNL near Otter Creek (a National Park pass is required). Doug Cook (231-930-8722) will lead this hike to help you hone your ability to identify birds through their calls and songs.
Wednesday, June 14, 10:00 a.m. Dune Wildflowers
Mid-June is peak bloom-time for dune wildflowers. Join Preserve Steward Paula Dreeszen (231-275-7199) on this hike to Baldy, where we'll see Yellow Puccoon, Coreopsis, Orange Wood Lily, Blue Hairbells and endangered Pitcher's Thistle. We will meet at the Baldy Trailhead parking lot in the Arcadia Dunes Preserve on M-22, 0.8 miles south of Joyfield Road. Wear sun protection and be prepared for a 1.5-mile hike through the woods on an undulating trail. We'll conclude by noon.