Red winged blackbird

 

Birding

Berrien County Birdathon
 
Here come the hummingbirds, warblers, and vireos, right along with area students for Fernwood’s Environmental Studies Programs (ESP)! The two combine when Fernwood teams participate in the 29th Annual Berrien Count Birdathon on Saturday, May 13 to raise funds in support of the ESP, which served 4800 students in the 2015/2016 school year. Last year we raised more than $2200 just by identifying as many bird species as we could in 15 hours! Please visit our website or call Fernwood today to sponsor our teams and help us continue to share the magic of nature with local school children.

Click here to donate to the Birdathon.
 


Fernwood's Bluebird Trail

With great bluebird habitat in the Arboretum and Tallgrass Prairie, we have 13 bluebird boxes scattered in those areas to provide nesting habitat for our bluebirds. Once a week, our dedicated Bluebird Trail Volunteers monitor the boxes, recording what species are present (tree swallows will also nest in bluebird boxes), how many eggs are laid, and how old the chicks are.  All that data is turned in to the Michigan Bluebird Society in fall to track how bluebird populations are doing - last year we fledged 70 chicks!  

Monitoring our bluebird trail takes about an hour and half of easy walking, available time blocks are Tuesday-Thursday and Friday-Sunday and runs through August. Weeks are rotated so you monitor once a month or so, and training is provided to prepare you for this amazing experience. Children are especially fascinated by baby birds, making this a great family volunteer opportunity as well. If you would like to volunteer or want more information, please contact Naturalist Wendy Jones.


Berrien County Birding

Berrien County's diverse habitats offer up excellent birding, with 353 different species having been recorded in the County. Fernwood is pleased to have partnered with other local organizations on the Berrien County Birding Destinations map. The map is available at Fernwood, all three Berrien County Parks, Sarett, Warren Dunes State Park, the Harbor County Chamber of Commerce, the I-94 Pure Michigan Visitor Center in New Buffalo, and in Benton Harbor at the MSU Extension office, the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council, and the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission office. To receive a copy in the mail free of charge, send a note with your mailing address to
Love Creek Nature Center. So go explore and good luck birding in Berrien County! 

Our friends at the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission have created an Interactive Berrien Birding Destinations Map based on the information in the Berrien County Birding Destinations Map.

You can view this interactive map on the Berrien Birding Club webpage or on the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission site. Click Here to read a post on birding in Southwest Michigan by Joanne Davidhizar of Michigan State University Extension.

For more information on birding in Berrien County, please visit Berrien County Parks
 and click on the ‘birding’ link.



Bird Cams

Eavesdrop on some nesting birds across the U.S. on the following Bird Cams:

Bald Eagle's Nest
in St. Patrick's County Park

Great Horned Owl Nest
 has two chicks, hatched on February 25 and 28.


Eagle Nest
 has three eggs, laid on February 18, 21, and 25.



Give the Gift of Birds and Help Support Fernwood!

Know someone who enjoys birds at their backyard feeders? Or perhaps someone who is a serious birder, hitting local hotspots every weekend? Give them the gift of birds all year long and support Fernwood at the same time. 

When you place a new one-year subscription to Bird Watcher's Digest magazine or their other publications, Fernwood receives 50% of the subscription price. Mention Fernwood when placing an order at 800.879.2473 or subscribe at www.birdwatchersdigest.com/subscriptions. This great publication covers bird identification, feeding, behavior, gardening, and much more. It makes a great gift for the bird-lover on your list!