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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
B Bowman Ann Arbor Anytime English, some German
Ann Arbor is in one of the best birding counties in Michigan, and it's a 50-minute drive from one of the best birding locations in Michigan, Pte. Mouillee State Game Area. My birding web site is at http://www.umich.edu/~bbowman/birds/index.html
M Boyce Bellevue Anytime English
I manage America's 1st crane sanctuary for Michigan Audubon and have been birding for 30 years. Baker Sanctuary hosts the largest annual gathering of Sandhill Cranes in Michigan and more than 200 bird species have been identified here.
R Johnson Berrien Springs Anytime English
Lake Michigan is 10 miles to the west. Woodland, marsh and dunes habitat.
J Palland Center Line Weekend English, Danish
B Saelens Dearborn Heights Anytime English
Our area Brownstown/Gibralter Metro Park is soon to be the perm home of an injured blinded bald eagle, just thought even if it's very sad, it will be something up close and personal that someone might be interested in. Blessings Beth, downriver area of SE Michigan.
L Humphrey Detroit Weekend English
A Dettling Canton/Detroit Anytime English, Italian, Russian
I generally bird around Detroit, Ann Arbor and Dearborn. I can accompany people in these areas and assist people with information about where to find birds around the state of Michigan. My work schedule is flexible so that I can bird before work on some days. I am a volunteer at the Rouge River Bird Observatory. I band and do surveys with Julie Craves. See www.rrbo.org. I'm 31 years old and I have traveled for birding quite a bit in the US. I have around 580 North American Life birds, not including Mexico. I take some photos of birds as well.


C Theisen Dexter, Michigan varies English
I enjoy meeting people from all over the world, and I have used birding pals very successfully in other countries. Area:
Washtenaw County

Area Birds:
approx. 225 possible, depending on season
Interests:
Nature: birdwatching

D Aspery Garden City, Wayne County Weekend English
Crosswinds Marsh, U of M Dearborn and Oakwoods & Lake Erie Metro park have a nice variety of habitat within 30-40 minutes. Not bad for a urban area. I work full-time and activiely bird locally in Wayne County.
M Kelliher Gladwin Weekend English, German, some Spanish, Chinese
I have a home 20 minutes from the Kirtland Warbler nesting area near Grayling, MI. I have a summer home there where I rent out to birders. Its on a small private lake called Lake McGilvery where Pileated Woodpeckers frequent as well as Loons, Rosebreasted Grosebeaks and Northern Orioles nest for the summer.
J DuBey Grand Blanc Weekend English
B Herd Grand Haven Anytime English
We are a couple who have birded seriously for the past 10 years, We belong to the Muskegon County Nature Club and our local Audubon Club. The best place to bird in our area is the Muskegon Wastewater Treatment complex that has over a thousand acres of ponds, grasslands and woods. Our towmn is on Lake Michigan and offers a variety of habitats. We have travelled/birded internationally in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe, Mexico, Ecuador and all over the lower 48 in the USA, mostly by motorhome.
R Heaton Grand Junction Anytime English
We live in Chicago, but also have 96 acres in SW Michigan. We call it Farm and Fen. A wetland and a farm field separated by 1/4 mile long row of pine trees. For the past 18 years our goal has been to enhance the landscape by planting native flora and also creating open water features. Our artist cabin is available for rentals, as well as a more modern house on the farm side of the pines. Many small lakes and bike trails to explore off our property as well.
L Lofgren Holton/Muskegon Anytime English
C Porter Jackson Anytime English
I live near the Dahlem Environmental Education Center, which possesses abundant and varied habitats to bird. I also live on the Grand River, which connects to Williams, Browns and Vandercook lake, all of which also offer exceptional birding opportunities.
C DuBey Lake City Anytime English
D McWhirter MSU/Lansing Anytime English
Local birder for 50 years, contacts throughout the state, experienced at finding birds and showing them to people. Few bad habits.
J Pavlik Lansing Anytime English
Been birding for 30+ years. I mostly bird around central lower Michigan. The area can be productive all year. Like most areas of Michigan Spring and Fall are best.
K Arquette Lovells, Lower Peninsula Anytime English
I live in Kirtland's Warbler habitat. I am familar with many nesting sites.
E Weyhrauch Madison Heights Anytime English, a little Spanish
City Birding! I'm an avid birder that believes you don't need to be in rural settings to see rural birds. Migrating birds find oasis' all over metro Detroit to refuel for the day. I know of a few and would love to show you.
A McMahon Marquette Weekend English
I have other flexible times during the week, it varies. I am not an expert birder, but an interessted birder who has been birding off & on for 20 plus years.
L Lage Midland Anytime English
I am a retired teacher with an interest in birds and birding. We have very good nature center just a few minutes south of the city. It includes rivers, marshes, fields and woods.
K Kane Midland Weekend English
I am willing to help visiting birders mainly during our spring migration. April and May are the most productive months here. Saginaw Bay is close to my home. There are many good birding areas and several migrant traps nearby. Waterfowl and warblers are my favorites. I can also help with Kirtland warblers.
R Kursinsky Midland Weekend English, some German, little Spanish
I'm a relatively serious birder when I have the time. My lifelist is around 550. Have seen 127 species on my property in 18 years. Still working full time but will likely retire within the next 18 months (and then will have more time for birding). Located in central Michigan. Local birding spots: Tawas Pt, Shiawassee Nat. Wildlife Refuge, Saginaw Bay, Chippewa Nature Center, Dow cooling ponds, etc. May be available some weeknights also. Or I could just take a day off if it works out.
R Dziedzic Mount Pleasant/Midland Anytime English, German
Local expertise in central Michigan and greater Saginaw Bay area. I am an 'off the beaten path kind of birder' and have breeding locations for most eastern North American warblers (Kirtland's, Golden-winged, Cerulean, etc.). Very familiar with 'hotspots' on Lake Huron from Tawas Point to Nayanquing Point and everythign in between.
J Fleener Muskegon Anytime English
B Jackson Pigeon Anytime(Summer only) English
P Davenport Reading(Summer only) Anytime English
T Weaver Roscommon Anytime English
Within a few miles is the Kirtland Warblers nesting area, and in the Houghton Lake area (15 miles) we have a great swamp area with very good views of A GBH rookery, viewing platforms of the many Osprey nests, Bald Eagles fishing in area, all in all a good area for waterfowl and birds you'd expect around the largest inland lake in Michigan.


S John Saginaw, MI Anytime except Mon & Thurs afternoons English, some French, some Italian
Retired librarian. Use Canan SX50 HS. Average trip to SNWR is 5 hours. I also love dragon- and damselflies. Area:
Shiawassee NWR & State Game areas

Area Birds:
Sandhill Cranes, Pied Grebes, Great Egrets
Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, butterflies, fishing, Travel: stroll, walking, canoe, Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, arboretum, architecture appreciation, Attend: theatre Genealogy (30 years). Local history of Saginaw and Michigan and Northumberland County, PA.

B Waiess Saint Johns Weekend English
I live a few miles south of the Maple River conservancy area.
L Unger Sawyer Anytime English
My weekend/vacation home is where I view birds. It is called Harbour Country and is like the Hamptons for Chicago. Although just 1 1/2 hours from Chicago the birds there are very different. I am an interior design, but I love my hobby.
R Burley Traverse City Anytime English
L Lutz West Bloomfield Anytime English
Willing to drive within one hour of home. Would love to have guide or just Birdingpals, because I am learning.


Professional Guides

If you contact a professional Birdingpal guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.

Initial Last Name Area Available Language
W Hufton III Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge English
Johnny Panther Quests Adventure Trips (Boat Tours)
I call it the “Everglades of Michigan”, and have been exploring the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge and State Game Area for over forty years now. I have been guiding professionally since 1994, and, am rated a “GEM” attraction of Michigan by the Automobile Association of America (AAA). The refuge is host to over 270 species of birds and is part of one of the largest migratory flyways in the Midwest. Standard tours last 3-5 hours, through one of the largest watersheds in the state. Five rivers come together within two square miles and we routinely run at least four of them. Many options are available, and each trip is designed to cater to each parties individual tastes. Great blue herons, bald eagles, snowy egrets and a variety of shore birds are common, along with deer, muskrat and beaver.Thousands of ducks and geese use the refuge as a rest stop during their spring and fall migrations. The refuge is located only thirty minutes from Frankenmuth and Birch Run, with many tourist and shopping opportunities. Trips are by reservation and normally run early mornings or late afternoons when wildlife viewing is at its peak. A cooler, ice and bag of pistachios are supplied on each trip. Cameras, binoculars, and picnic baskets are encouraged.
We are Mid-Michigan’s ecotourism leader with trips near Davison, and Oscoda (our Dam Trip) also available. Groups of 1-10 persons are routinely accommodated; larger groups are possible by special arrangement. Licensed by the U.S Coast Guard and insured we strive to share a very unique ecosystem many do not know exists. This has been my playground for most of my life and I am very proud to show it off. With intimate knowledge of its waters and wildlife habits, client’s expectations are usually exceeded.
Visit my web site
Fees: Trip costs starting at $140 U.S. for 1-2 persons for my 16 foot boat, and $240 U.S. minimum for my 22 foot boat which seats up to 10-12 persons comfortably.

Local Information
Name Description
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Michigan
Local weather Yahoo
Michigan Audubon Society Club
Audubon Society of Detroit Club
Audubon Society of Kalamazoo Club
AuSable Valley Audubon Society Club
Battle Creek Brigham Audubon Club
Bay de Noc Naturalists Club Club
Benzie Audubon Club Club
Blue Water Audubon Society Club
Capital Area Audubon Society Club
Cass County Audubon Society Club
Chappee Rapids Audubon Society Club
Chippewa Valley Audubon Club Club
Copper Country Audubon Club Club
Genesee Audubon Society Club
Grand Rapids Audubon Club Club
Grand Traverse Audubon Club Club
Grosse Pointe Audubon Club Club
Hartland Audubon Nature Club Club
Holland Audubon Club Club
Huron Valley Audubon Society Club
Jackson Audubon Society Club
Kirtland's Warbler Audubon Society Club
Lapeer County Audubon Society Club
Laughing Whitefish Audubon Society Club
Lee LeBlanc Audubon Society Club
Macom Audubon Society Club
Manistee Audubon Society Club
Michiana Audubon Club Club
Mid-Michigan Audubon Society Club
Muskegon County Nature Club Club
Oakland Audubon Society Club
Owashtanong Islands Audubon Society Club
Petoskey Regional Audubon Society Club
Pine River Audubon Society Club
Sable Dunes Audubon Society Club
Saginaw Valley Audubon Society Club
Sault Naturalists Club Club
Straits Area Audubon Society Club
Thunder Bay Audubon Society Club
Washtenaw Audubon Society Club
Rouge River Bird Observatory Observatory
The Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Observatory
The dikes at Point Mouillee Map
Heather Slayton's Wings Over Michigan Resource Site
Mark Cassino's Photos
Bruce Bowman's Birding
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge Sites
Dahlem Environmental Center Site
Kirtland's Warbler Festival
Birding Hotspots around the world Sites