Birder's Guide

MAR 2015

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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Lansing, Michigan Kirby Adams The hottest of the hotspots along Huron's west shore is found in Tawas Point State Park. A triangular patch of for- est juts into the mouth of Saginaw Bay with a mile-long sandy peninsula sweeping southward and westward from its tip. If you were asked to design a perfect migrant trap, you might arrange something like this. The peninsula is sparsely treed in a narrow strip down its center with dune grass predominating along the edges. The Tawas Bay side is lagoonal with extensive mudfats, while the Lake Huron side is a sandy, wave-battered beach, giving the peninsula the feel of a barrier island on the Atlantic Coast. The 183-acre park is a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area, with about 300 species recorded in the immediate area. Just north of Tawas Point is Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area, with a 400-acre impoundment hosting thousands of migrating waterfowl. Many wader species nest at Tuttle, which is one of the 21 21 March 2015 | Birder's Guide to Travel March 2015 | Birder's Guide to Travel Tawas Point Lighthouse. Photo © David-Lorne Photographic/DLP

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