Field Trips
OAS Field Trips are free and open to the general public. Depending on the destination, entry fees may be required. We welcome all levels of birdwatchers including those with disabilities.

Wednesday field trips, led by veteran birder Mike Mencotti, are designed to increase birding skills and watch bird life change with the seasons in local parks. New birders are especially welcome. Each trip will have a specific focus and all trips will cover many birding skills from the basics on up. All are welcome, especially beginners! Binoculars are essential.
Simply contact the field trip leader to obtain further details about any trip.

Remember to dress for the weather.
Trips occurring during a winter storm warning are automatically canceled.

2017 Upcoming Field Trips

October 14-15, 2017 (Saturday-Sunday)         Whitefish Point
Leader: Jeff Stacey (
Fall migration at Whitefish Point often yields some interesting rarities. We'll drive up Friday evening and spent Saturday at and around Whitefish Point. Hotel accommodations in the area are limited, so make reservations early!

October 29, 2017 (Sunday)   7:30 AM - 12:30 PM        Ottawa NWR
Leader: Jim Koppin (
Meet at the MDOT lot in the northwest corner of the Miejer parking lot at 8 mile and Haggerty. We will carpool from there promptly at 7:30 am. This refuge is an excellent waterfowl migration stop.  We will be using the refuge tour bus. This trip is limited to 14 people.  I you want to attend, contact Jim Koppin asap, ( or text or call 734-776-6546). Alternatively, if you choose to drive separately, meet at the Ottawa NWR headquarters at 8:45. We will stop for lunch on the way home

October 25, 2017 (Wednesday)   8:00 AM - 12:00 PM        Kensington Metropark
Leader: Mike Mencotti (
Waterfowl will be the focus of this trip, and we will see the arrival of the winter passerines, too. Meet at the Nature Center.
A Metropark daily or annual pass is required.

November 4, 2017 (Saturday)   8:00 AM - 12:00 PM        Sterling State Park
Leader: Mike Mencotti (
We will bird this underrated migrant spot that offers a variety of habitats. We should get a fine selection of waterfowl, late shorebirds and other migrants. Be prepared for a three-mile hike on paved trails. We will meet at the covered large pavilion off the beach near the campground. A state recreation passport required.

November 8, 2017 (Wednesday)   8:00 AM - 12:00 PM        Robert Long and Walled Lake
Leader: Mike Mencotti (
Gulls and waterfowl will consume our energies this morning. Both types of birds should be plentiful on this trip. If we have time, we will take a short trip to Heritage Park for passerines and raptors. Meet at the parking lot of Robert Long Nature Park.
November 18, 2017 (Saturday)   8:00 AM - 12:00 PM        Belle Isle State Park
Leader: Jim Koppin (
This is a traditional trip to look for ducks, raptors and whatever is hiding around this wonderful island. We’ll meet at the Nature Center at the east end of the island and carpool from there.  For those interested, lunch afterwards to compare notes and chat.  A state recreation passport is required. 
November 26, 2017 (Sunday)   8:00 AM - 11:30 AM        Lake Erie Metro Park
Leader: Dave Frye (
This will be our second field trip to Lake Erie Metropark in 2017.  And why not?  This park is interesting in every season of the year.  The group will assemble in the car park in front of the Nature Center and walk the trails through their wooded, marshy, and coastal areas.  An annual or daily Metropark pass will be needed.


Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is an annual, 116 year-old national bird survey sponsored by the National Audubon Society, conducted on a specific day during the months of December and early January. This survey is conducted across the United States, all Canadian provinces, Mexico, Samoa, South America, and several other countries. The CBC is the longest running citizen science project in the world and OAS has participated in it for over 50 years. Membership is not required. 

See trip reports below

CBC Results and Field Trip Reports: