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..

June 7, 2017 (Wednesday)   8:00 AM – 12:00 PM       Orion County Park - Grassland Birds
Leader: Dave Frye (248)459-6783
We will meet this Wednesday morning at Orion Oaks County Park (the entrance parking lot is located on Clarkston Road halfway between Baldwin and Joslyn Roads) and have a hike through their large sector of grassland meadows.  This has become an annual trip for OAS and can yield sparrows, larks, finches, bluebirds, raptors, turkeys, and other wood-margin birds.  Maybe we'll be able to nab a nuthatch, as well!

June 11, 2017 (Sunday)   8:00 AM – 2:00 PM       Thumb Wild Card
Leader: Ed Lewandowski
Starting point is Caro, Michigan at Chippewa Landing Park, just south of the Cass River on M-24. The trip will include the best spots for birds currently found in the area. Likely stops could be Deford SGA, Sanilac Petroglyphs, Minden Bog, Forestville and Bad Axe Airport. Our focus will be on breeding birds in the area. We weill stop for lunch. Feel free to bring your own lunch and snack if you prefer.

June 24, 2017 (Saturday)   8:30 AM – 1:00 PM       Birds & Butterflies at Independence Oaks
Leader: Kathleen Dougherty
Meet at the Camp Wilderness Parking Lot at Independence Oaks County Park for a 2 mile birding hike to see bluebirds, swallows, vireos, woodpeckers, sparrows and warblers.  At 10 a.m. Butterfly expert Dwayne Badgero will join the group to search for butterflies. Bring water! Park entry fees apply.

July 14-16, 2017 (Friday - Sunday)        Seney NWR
Leader: Don Burlett
This trip is to the UP for general birding and to find a Black-backed Woodpecker.  We will be staying near Newberry, MI while we travel the area to find the woodpecker.  We also plan to visit Seney NWR for general birding, which typically has loons, rails, etc.  We’ll drive up Friday and spend part of Saturday in search, returning home on Sunday.  Be prepared for any weather and for bugs.  Carpooling will be encouraged.  Also, reserve your rooms early. For full details please click HERE.

July 22, 2017 (Saturday)   8:30 AM - 12 PM        Shiawassee Basin Preserve
Leader: Kathleen Dougherty (
Explore the Shiawassee Basin Preserve during a leisurely bird hike along the trails in the preserve. The preserve protects one of Michigan’s largest and most pristine prairie fens.  This fen is known for its spectacular diversity of rare plants and wildlife. Expect to see wetland species including herons, warblers, swallows and more.  Bring water!  Meet at the Springfield Township Civic Center Parking lot at 12000 Davisburg Road in Davisburg, Michigan.  There will be an optional lunch after the hike.

July 29, 2017 (Saturday)  2:30 PM - 4:00 PM        Butterflies at Orion Oaks
Leader: Doris Applebaum (
Our annual butterfly trip will be at Orion Oaks this year.
Meet at the parking lot on Baldwin Road (not the lot on Clarkston Road).

August 13, 2017 (Sunday)  8:00 AM - 12:00 PM        Pointe Mouillee
Leader: Dave Frye (, Jim Fowler
Pointe Mouillee is always a popular location.  We'll have the opportunity to take a few vehicles (4 max) and drive along the dikes into the reserve.  Space is limited and you'll need to reserve your spot with trip leader, Dave Frye (  First priority will go to Oakland Audubon members until 2 weeks before the event when the remaining spots will be open for anyone to reserve.  We will meet in the car park on Sigler Rd east of Jefferson.

September 9, 2017 (Saturday)  8:00 AM - 12:00 PM      Lake St. Clair Metropark
Leader: Mike Mencotti (
Join us at this reliable migrant trap as well look for a mix of early migrants and nesting birds. We will check for warblers and flycatchers as well as marsh birds. Meet at the Nature Center parking lot. A Metroparks daily or annual pass required.

September 13, 2017 (Wednesday)  8:00 AM - 12:00 PM      Red Oaks and The Zoo
Leader: Mike Mencotti (
The Wednesday birding skills workshop/field trip series kicks off its fall season with something new. We will start at Red Oaks County Park, a small but productive park that is perfect for viewing fall warblers up close.  Then we will drive to the Detroit Zoo to appreciate the birdlife there. You can enjoy the afternoon at the Zoo and leave when you wish. County park pass required. Note that there is a separate admission charge for the Zoo. For details, see

September 16, 2017 (Saturday)  12:00 AM - 4:00 PM      Nuthatch Open
Leader: Jeff Stacey (
Oakland Audubon’s annual competitive birding event.  Find as many species as possible anywhere in Oakland County until 4:00 PM and then meet at Independence Oaks for awards presentations and a cookout.


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: