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..

July 29, 2017 (Saturday)  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM        Butterflies at Independence Oaks
Leader: Doris Applebaum (
Our annual butterfly trip will be at Independence Oaks County Park this year.
Meet at the Wint Nature Center parking lot at 2:00 PM. Entrance fee required.

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: