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Keweenaw's Migratory Bird Festival in Copper Harbor

Celebrating the Spectacular Spring Migration

2014 Schedule & Things to Do

Copper Harbor Birding is directing funds and energies toward
the Brockway Mountain Hawk Watch. We have a few bird-related
events going on during the migration season. We will be adding
more as we get them nailed down - please check back!

Early Spring - end of April & beginning of May

Birder Recommendation: Raptor migration is strong -Take Brockway Mountain Drive stopping along the way at many scenic turnouts to observe the raptors along the flyway. The Brockway Mountain Hawk Watch is taking place at the peak. Visit the counter as he surveys the skies for passing raptors. The Lake Superior shoreline is a great spot for birds and keep your eye on the sky! Sparrows are here - a good spot to view many species is Clyde's Bird Trail. The warblers are arriving in great numbers. Check out Lake Manganese and the Red Trail for woodland visitors and don't miss Manganese Falls while the spring waters are still high are flowing strong.

Saturday, May 10th ~ Official International Migratory Bird Day


Birder Recommendation: It's time for more warblers, songbirds and the flycatchers are arriving too - Take woodland and field walks, Hunter's Point, Estivant Pines, Fort Wilkins - There is still raptor activity, just not as heavy now. Check out the harbor and Clyde's Bird Trail ponds for water birds.

Saturday, May 17th

6:00 pm - Local Bird Surveys with Joseph Youngman
This presentation will feature an update to the long running Manitou Island Bird Survey and the Brockway Mountain Hawk Watch as well as the newest water bird study on Passage Island, Isle Royale National Park and the sea bird count coming this fall! Along with new data and interesting findings, Joe will share many beautiful images of the islands and area. Location: Grant Township Community Hall in Copper Harbor (US41 & 2nd Street)

Sunday, May 26th

9am - Birds and Bugs Field Trip at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary with Joseph Youngman and Lynn Murphy ~ MNA Field Trip
Join Joe and Lynn for a ramble under the big pines.  We’ll keep our eyes and ears open for spring migrants and year-round residents.  Bring along your own water, snacks, bug repellent and wear sturdy footwear for hiking.
Meet at the Estivant Pines trailhead.  To get there, follow US 41 north to the blinking light at Copper Harbor and turn right, go 4 blocks and turn right on 2nd Street at the Community Center and sign for Lake Manganese.  Follow 2nd Street (also called Manganese Road) for 1.2 miles, bearing left onto Clark Mine Road (dirt road). Travel 1.2 miles and turn right by the pond and then a quick right onto Burma Road. Travel another .65 miles to the trailhead and parking.
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Birder Recommendation: The migration is slowing down at this time but is still going. It's a great time see the birds that stay and nest here while they are still active and looking for nesting territories. There is still raptor activity, but slowing steadily. Everywhere you look there are birds!

Sunday, June 1st

10 am - Work Day and Wildflower Walkabout at Klipfel Nature Sanctuary with Keweenaw botanist Dana Richter and Nancy Leonard - MNA Field Trip
Join stewards Dana and Nancy for an hour or less of trail clean-up.  After a picnic lunch, we’ll explore the Brockway Mountain area and keep our eyes open for rare and beautiful spring-blooming plants.  Wear sturdy shoes, work gloves, and bring drinking water, a picnic lunch, bug repellent, sunscreen, and clippers if you have them.
Meet at Klipfel Nature Sanctuary trailhead on Brockway Mountain Drive, west of Copper Harbor.

Sunday, June 8th (date is tentative, please check back)

Benefit Breakfast at the Harbor Haus
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and support Copper Harbor Birding and the Brockway Mountain Hawk Watch. 9:00 am to 11:00 am, first come first served basis.