In honor of International Migratory Bird Day, the Department of Natural Resources is hosting Beaks and Binoculars, with a full schedule of programs at DNR visitor centers throughout the state on Saturday, May 11. Learn about the different species of birds that migrate to Michigan each spring, take a guided walk, and learn about the different styles of birdhouses and how to identify different bird calls. Each location offers its own unique program; please check the details on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnrcalendar.

Saginaw Bay Visitor Center at the Bay City Recreation Area in Bay City:

  • 12:30 p.m. – Banding Birds
  • 2 p.m. – Bird Watching 101

Hartwick Pines Visitor Center at Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling:

  • 10 a.m. – Birdhouse Building

Gillette Visitor Center at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon:

  • 8 a.m. – Birds of the Dunes
  • 11 a.m. – Native Plantings for Birds
  • 1 p.m. – Native Art for Children

Ludington State Park in Ludington:

  • 10 a.m. – Bird migration guided hike along Lake Michigan
  • 3 p.m. – Bird migration guided hike along Hamlin Lake

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Ontonagon:

  • 10 a.m. – Beginning Birding

Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Paradise:

  • 8 a.m. – Guided bird walk

Eddy Discovery Center at Waterloo Recreation Area in Chelsea:

  • 9 a.m. – Birding and Breakfast

Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center at Mitchell State Park in Cadillac:

  • 3 p.m. Beginning Birding and a guided hike

Wolf Lake Hatchery Visitor Center in Mattawan:

  • 11 a.m. – Guided nature walk

DNR visitor centers are located throughout the state. Centers feature nature exhibits and are staffed with full-time educators who manage nature programs for individuals, families and school groups. Learn more about each location at www.michigan.gov/visitorcenters.

Beaks and Binoculars events are FREE; however a Recreation Passport is required for each location above except Wolf Lake Hatchery Visitor Center.

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