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October 28, 2022

See below for 3 corrections to the last Newswire email I sent out.  And enjoy this fall color tour of the Grand River by kayak!

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Colors by Kayak - Grand River Heritage Water Trail

Colors by Kayak - Grand River Greenway - THUMBNAIL

Click the image above or link below to watch the video.

Float the Grand River by kayak and enjoy the spectacular falls colors. We’ll take you on the first reach of the Grand River Heritage Water Trail which starts at Johnson Park in Kent County and ends at Grand River Park in Ottawa County. Find more information on the Grand River Heritage Water Trail and Ottawa County Parks at the links below.

Grand River Heritage Water Trail Website

VIDEO: Colors by Kayak - Grand River Heritage Water Trail


My apologies for the corrections I've needed to make below!

Mug Club Photo Contest


& Last call for entries!  Deadline is Monday, 10/31/22

If you were having trouble entering the dates for your photos on the form linked below, the issue has been corrected!  Make sure to enter the date as MM/DD/YYYY. Please make sure to enter 2 digits for the month and day and 4 digits for the year.

Sorry for the inconvenience!  If you have questions, call the Nature Center ASAP as the deadline is Monday!  616-786-4847

RHWO - Doug Kuiper

Have you taken a bird photo in Ottawa County in 2022* that would look great on our 2023 Mug Club limited edition mug?    We want to see it!

How to Enter 

Click the link below, fill out your contact info and upload your photos! 


Entries are due on October 31st, 2022.

The winning photo and 2023 mug will be revealed in late November or no later than the first Coffee with the Birds event on December 10. 

*Photo taken from 11/1/21 through 10/31/22 will be accepted.

2022 Mug Club

2023 Mug Club Memberships will be available for sale for $25 on or after the Mug Reveal Event on December 8th. Mug Club members receive a limited edition mug and fun birding perks throughout the year.

Pictured: 2021 Photo Contest Winner: Red-headed Woodpecker by Doug Kuiper 

If you have questions, please let us know!  


Birding Programs & Events
Holland Audubon Club

The Holland Audubon Club hosts...

Michigan Big Year! with Terry Grabill


Terry Grabill

*Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at 7:00 p.m

HOPE CHURCH, 77 West 11th Street, Holland, MI

Dragonflies Discovery Preschool; 30  152nd Ave. Holland MI 49424; near the Ottawa fairgrounds

Terry Grabill is a West Michigan birder who made a Michigan Big Year run in 2021.  On his way to recording 323 species for the year, he logged an obscene number of miles, had some great adventures, and met some amazing people along the way.  Terry's talk will describe Tales from the Road of his Mitten Big Year.

Meeting at 7pm, program to follow shortly after till 8:30pm

Visit to learn more!

*typically HAC meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month but due to election day on 11/8, the meeting this month is on the 2nd Tuesday


10/29/22 - Waterfowl Field Trips - Witness the spectacle of waterfowl migration!

*Registration & Fee Required

Part 1 - Lakeshore Waterfowl will start at Holland State Park and explore areas near Holland and the lower Macatawa River. 8-11am  *North Beach Park in Ferrysburg and will visit other local waterfowl hotspots including Ottawa Sands and Harbor Island.

Part 2 – Wastewater Waterfowl will visit one of Michigan’s premier waterfowl birding locations at the Muskegon Wastewater facility. 1-4pm

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