Birding Update Newswire! January 2023

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February 18, 2023

Special Event - Guest Speaker

Tiffany Kersten @ Hemlock Crossing 5/11/23!

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Elevating Women Birders

Thursday, May 11; 7pm

Nature Center at Hemlock Crossing County Park

Tiffany Kersten didn't set out to do a big year, but after a series of unanticipated and serendipitous events, she suddenly found herself amidst one. As a sexual assault survivor, she spent 2021 traveling to all corners of the Lower 48 States, tallying birds and gifting personal safety alarms to women she met along the way. Her goal was to see 700 species, and to raise awareness of women's safety in the outdoors. She ended up surpassing her goal and setting a new Lower 48 Big Year record of 726.

In her presentation, Tiffany will lead us through the fear, empowerment, struggles, and healing that all played vital roles in the personal growth she experienced on this wild adventure. 



*Seating may be limited and will be available as first come, first served. Video overflow provided.

To learn more about Tiffany Kersten read the Audubon Article linked below:

Meet the Bird Guide and Blogger on a Mission to Keep Women Birders Safe

Event Sponsors Tiffany Kersten

This special event is sponsored by Owashtanong Islands Audubon Society, Ottawa County Parks, Holland Audubon Club and MI Birds. Thank you!

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Video Interview by Badgerland Birding

Meet Tiffany Kersten: The Birder Who Just Broke the Lower 48 State Big Year Record

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

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Tiffany Kersten broke the Lower 48 Big Year Birding record with 726 species! Here all about her travels and experiences in this interview.

Meet Tiffany Kersten: The Birder Who Just Broke the Lower 48 State Big Year Record

 Link to Tiffany's Guide Service

Link To Tiffany's Go Fund Me with "She's Birdie"

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02/10/23 CwB Event Recap

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This past Saturday, February 10th was our third Coffee with the Birds event of this season.  We once again hosted 109 people at the Nature Center between both feeder watching sessions and the Tidbit presentation and 30+ watching the livestream as well.  Thank you for your participation! 

The feeders were a bit slower than normal, but still host to a variety of birds.  You can check out what we saw on the eBird Checklist.

If you happened to miss the event, you can still participate. 

Click the links below to watch the Livestream and Tidbit presentation on YouTube.

VIDEO of the Livestream:

02/11/23 Coffee with the Birds Event

Birding Alaska Part 4

Tidbit Presentation Video:

The Tidbit presentation this month was a Birding Story, "Bor-eal for R-eal?!".  This story is also told as a part of the Birding Alaska with Curtis & Mike Part 4 Video.  Check it out!

Part 4:  Denali Highway and Fairbanks

Now a week into their trip, Curtis & Mike make their way to explore the wild and remote Denali Highway before heading to Fairbanks with a lead on searching for an elusive Alaskan owl.  Their efforts pay off in majorly epic ways on this stretch of the trip.  Just how so?  Watch to join the adventure!

For Parts 1-3, visit the Birding Alaska with Curtis & Mike Video Playlist 

For more about the search for Ptarmigan watch Birding Story: Ptarmigan Again?

2023 Sponsors

Sponsors of Coffee with the Birds events. Please be sure to tell them you appreciate their support!

For more information on CwB, Mug Club and more, visit the website below.

Coffee with the Bird Information Page

Birding Programs & Events

Upcoming Birding Programs & Outings

For more details or to register check us out ONLINE!

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Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and some baked goodies as you watch the birds at the feeders and discuss various birding topics with a naturalist. Bring your bird questions, curiosities and stories, and don't forget your favorite mug!

There are 2 sessions of Feeder Watching to choose from (see below) and a Birding Tidbits "bite-sized" presentation on topics ranging from local birding information and bird identification to natural history and stories of birding adventures.  Don't miss them as these short presentations are sure to be entertaining and informative.

*We plan to be both in-person and Livestream!

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CwB Schedule

9:30 - 10:20 Feeder Watching Session 1

10:30 - 11:00: Birding Tidbits

11:10 - 12:00 Feeder Watching Session 2  


Bird Profile:  Cedar Waxwing

Upcoming CwB Event Dates

- 3/18/22 - Bird Profile:  Cedar Waxwing

*Put this on your calendar TODAY!

Snowy Owl - Blair Celano

Additional Birding Programs


Wildlife Encounter - Winter's Ghosts: Snowy Owls

2/19/23; 3-4:30pm at Hemlock Crossing

Woodcock Walks:

- 3/24/23; Hemlock Crossing

- 3/31/23; Grand River Park

Photo by Blair Celano, 2022 Photo Contest

News & Research

2023 Great Backyard Bird Count

Great Backyard Bird Count

Great Backyard Bird Count:  Audubon

Join the world in connecting to birds – February 17-20.

Spend time in your favorite places watching birds–then tell us about them! In as little as 15 minutes notice the birds around you.  Identify them, count them, and submit them to help scientists better understand and protect birds around the world.

Great Backyard Bird Count 2023

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An owl that escaped from the Central Park Zoo is still loose — and hunting on his own

Flaco the owl

Article:  NPR

Flaco, the owl that escaped the Central Park Zoo in New York City nearly two weeks ago, is still on the loose. But zoo officials now say a big concern has been alleviated: Flaco is hunting for himself.

An owl that escaped from the Central Park Zoo is still loose — and hunting on his own

Photos by Seth Wenig/AP

Stylish and Social, Winter Waxwings Provide a Wonderful ID Challenge

Cedar Waxwing - Ryan Bebej

Article:  National Audubon

Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings look very similar and are more likely to intermingle in the colder months. Here’s how to tell them apart.

Stylish and Social, Winter Waxwings Provide a Wonderful ID Challenge

Photo by Ryan Bebej; 2022 Photo Contest

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