Beaver Island Birding Trail Festival—Warblers on the Water

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BEAVER ISLAND — The 6th annual Beaver Island Birding Festival, Warblers on the Water, will be held on May 24-26, 2019, on Beaver Island, in northern Lake Michigan. The island is a spring migratory song and shore bird mecca with over 200 species of birds recorded from the island. Registration is limited and birders are urged to register early through the Beaver Island Birding Trail website at

Transportation to the island is via ferry or air taxi. Lodging is available on the island, and transportation for the various field trips will be provided to registered participants. More information about transportation, food, and lodging is available on the website.

Researchers and expert field trip leaders will lead trips to some of the island’s 30+ birding sites. Whether you are a novice or expert birder there will be something for you during this Memorial Weekend event. The birding trips are flexible and use local guides to get the most out of your exploration of the northern Lake Michigan islands’ history, natural resources, and scenery. A featured field trip to High Island which lies to the west of Beaver Island is scheduled for registered participants. Presentations on the history of Beaver Island and the night sky are also scheduled.

For more specific information about Warblers on the Water visit Information about transportation to and accommodations on Beaver Island can be found at, and for information about the island visit the Chamber of Commerce’s web site at

Northern Parula photo courtesy of Darrell Lawson.

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