Birding Festival returns to Leelanau

From staff reports

BirdFest8Come join the fun at the 2013 Leelanau Peninsula Birding Festival, May 29-June 2. It’s nesting season in Leelanau where our fields and forests are full of bird songs and activity. For 2013 the festival is adding a bus trip to see Kirtland’s warbler with noted Kirtland’s specialist Jerry Weinrich. Jerry will lead visitors to a special access site on Kirtland’s nesting grounds. As a bonus, Birdfest is arranging for the bus to journey just a short way north of the Kirtland’s warbler location to Hartwick Pines State Park for evening grosbeaks, and red-shouldered hawks. Check out the schedule of events for 9 other popular field trips including Birding-By-Tall-Ship aboard the schooner Inland Seas and Birding-By-Ear at a new location, Teichner Preserve.

The festival’s fee structure for 2013 is as follows: Single day registration is $15, which includes most field trips as well as evening speakers. All four days cost only $40. Additional fees apply to bus or boat trips, and Saturday’s catered dinner at the headquarters in historic Fountain Point Inn, as noted in the registration process. A newly offered digi-scoping seminar also requires an additional fee. The festival will feature speakers on both Friday and Saturday evenings at Fountain Point. There are no registration fees for the children’s Bird and Bug Safari at the Suttons Bay wetlands.

For more information, or to register, visit