If Maria Ulrich is the wizard at the sound board (or more likely these days, at the tablet and monitors), then lucky listeners and presenters alike can relax under her professional support. Ulrich will run Glen Arbor’s Manitou Music series starting next year.

Come 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 guests 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 nine other popular field trips including Birding-By-Tall-Ship aboard the schooner Inland Seas and Birding-By-Ear at a new location, Teichner Preserve.