Spring Birding Tours at Michigan's Wetland Wonders


Join us at the Maple River State Game Area on April 1 at 9:00a.m. for a spring birding tour! Please meet at the southwest corner of South Baldwin and Crapo Roads in Washinton Township, east of US 127.

Nothing says spring like the "conk-a-ree" call of a red-winged blackbird or the raucous sounds of a sandhill crane. Celebrate spring and explore Michigan's Wetlands with a birding tour at a Wetland Wonder or Signature Wetland near you! 

Highlights of the birding tours may include diving and dabbling ducks in full breeding plumage, trumpeter and tundra swans, osprey, bald eagles, sandhill cranes and much more! The tours will be led by DNR Wildlife Biologists and Technicians and volunteers from Ducks Unlimited and Audubon Clubs and may include a sneak peek driving tour into refuge areas that are normally closed.

If you have questions about bird tours, please contact the number of the office you'd like to reach as listed above. Most tours will meet at the area's headquarters building. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Spotting scopes are also helpful for long-range viewing. The ground may be quite muddy and wet, so plan to wear boots. 

Michigan's Wetland Wonders are the seven premier Managed Waterfowl Hunt Areas (MWHAs) in the state: Fennville Farm Unit at the Allegan State Game Area (Allegan County), Fish Point State Wildlife Area (Tuscola County), St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area on Harsens Island (St. Clair County), Muskegon County Wastewater Facility (Muskegon County), Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area (Bay County), Pointe Mouillee State Game Area (Monroe and Wayne counties) and Shiawassee River State Game Area (Saginaw County). To learn more about Michigan's Wetland Wonders, visit

Michigan's Signature Wetlands are extensively managed wetland habitats with excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing, hunting and other wildlife-based recreation. 



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