Fall 2007
Vol. 15 No. 3
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."- Rachel Carson

In this issue...

Reflections from the President

Thank you, 2007 Donors

Scouting Activities at the Nature Center


A Season is Ending

Did You Know?

Nature Area Bird Surveys

Membership Survey

Rachel Carson

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November 3
Annual Meeting
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December 22
Christmas Bird Count

9:00AM to 11:00 AM
Nature Area
COST $3.00
Chili Luncheon served
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November, 2007 to April, 2008

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Nature Area Bird Surveys
Compiled by Terry Laesser

Bird Survey 5/5/07

  1. Yellow Warbler/ Dendroica petechia
  2. Black-and-white Warbler/ Mniotilta vaia
  3. Cape May Warbler/ Dendroica tigrina
  4. American Goldfinch/ Carduelis tristis
  5. Eastern Kingbird/ Tyrannus tyrannus
  6. Warbling Vireo/ Vireo gilvus
  7. Red-tailed Hawk/ Buteo jamaicensis
  8. Killdeer/ Charadrius vociferous
  9. Red-winged Blackbird/ Agelainus phoeniceus
  10. Tree Swallow/ Iridoprocne bicolor
  11. White-throated Sparrow/ Zonotrichia albicollis
  12. American Robin/ Turdus migratorius
  13. Mallard ducks/ Anas platyrhynchos
  14. Wood ducks/ Aix sponsa
  15. Double-crested Cormorant/ Phalacrocorax auritus
  16. Common terns/ Sterna hirundo
  17. Ring-billed gulls/ Larus delawarensis
  18. Common Merganser/ Mergus merganser
  19. Starlings/ Sturnus vulgaris
  20. Turkey Vulture/ Cathartes cristata
  21. Blue Jay/ Cyanocitta aura
  22. Baltimore Oriole (aka Northern oriole)/ Icterus galbula
  23. Great Blue Heron/ Ardea herodias

Bird Survey 10/6/07

  1. Great blue Heron/ Ardea herodias
  2. Tree Swallow/ Iridoprocne bicolor
  3. Cardinal/ Cardinalis cardinalis
  4. Black-capped Chickadee/ Parus atricapillus
  5. Snowy Egret/ Egretta thula
  6. Eastern Kingbird/ Tyrannus tyrannus
  7. Downy Woodpecker/ Picoides pubescences
  8. Blue Jay/ Cyanocitta cristata
  9. Great Egret/ Casmerodius albus
  10. Wood Duck/ Aix sponsa
  11. Blue-winged warblers/ Vermivora pinus
  12. Baltimore Oriole/ Icterus galbula
  13. Red-eyed Vireo/ Vireo olivaceus
  14. American Robins/ Turdus migratorius
  15. Bald Eagle/ Hakiaeetus leucocephalus
  16. Double-crested cormorants/ Phalacrocorax auritus
  17. Osprey/ Pandion halietus
  18. Mallard ducks/ Anas platyrhynchus
  19. Red-wing Blackbird/ Agelaius phoeniceus
  20. House Finch/ Carpodacus mexicanus

Birds spotted throughout the year

  1. House Wren/ Troglodytes ardon
  2. Caspian Tern/ Sterna caspia
  3. Belted Kingfisher/ Magaceryle alcyon
  4. Red-shafted Flicker/ Colaptes auratus
  5. Cedar Waxwing/ Bombycilla cedrorum
  6. Harrier (Marsh Hawk)/ Circus cyaneus
  7. Song Sparrow/ Melospiza melodia

Other animals of note

  1. Whitetail deer/ Odocoileus virginianus
  2. Monarch Butterfly/ Danus plexippus
  3. Viceroy Butterfly/ Limenitis archippus
  4. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly/ Papilio glaucus
  5. Blue Damselfly/ Enallagma civile
  6. White-tailed Skimmer/ Plathemis lydia
  7. Various butterfly species
  8. Various dragonfly species
  9. Various damselfly species
  10. Eastern Fox Snake/ Elaphe vulpine gloydy
  11. Eastern Garter Snake/ Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis
  12. Black Rat Snake/ Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta
  13. Painted Turtle/ Chrysemas picta marginata
  14. Mink/ Mustela vision
  15. Ground hogs/ Marmota monax
  16. River otter/ Lutra canadensis
  17. Eastern coyote/ Canis latrans
  18. Muskrat/ Ondatra zibethicus
Bird surveys hosted by
Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy