8th Annual Thornapple Woodpecker Festival

April 28, 2018


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Eighth Annual Festival

Posted by Cal on February 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The eighth annual Thornapple Woodpecker Festival is scheduled for April 28, 2018. This year ,we will have the sponsorship and assistance of the Grand Rapids Audubon Club.

You may walk down the trail any time, going 1 mile north or 3 miles south. Sign in at the Registration Booth in the Pavilion. There will be birding experts available, if you would like a tour guide.

•The 1922 Train Depot on the north trail is open, with train expert docents available to give you the history.

•Crafters and Exhibits will be in the Pavilion across the street from the Village Hall.

•Restrooms and drinking fountains in the Village Hall are open during the day.

•Golf cart shuttles will cruise the trail and you may obtain a golf cart pass for a donation.

•The Village Hall will have Seminars, Silent Auction and Exhibits from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

•Parking is behind the Village Hall, or on the street.


9:00 a.m. Golf cart rides begin and run every 30 minutes from the Pavilion.

9:00 a.m. Walking birding tours begin at the Pavilion, on the hour until 2 p.m.

9:00 a.m. Craft show and exhibit is open in Pavillion until 3:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. Depot ( Railroad Street) opens for tours until 3:00 p.m.


(In Village Hall, 100 E Main St, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.)

9:00 a.m. Registration, Woodpecker Exhibits, Information and Silent Auction

9:00 a. m. Beginning Birding Seminar – Cal and Jean Lamoreaux

10:00 a.m. Nature Photography - Michael DeBoer

11:00 a.m. Michigan Bluebird Society talk.

1:00 p.m. More Advanced Birding Seminar with birding apps

1:00 p.m. talk TBA

2:00 p.m. Silent Auction closes

3:00 p.m. End of Festival

Festival results, 2017

Posted by Cal on April 29, 2017 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Over 60 people participated in the seventh annual Thornapple Woodpecker Festival. Although the weather looked threatening, the rain held off and the light was pretty good.

We saw 37 species of birds. They were Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Wood Duck, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Killdeer, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Belted Kingfisher, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Warbling Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Tufted Titmouse, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Baltimore Oriole, House Sparrow.

In addition, Friday, folks saw 4 additional species:  Brown-headed Cowbird, Black-capped Chicadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Rock Dove.

Speaker - Holly Vaughn, MDNR

Posted by Cal on April 25, 2017 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Owls are fascinating creatures! In this program, we’ll learn about at the 11 species of owl that can be found here in Michigan. We’ll talk about their biology and behavior and even delve into their diet by picking apart some owl pellets to see what they’ve been eating!

Holly Vaughn is the Wildlife Communications Coordinator for Southern Michigan with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. She is based out of the Detroit Metro Customer Service Center in Detroit. Holly loves to educate people about Michigan wildlife. She has a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife and an MS in Park, Recreation and Tourism Resources from MSU. Holly is an avid birder and is the Vice President of the Macomb Audubon Society.

Speaker - Michael W. DeBoer

Posted by Cal on April 17, 2016 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The images I photograph are of non-captive wildlife of the greater Grand Rapids area.

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, I have spent a major part of my life enjoying the outdoors and the creatures who call it home in this area. I hope when you visit my images you feel the same passion I do for the great gift of nature surrounding us every day.