7th Annual Thornapple Woodpecker Festival

April 29, 2017


Information about the Thornapple Woodpecker Festival

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MDNR and Audubon Great Lakes announce new partnership and joint position

Posted by Cal on April 19, 2017 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Audubon Great Lakes announce new partnership and joint position 

A joint position, which has been filled by former Audubon Important Bird Areas program coordinator Caleb Putnam, has been tasked with establishing a new conservation outreach program in Michigan with a special focus on birds.

Putnam has worked for Audubon since 2006, overseeing the identification and protection of 102 Important Bird Areas throughout Michigan. These areas are sites critical to the long-term conservation of birds. He brings a wealth of experience in the birding and bird conservation communities, as well as a diverse background in ornithology and wildlife management.

“I’m extremely excited to work on behalf of both organizations to engage the public in conversations related to bird conservation across various landscapes, including state-managed land,” said Putnam.

See more at http://www.michigan.gov/som/0,4669,7-192-47796-397249--,00.html 

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.

Speaker - Caleb Putnam, MDNR

Posted by Cal on February 26, 2016 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Caleb is well known as an IBA (Important Birding Area) coordinator for the National Audubon Society and a monitor for eBird. He will tell us of his research on Black Terns and other seabirds in Michigan.

General info 2017

Posted by Cal on December 10, 2015 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)


General info

•You may walk down the trail any time. There will be birding experts available, if you would like a Tour Guide.

•There is a new 0.9 mile section of the Paul Henry Thornapple Trail now open, heading north past the Train Depot.

•The 1902 Train Depot is open with train expert docents available to give you the history of the trains.

•Crafters and Exhibits will be in the new pavilion across the street from the Village Hall. Crafter's registration form is here.

•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 9a.m. to 3 p.m.

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


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9 a.m. Golf cart rides begin and run every 15 minutes from the Pavilion

9 a.m. Walking birding tours begin at the Pavilion

9 a.m. Craft show and exhibit opens 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.)

8:30 a.m. Registration, Woodpecker Exhibits, Information and Silent Auction

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

10:00 a.m. Terns and conservation outreach - Caleb Putnam

11:00 a.m. Nature Photography - Michael DeBoer

1:00 p.m. More Advanced Birding Seminar with Birding Aps

2:00 p.m. Nature Photography - Michael DeBoer

2:30 p.m. Silent Auction Closes

3:00 p.m. End of Festival