8th Annual Thornapple Woodpecker Festival

April 28, 2018


Information about the Thornapple Woodpecker Festival

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Speakers' Presentations

Posted by Cal on April 12, 2018 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

All Lectures will take place in the Village Hall, 100 E Main St. Middleville MI 49333

9:00 am to 9:45 am – Beginning Birding with Aps and Software Information. Presented by Cal and Jean Lamoreaux, founders of the Thornapple Woodpecker Festival.

10:00 am to 10:45 am – Wildlife Photography Tips Presentation. Presented by Michael DeBoer

11:00 am to 11:45 am – Michigan Bluebird Society Presents How to Improve Nesting Success of the Eastern Bluebirds and Other Cavity-Nesting Birds. Presented by: Kurt Hagemeister and Jonathan Morgan

12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm - Lunch time or visit craft area.

1:00 pm to 1:45 pm – Woodpeckers: Pecking Out a Living. Presented by: Curtis Dykstra, Ottawa County Parks and Recreation

2:00 pm to 2:45 pm – Do Birds Fly Into Your Windows? Learn tricks to stop. Presented by: Gail Walter, Kalamazoo Audubon Society and Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy

Across East Main Street from the Village Hall is the new pavilion where the craft show and information booths will be. This is along the Paul Henry – Thornapple Trail that is paved for 5 miles, 4 miles south and 1 mile north. This is also part of the North Country National Scenic Trail. Next to the trail is the Thornapple River, which is a major tributary of the Grand River that flows to Lake Michigan. On the north section of the trail is a 1922 Train Depot that is exactly the way it was built and is open for the festival. There are boutiques and resturants open for your enjoyment on Main Street to the east. On M-37 at the traffic light to the west, there are resturants going north. Enjoy your visit to Middleville and make it a destination spot for birding and enjoying the natural beauty trail.

Speaker information

Posted by Cal on April 11, 2018 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Cal Lamoreaux and Jean Lamoreaux are founders of the Thornapple Woodpecker Festival and are members of the Grand Rapids Audubon Club, Kalamazoo Audubon Society and Life Members of the Michigan Audubon Society. They participate in the Christmas Bird Count in Kalamazoo County, where Cal has done it for over 50 years.

Michael DeBoer was born and raised in Grand Rapids . He has spent the major part of his life enjoying the outdoors and the creatures who call it home in this area. The images he photographs are of non captive wildlife in their natural habitat in the greater Michigan area. I hope when you view the imagtes you will feel the same passion for the great gift of nature surrounding us every day.

President Kurt Hagemeister and Jonathon Morgan , "The mission of Michigan Bluebird Society is to improve nesting success of Eastern Bluebirds and other cavity-nesting birds in the State of Michigan, through education of members and the public, as well as promoting active nest-box management and habitat improvement."

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, affiliated with the North American Bluebird Society.

More information is available at: www.MichiganBluebirds.org

Curtis Dykstra has been a Park’s Naturalist with Ottawa County Parks since 2013. He helps organize and present the educational programming out of the Hemlock Crossing Nature Education Center in West Olive. Born and raised in West Michigan, Curtis has a degree in Environmental Studies from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa and has been a teacher, State Park Ranger in North Carolina and Outdoor Educator at Camp Roger in Rockford, MI. He is an avid birder and enjoys sharing this passion with others.

Gail Walter. Gail is a retired veterinary clinical pathologist and is a volunteer with several local conservancy organizations. She is a current board member of the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy and the Professional and Executive Association of Kalamazoo, a former board member and President of the Audubon Society of Kalamazoo, and is a member of the Kalamazoo Environmental Concerns Committee, Wild Ones Native Landscapers, and Michigan Botanical Club. She has been the driving force behind the Peregrine Falcon Cam in downtown Kalamazoo and serves as the liaison between the Peregrines and the building owners and tenants, the media, the DNR, and the public. Gail and her husband Tom Nehil are active hikers, cross country skiers, birders, and canoers.

Eighth Annual Festival

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

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 Pavilion until 3:00 p.m.

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

Speakers programs

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.