7th Annual Thornapple Woodpecker Festival

April 29, 2017


Information about the Thornapple Woodpecker Festival

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Speaker - Michael W. DeBoer

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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 - Keith Kintigh, MDNR

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Keith Kintigh has been chasing wild things in wild places for as long as he can remember. He has been lucky enough to make a profession out of this pursuit for most of his adult life. Keith’s adventures have led him and his family to New Mexico and the Upper Peninsula before they established roots in the glacial moraines of northwest lower Michigan. For the last 15 years, he has worked for the MI Department of Natural Resources. Keith lives with a very patient wife and 1 of his 3 children who has yet to reach adulthood.

Talk #1

“Doctor-Explorers, Teenage Murderers, Bird-Crazy Dentists, and Obsessed Biologist: the Story of Kirtland’s Warbler Conservation”

The tale of the Kirtland’s warbler is a rich and colorful one. Join Keith Kintigh, MDNR Wildlife Ecologist, to learn about this bird’s incredibly rich history; a history interwoven with tropical exploration, mystery, murder, passion and obsession and the beginnings of the field of conservation biology. Keith will also discuss the current status of the Kirtland’s warbler and the challenges that managers face as we move to reconsider the Endangered Species Act listing status of this conservation-reliant species.

Talk #2

“Beware the Talons: The Forest-Dwelling Raptors of Northern Michigan.”

Thirty-six of the 63 North American raptor species are classified as forest-dwelling raptors. As top carnivores, raptors are viewed as barometers of environmental health. In Michigan, most of our resident and migratory hawk and owl species are considered forest-dwelling. Join Keith Kintigh, MDNR Wildlife Ecologist to learn more about Michigan’s forest-dwelling raptors including Northern Goshawk, Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Merlin, American Kestrel, Long-eared Owl, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Great Gray Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, and Northern Saw-whet Owl.

General info 2016

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You may walk down the trail any time. Most birders just cover the first half mile of trail.

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 Hall will have crafter and bird-related exhibits from 9 to 4.

Parking is behind the Village Hall.

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8:30 a.m. Golf cart rides begin and run every 15 minutes

8:30 a.m. Walking birding tours begin at Gazebo

8:30 a.m. Craft show and exhibit opens in Pavillion until 4:00 p.m.

8:45 a.m. Plein Air Artists of West Michigan meet at Pavillion and disperse in area.

11:00 a.m. Depot ( Railroad Street) opens for tours until 5:00 p.m.

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Programs (In Village Hall 100 E Main St. from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.)

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

10:00 a.m. Kirtland Warbler - Keith Kintigh

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

1:00 p.m. Beware of Talons - Keith Kintigh

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

2:30 Plein Air Artists meet in Pavillion to critique paintings.

3:30 p.m. Silent Auction Closes