8th Annual Thornapple Woodpecker Festival

April 28, 2018


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8th annual festival

Posted by Cal on November 23, 2017 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The eighth annual Thornapple Woodpecker Festival is being planned for April 28, 2018.

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.

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. Michigan Owls - Holly Vaughn

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