10th Annual Thornapple Woodpecker Festival

- - - Maybe- - April, 2023


Information about the Thornapple Woodpecker Festival

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10th Annual

Posted by Cal on March 29, 2020 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (96)

The 2022 event is postponed to maybe 2023. The trail is still open for birding. The MDNR has closed picnic shelters and toilets at state parks, fishing sites, etc. But most Michigan trails are still open, and somewhat busy on weekends. Of course, the situation changes  weekly..

2019 Schedule

Posted by Cal on February 7, 2019 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The Ninth Annual Thornapple Woodpecker Festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2019.   

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

•The Conference room in the Village Hall will offer exhibits including a display of Michael DeBoer’s nature photography

7:00 a.m. - throughout day, restrooms and drinking fountain are available in the Village Hall

• The Village Hall will have Seminars and Exhibits from 7:00 a.m. to noon,

• Free parking is available behind the Village Hall, or on the street.

• Trail transportation is available for folks with limited mobility.

Schedule of Events:

7:00 am -noon: the paved trail will have roving and stationary guides and spotting scopes

8:00 am – noon: the paved trail will offer motored cart rides to those needing help with trail mobility

Speakers will offer a 45 minute presentation in the Village Hall Main Hall:

    8:00 am Bird Identification and using eBird : Cal and Jean Lamoreaux

    9:00 am Bird and Nature Photography: Michael DeBoer

    10:00 am Kirtland's Warbler- An Endangered Species Act Success Story: Bill Sweetman

    11:00 am Michigan Bluebird Society: Kurt Hagemeister

Supporting organizations: Middleville DDA, Barry County Bird Club,

Speakers 2019

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

Speakers Information:

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.

Bill Sweetman is a retired teacher, having taught for forty-three years at all levels, junior high through college. His interest in birds spans more than fifty years. Growing up in New Jersey, he became interested in birds at a young age. Bill is a member of the American Birding Association, National and Grand Rapids Audubon. He enjoys participating in local birding projects, reporting to eBird and leading birding field trips and tours, nationally and internationally Until recently he conducted a Breeding Bird Survey route for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service in Wexford County. He is a frequent field trip leader for Grand Rapids Audubon and for the CALL (seniors) program at Calvin College. Upon retirement in 2001, he developed Bsweettours LLC, an ecotourism business, leading several tours a year to birding hotspots throughout the United States and Costa Rica.

President Kurt Hagemeister, "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


Festival results, 2017 &2018

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


About 150 attended

Although it was brisk temperature-wise in the morning and fairly windy during the day, the participants reported seeing 55 species, including all five woodpecker species


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 Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Rock Dove.