Sunrise Coast Birding Trail

The Sunrise Coast Birding Trail endorses the American Birding Association code of ethics and encourages all visitors to do the same!

 

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Free map guides also available at local tourism bureaus.

Look for the Sunrise Coast Birding Trail signs at official locations! 

Birding Trail Official Signs

Sunrise Coast Birding Trail

Remarkable habitat along Michigan's Sunrise Coast from the AuSable River to the Mackinac Bridge

The Sunrise Coast Birding Trail incorporates 145 miles along U.S. 23. The trail takes flight at the mouth of the famed AuSable River in Oscoda and wings its way north all along the Lake Huron coast to Mackinaw City. Birders will delight in observing the  common, threatened , or endangered birds  of our coastal and inland locations. The unique  Kirtland's Warbler U.S. Forest Service managed habitat west of Oscoda is a destination  where one may get a memorable glimpse of this highly vulnerable and protected  species. The endangered  Great Lakes Piping Plover also nests here along the northern  shores of Lake Huron  which  provide critical habitat for this fragile species. The spring Raptor Watch at the Straits of Mackinaw will thrill observers as thousands of these birds cross the Straits during seasonal migrations. Enjoy the journey as you travel this N.E. corridor  of our great state. 

Piping Plover by Phil Odum
Piping Plover by Phil Odum
Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird by Arno Poerner
Sanderlings by Phil Odum
Sanderlings by Phil Odum
Iceland gull by Phil Odum
Iceland gull by Phil Odum
Cedar waxwing by Phil Odum
Cedar waxwing by Phil Odum
Trumpeter swan by Phil Odum
Trumpeter swan by Phil Odum
Greater yellowlegs by Phil Odum
Greater yellowlegs by Phil Odum
Piping Plover by Phil Odum
Piping Plover by Phil Odum
Rough-legged Hawk  by Phil Odum
Rough-legged Hawk by Phil Odum
Greater yellowlegs by Phil Odum
Greater yellowlegs by Phil Odum
Northern Flicker by Sandra Adair
Northern Flicker by Sandra Adair
Peregrine falcon by Phil Odum
Peregrine falcon by Phil Odum
Least sandpiper by Phil Odum
Least sandpiper by Phil Odum
Harlequin duck by Phil Odum
Harlequin duck by Phil Odum
Red-winged Blackbird by Sandra Adair
Red-winged Blackbird by Sandra Adair
Red-headed Woodpecker by Phil Odum
Red-headed Woodpecker by Phil Odum
Redhead ducks by Phil Odum
Redhead ducks by Phil Odum
Northern Lights by Phil Odum
Northern Lights by Phil Odum
Covered bridge in Alpena by Karen Tetzlaff
Covered bridge in Alpena by Karen Tetzlaff
Golden Eagle by Steve Baker
Golden Eagle by Steve Baker
Upland Sandpiper by Roger Eriksson
Upland Sandpiper by Roger Eriksson
By Steve Baker
Virginia rail by Phil Odum
Virginia rail by Phil Odum
Kirtland's Warbler by George Falkenhagen
Kirtland's Warbler by George Falkenhagen
Northern Parula by Phil Odum
Northern Parula by Phil Odum
Yellow breasted chat by Phil Odum
Yellow breasted chat by Phil Odum
Trumpeter Swans by Peggy Ridgway
Trumpeter Swans by Peggy Ridgway
Piping plover by Phil Odum
Piping plover by Phil Odum
Trumpeter Swans by Brandon Schroeder
Trumpeter Swans by Brandon Schroeder
Red-tailed hawk by Brandon Schroeder
Red-tailed hawk by Brandon Schroeder
Great Egret by Sandra Adair
Great Egret by Sandra Adair
Sandhill Cranes by Arno Poerner
Sandhill Cranes by Arno Poerner
Blackburnian Warbler by Phil Odum
Blackburnian Warbler by Phil Odum
Hooded Merganser by Phil Odum
By Brandon Schroeder
By Brandon Schroeder
Eagle by Matt Hegwood
Eagle by Matt Hegwood
Mallard
Mallard by Debbie Schirmer
Black Capped Chickadee
Black Capped Chickadee by Phil Odum
Mink
Mink by Phil Odum
Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier by Phil Odum
 
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Kirtland's Warbler Tours

(download info sheet for all Kirtland's Warbler Tours)

 

Kirtland's Warbler Festival

June 4 in Roscommon

 

Grayling:

May 15 - July 4 weekend

 

Mio:

May 15-31

 

Oscoda:

June 3 - July 3 (Fri, Sat, Sun only)

 


 

Visit the HawkCount website to view Hawkwatch results! 

 

Visit the following Piping Plover websites!

Website - www.glpipl.wordpress.com

Twitter - @GLPIPL - www.twitter.com/GLPIPL

Facebook - GLPIPL - www.facebook.com/GLPIPL

 


 

Sunrise Coast Birding Partners


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