March Birding Update

Check out our spring birding programs!

The full Spring 2019 Newsletter is about to hit your mailboxes! Below is a preview of all the spring Birding Programs on one sheet. Be sure to use it to update your calendars!

Download this as pdf by clicking here.

*NOTE: LAKESHORE BIRDING is on Saturday, May 4

Coffee with the Birds 2018/2019 Season Recap

Over the course of this winter and 4 Coffee with the Birds program dates we have hosted 293 people! In addition, we have sold 80 Mugs Memberships! Enjoy a few pictures from December’s program below.

Thank you to all of you for your support and remember to thank our sponsors as well when you visit them!

See you next December 14th for the next Coffee with the Birds program! In the mean time, take some great bird photos (in Ottawa County!) to submit for the Photo Contest when we promote it this fall.

Mug Club Memberships Still for Sale!

Even though the Coffee with the Birds program is over for the season, you can still show your support for the program and the Nature Education Center by purchasing your 2019 MUG CLUB mug! The mug features a bird-of-the-year, and membership will come with special bird-related perks through the year.

Membership: $25/person

Member Perks:
1) Limited edition mug
2) Members can keep their mug at the Nature Center for each Coffee with the Birds Program and for use with punch card
3) Hot Drink Punch Card: 10 free drinks
4)) Two Member-Only Bird Walks (Spring & Fall)

The 2018 Photo Contest winner “Orchard Oriole” by June Kuiper is featured on the mug.

There are a limited number of mugs available for sale. Purchase your membership online by clicking here. Or by calling the Nature Center at 616-786-4847! Mugs can be picked up at the Nature Center.

Birding in the Dominican Republic: An short story of coincidence!

This past February, Curtis Dykstra and his wife Bonnie took a trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. As is always the case when he travels, Curtis was on the lookout for birds!

The ironic twist to this story is that local birder and photographer, Emily Tornga and her husband Peter were also vacationing in Punta Cana at the same time! The four were able to get together for a day of guided birding in the National Park of the East with Explora Ecotour.

Broad-billed Tody

This species, endemic to the island of Hispaniola, was one of many sought after species for the trip.

About the Author

Jessica VanGinhoven

Jessica is the media contact for the Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Department:, (616) 994-4716