Bird and Wildlife Conservation - Nature Education - Outdoor Recreation
The Audubon Society of Kalamazoo values its birding areas and does not condone the use of any device used to entice birds into view. We appreciate your cooperation in protecting our birds in this regard.
Kleinstuck Preserve - City of Kalamazoo
From the I-94/Oakland Dr. exit (#75) drive north on Oakland Drive about 1 3/4 miles and turn right at Chevy Chase; drive 1/4 mile and park on the street at the bottom of the hill. Kleinstuck is the place to be in spring, from the first of April to late May, with the peak late April and early May, before trees leaf out. Take the trail behind the guardrail; this meets the main loop trail that goes around the wetland. There are several side trails as well. In 31 years of spring surveys 205 species have been recorded, including 38 warbler species. On a good day in May 60-70 species can be found. Fall and winter can also be pretty good.
Asylum Lake Preserve - City of Kalamazoo
From US 131, take Stadium Dr. east about 1 1/4 miles. Turn right at Rambling Rd. (stop light). Follow Rambling Road about ¾ of a mile and turn right onto Winchell Ave. The entrance is just under two miles on Winchell Ave. and is on the left. Park along the street. Habitats include lake, deciduous woods, restored native grassland and some marsh area. Many trails. Due to the variety of habitats bird diversity is often good from spring through fall, though spring has the largest number and variety.
Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery - M-43 and Fish Hatchery Road
Located on M-43 about six miles west of the M-43/ US-131 interchange. Turn left at Fish Hatchery Rd. and park at the Visitor Center. Walk the dikes of the ponds behind the Visitor Center. Best in spring and late summer-early winter for ducks and other migrants. Shorebirds are mainly found in spring and late summer through fall when and if a pond is drawn down. The shrubby dikes and edge of woods hosts a number of migrant songbirds. In recent years 196 species have been recorded here, including almost 30 species of warblers.
West Lake Nature Preserve - City of Portage
Located near the intersection of South Westnedge Avenue and South Shore Drive. Drive 3 2/3 miles south of I-94 on S. Westnedge to South Shore Dr. (about 1 1/4 miles south of Center St.), turn left and park in parking lot. Shallow pond, marsh, deciduous woods, nice tamarack bog with boardwalk and a view of west side of West Lake. Spring and fall can be good for waterbirds.
Kal-Haven Trail State Park - North 10th Street
10th St. is the first traffic light on M-43 west of the M-43/US-131 interchange. Drive north on 10th St. about 1 3/4 miles and the entrance will be on the left. A good stretch of diverse habitats is from the trailhead to the 8th St. marsh, about 5 miles round trip. Additionally, the trail can be accessed from most intersections all the way to South Haven. There is no access fee. The trail is mostly wooded and/or shrubby. Good for perching birds. In recent years 156 species, including 30 warbler species, have been recorded from the first 2.5 miles of the trail.
Portage Creek Bicentennial Pathway - City of Portage
Off South Westnedge Avenue on Garden Lane. Main entrance: Take South Westnedge 1 3/4 miles south of I-94 to Garden Lane and turn east. Parking area is 1/4 mile on the left. Paved pathway along Portage Creek, about 3 miles round trip. Lots of wet, shrubby habitat. In nice weather it is best to go early. May be busy late in the day. Mostly perching birds and is best from spring through fall.