Thornapple Woodpecker Festival

Thornapple Woodpecker Festival Saturday, April 25, 2020 in Middleville. http://woodpeckerfest.webs.com/ A sub-committee of the IRS 501(c)3 all-volunteer Thornapple Trail Association.
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Operating as usual

05/24/2020

The Village of Middleville has closed the large steel railroad bridge that is 2.3 miles south of Main Street. The many logs jammed against it have bent it. If you sight along a side rail, you can see a bulge of over a foot in the middle. When the water goes down, they will have to inspect the bridge to see if it is safe. 😟

03/29/2020

2020 Woodpecker Fest is canceled. The Trail is still open. The situation changes almost daily.

03/07/2020

The Festival this year on Saturday, April 25, 2020, is canceled. Maybe next year will be another great event. The Festival was to have run from 7:00 am to noon. Meet at the Middleville Village Hall, 100 E. Main Street, for events and guided tours along the Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail. Golf cart rides are available for those who have mobility challenges. Birding presentations are scheduled for 8 am, 9 am, and 10 am, plus there will be ongoing exhibits in the Village Hall. Participants can also receive directions to visit the Grand Rapids Audubon Maher Sanctuary, located in northern Barry County. The Woodpecker Festival is a free event open to nature lovers of all ages.

For your information.
01/25/2020

For your information.

01/24/2020

Goose hunting season re-opens Saturday and runs through Feb 10. Wear Orange near water.

12/10/2019

Planning is beginning for the 10th annual Thornapple Woodpecker Festival on April 25, 2020.

Barry County  Parks and Barry County Birding will be putting out 22 Birding location signs in Barry County.
12/10/2019

Barry County Parks and Barry County Birding will be putting out 22 Birding location signs in Barry County.

Look for this new sign on our trails! The sign is signaling that the trial highlights the important habitats and birds around the county. The sign is near the entrance to the blue trail near the boardwalk area off of Cloverdale Rd. Look for more soon!

Click the link below for more information:

http://www.barrycounty.org/departments_and_officials/advisory_boards_and_commissions/parks_and_recreation/thornapple-birding-trail.php

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11/17/2019
For the birds: Illustrator David Sibley

For the birds: Illustrator David Sibley

One of the most respected and successful chroniclers of avian life has produced bestselling field guides for birdwatchers, covering more than 800 species

Fun bird tails for Halloween.
10/31/2019

Fun bird tails for Halloween.

Happy Halloween from the birds!
I've got two events coming up:
-This Saturday I'm at the Boston Book Fest, running a writing workshop for kids: https://sched.co/GzEd
-Oct 20-21, I'm at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo! Come say hi. http://www.micexpo.org/

For your information.
10/13/2019

For your information.

Did you know ants make up more than half the diet of a Pileated Woodpecker? Learn how they use their tongues to feast on the tiny insects: http://ow.ly/cZlw30pq8Da

A new way to upload and tag photos and sounds - eBird
09/14/2019
A new way to upload and tag photos and sounds - eBird

A new way to upload and tag photos and sounds - eBird

In November 2015, the Macaulay Library and eBird joined forces—creating a way for you to upload photos and sounds directly to eBird checklists and have them archived in the Macaulay Library. In these past ~4 years, eBirders have uploaded an incredible 13.5 million photos and 300,000 audio recordin...

Interesting information
09/01/2019

Interesting information

#FunFactFriday – “Is that a Hairy or a Downy Woodpecker?,” is a fairly common questions among bird watchers. To make matters more complicated, they both share the same range and often visit backyard suet or sunflower feeders. The two species can be notoriously hard to tell apart, but there are clues to help you distinguish one from the other. The Downy Woodpecker is small bird, a mere six inches tall, while the Hairy Woodpecker is much larger, more American Robin sized, at closer to nine inches. Another distinguishing characteristic is the bill. The bill of a Hairy Woodpecker is large, almost the length of its head, whereas a Downy’s is only about a third of the length of its small head. There are other helpful clues for the keen eyed birder, but it’s important to remember that Downy Woodpeckers are much more abundant than Hairy Woodpeckers, especially in suburbia. Don’t worry. It gets easier with practice! Down Woodpecker (left) photo by Adam Betuel. Hairy Woodpecker (right) photo by Iris Schumacher.

Paul Henry Thornapple Trail will be busy during Heritage Days in Middleville.   Join in the fun.
08/05/2019

Paul Henry Thornapple Trail will be busy during Heritage Days in Middleville. Join in the fun.

Woodpeckers are helping bring a forest back to life.
06/18/2019
Old Flames: The Tangled History of Forest Fires, Wildlife, and People

Woodpeckers are helping bring a forest back to life.

From the Summer 2019 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now. A yellow plastic sign stapled to a skinny black tree warned ENTERING BURN: STAY ON ROADS AND TRAILS. It was a classic June day in western Montana: 50 degrees and you judge how good the weather is by how hard the rain is beatin

Interesting Article on how Woodpeckers Evolved.
06/18/2019
Are Woodpeckers Evolving to Look Like Each Other? A New Study Says Yes

Interesting Article on how Woodpeckers Evolved.

From the Summer 2019 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now. Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers are a classic case of confusing species. Both woodpeckers sport similar black-and-white plumages, males of both species don a red mark on the back of their heads, and the two species’ habitats and r

Information to share
06/14/2019
Birdwatching Guide - Birding Information For Everyone

Information to share

Birdwatching Guide for the Whole Family Birdwatching – otherwise known as birding – can be fun for everyone in the family. Now, unless you’re part of the ‘birder’ world, you’d think it was a quiet little activity that some people pursue if they’re not content just looking at the birds ...

ASK, Audubon society of Kalamazoo announced in their June 2019 the following information:
06/06/2019

ASK, Audubon society of Kalamazoo announced in their June 2019 the following information:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
05/22/2019

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Here’s a great Downy Woodpecker (left) and Hairy Woodpecker (right) comparison shot. Note that the Hairy is not only larger, but also has a longer bill in relation to its head. The red on the head of the Hairy indicates that it is a male. Thanks to Karen Cook for this great lineup in Kingston, Nova Scotia. Here’s more on the differences: https://feederwatch.org/learn/tricky-bird-ids/downy-woodpecker-and-hairy-woodpecker/

Check Barn Owls
05/20/2019
National Audubon Society

Check Barn Owls

Barred Owls are the most vocal owls in North America. Have you heard any of these calls in the wild?

New ap for finding birds.
05/20/2019

New ap for finding birds.

Don’t miss a single bird this spring. With the Audubon Bird Guide app’s new bird alert feature, you can easily find out when the birds you want to see are near you. Try it out now! https://www.audubon.org/app

04/28/2019
Fauna Creative

Fauna Creative

We're proud to present our film, The Fight for Flight. This was one of the biggest efforts we made in 2018 to make something we care about. It should be no secret that science, nature and conservation are core to Fauna's values. With this film, we looked to embody those values by diving into a local natural phenomenon that has fascinated us for years - the annual songbird migration. It's easy to overlook this. If you don't know when and where to look or what to look for, you'd never notice it happening. This is an epic natural occurrence that can easily be under appreciated. This film is our way of shining light on one of the Great Lakes region's most fascinating natural stories. Enjoy!

https://vimeo.com/284653269

#nationalbirdday #naturefilm #greatlakes #michigan #wisconsin #science #nature #conservation

9th Annual Thornapple Woodpecker Festival was success.
04/27/2019

9th Annual Thornapple Woodpecker Festival was success.

Trojan swan spotted.
04/26/2019

Trojan swan spotted.

04/26/2019
Nature Heaven

Tomorrow April 27, 2019 is the Thornapple Woodpecker Festival in downtown Middleville. Come join us from 8 a.m to 12 noon. Free of charge.

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The tenth annual festival will be April 25, 2020. Middleville has all 6 eastern US woodpeckers. and lots of other birds and flowers along the Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail, called Michigan's most beautiful rail trail.

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