Harbor Country Birding
In testing your birding knowledge, what is the state bird of Michigan? If you guessed the Robin, you are correct. The American Robin, also known as the North American Robin, was actually elected as the state bird in 1931 by the Michigan Audobon Society.
With its rich and diverse forests, wetlands, and wooded dunes, Harbor Country and neighboring areas are home to 353 bird species. Covering a variety of habitats and proximity to Lake Michigan’s southern end, there is a very active birding community in Harbor Country.
Michiganders and Midwesterners have found many species in Berrien County. In addition to the spectacular locations listed below, visit Chikaming Township Park and Nature Preserve, Harbert Road Preserve, Robinson Preserve and Grand Beach Marsh.
Find out more about these parks and fly on over to our Parks of Harbor Country page. Stop by the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce for the Berrien County Birding Destinations brochure, free of charge. Grab your walking shoes, camera and binoculars and come see the all that Harbor Country has to offer in bird watching.
1. New Buffalo Public Beach –loons, grebes, geese, ducks, gulls, terns, Purple Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstones, Snowy Owl, shorebirds
2. Galien River County Park – warblers, songbirds
3. Union Pier Overlook – loons, grebes, ducks, diving ducks, Red-throated Loon, Harlequin Duck scoters
4. Lakeside Overlook – loons, grebes, ducks
5. Forest Lawn Road Floodplain and Kesling Nature Preserve – woodland species and spring migrants, Yellow-throated warblers, Cerulean Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Red-shouldered Hawk.
6. Three Oaks Water Treatment Ponds – waterfowl, migrant shorebirds, Purple Martins, Little Blue Heron, Hudsonian Godwit, Arctic Tern, Little Gull, Parasitic Jaeger, Yellow- headed Blackbird
7. Warren Woods State Park – woodland species, warblers, Hooded Warblers, Cerulean Warblers, Louisiana Waterthrush, Pileated Woodpecker(very elusive),Barred Owls
8. Warren Dunes State Park – waterfowl, gulls, terns, shorebirds, migrant warblers like Hooded and Canada, Prairie Warblers, Worm-eating Warblers, Summer Tanagers.
To obtain a copy of the Berrien Country Birding Destinations, stop in at the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce office or call (269) 471-2617 to receive a copy by mail.
Funding for the Berrien Country Birding Destinations provided by:
The Pokagon Fund
Frederick S. Upton Foundations
Michigan State University Extension
Berrien Community Foundation
Berrien County Parks
Sarett Nature Center
Fernwood Botanical Gardens
Berrien Birding Club
David & Joyce Stewart Fund of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation