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Spring Migration Bird Bonanza

Celebrating Birds and the Wonders of Our Natural World

Join us on May 18th as we celebrate all things birds! Participants will have the opportunity to go on guided birding hikes or an accessible birding tour with local birding experts. Participants can meet and learn about a few of Blandford’s wildlife ambassador birds, and learn about wildlife photography from award-winning photographer Steve Jessmore. Steve will also have prints available for sale in the Visitor Center. 

Grand Rapids AudubonFriends of Grand Rapids ParksGR OutsideThe Land Conservancy of West MichiganMSU Extension 4-H and C4 will all be attending this event with yard games, free tree saplings, bird activities, and information and additional resources about their organizations. For our young birders, we will have a bird listening station and bird coloring sheets in the Learning Lab, and a bird craft in the schoolhouse!

This event also includes the opportunity for shopping with books from Books & MortarQuerkus Creative, and coffee from Relation Coffee Co

Event Schedule

Wildlife Presentation*: 11:30am – Noon
Wildlife Photography Presentation with Steve Jessmore*: 12:30pm-1:30pm
*Presentations will take place in the Mary Jane Dockeray Visitor Center Auditorium

Birding Hikes & Tours (30 min) let by GR Audubon Club:

**Tours will go out to The Highlands following our paved pathway, suitable for those with mobility challenges (0.9 miles).

Members: $10.40
Non-Members: $13
Children 2 & Under: Free
Pre-registration is available for this event, but not required.

Cancellation Policy:  No refunds available for this event. If you are unsure if you will be able to attend the event, please plan to purchase tickets at the event. All Community Programs will be held unless there is severe weather, in which case you will receive a full registration refund. Please come prepared for the elements as refunds are not available for weather-related conditions except in the case of severe weather and you have been contacted that the program has been canceled.

Please Note: This program will take place indoors and outdoors. In the event of severe weather, the program will be canceled and participants will be notified of their refund options.

Blandford Nature Center partners with groups like the Grand Rapids Audubon Club to support our mission to engage and empower our community through enriching experiences in nature. We are aware of the broader conversations about the impact of John James Audubon’s legacy on today’s diverse birding community and are committed to ensuring an inclusive and welcoming experience for all program participants.

Accessibility information:

The accessible trail:  
The hike will take place on Blandford’s 1-mile accessible trail, which takes you through the woods of Blandford and over into the Highlands! The accessible trail is completely paved and can easily accommodate all wheelchairs. Benches are also available along the length of the trail if rest breaks are needed throughout the hike.  

There are eight accessible parking spaces, two of which can accommodate vans. The parking lot is a well maintained, paved surface with minimal cracks and bumps. Curb cuts are present to provide access from the parking lot to the sidewalk.  There will be an accessible drop off area during this event in the case that all accessible parking spaces have been filled.

The main entrance to the Visitor Center has a push button automatic door entry with a 0.5-inch metal slope threshold. Entryways have been measured to ensure mobility devices can easily fit through them.  

There is one accessible stall in both the men’s and women’s restrooms inside the Visitor Center. Stall size, toilet and sink heights, and entryway widths have all been measured to ensure ease of access for visitors. All-gender bathrooms are not provided at this location. There is one accessible portable toilet in the parking lot of the Highlands if needed. 

Accessibility Equipment:

We have Accessibility Equipment that can be checked out on a first-come, first-served basis for free. The following items are included:

  • 2 walkers
  • 1 electric mobility scooter
  • 1 adult wheelchair
  • 1 children’s all-terrain wheelchair (GRIT)

Equipment Check-out Process:

  • Blandford staff will explain some basic elements of the equipment and provide a “Quick Start Guide” to the borrower.
  • Borrowers must give a set of keys to staff to hold for the duration of equipment use. The keys will be placed in an envelope with the borrower’s name and held in the safe.  
  • As the borrower, you must review and sign the Release Agreement prior to leaving the Visitor Center. Please note that if the person using the equipment is under the age of 18 or not their own guardian, the signature of either a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18 is required.


May 18 2024


9:00 am - 1:30 pm


Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI
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