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Birding

During the annual spring migration (between mid-April and the middle of May) many migratory birds congregate along the region’s islands and peninsulas to rest on their on their way north. The Traverse City area has an astoundingly diverse array of natural habitats -- all located fairly close to one another, and almost all on public land to which birders have easy access. One good spot is Lighthouse Park at the tip of the Old Mission Peninsula -- a fantastic place to find spring shorebirds during the spring migration, when exposed mudflats near the lighthouse attract a spectacular variety of sandpipers and plovers. (In recent years, there have been whimbrels, phalaropes, willets, red knots, and Black-Crowned Night Heron, as well as occasional large flocks of Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspurs.)

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