New Birding Trail to be dedicated on Michigan’s East Coast
The Sunrise Coast Birding Trail (SCBT) is a grassroots effort by three Michigan Audubon chapters- AuSable Valley Audubon, Thunder Bay Audubon Society and Straits Area Audubon Society. The focus of the trail is to offer public access and information to some of the best birding hot spots in Northeast Michigan. The trail also offers an additional tourist attraction to the Sunrise Side.
The new trail begins at Shoreline Park in Oscoda, near the mouth of the AuSable River. The trail then follows nearly 150 miles of the Lake Huron coast to Mackinaw City. Twenty- eight birding sites in the region are highlighted. Maps with directions and descriptions will be available in mid-April. They will be available at various places along the route such as Chambers of Commerce, lodging facilities, restaurants, and travel centers. Metal signs identifying sites or travel directions to various locations will make it easy for the visitor to follow. See the example at the right.
More information is available through the Michigan Audubon’s “Go Birding” page, Heritage 23’s page at www.sunrisecoastbirding.org, and Michigan DNR’s page on Michigan Birding Trails (we now have five) at DNR > Wildlife & Habitat > Viewing Wildlife > Birding Trails.
Trail dedication will take place in three locations, Oscoda, Alpena, and Mackinaw City on May 2. See the Sunrise Coast link above for more information.