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Birding Eaton County: Hotspots near Charlotte & Lansing

 

(A) Hunters Orchard Park ★★

Hunters Orchard Park comprises small meadows and riparian woodlands. The Grand River flows by the park's northern and eastern boundaries. Visiting birders should look for Eastern Bluebirds and Eastern Meadowlarks.

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(B) Capital City Bird Sanctuary & Park ★★

Located next to the Grand River, Capital City Bird Sanctuary is a new nature preserve that opened in the fall of 2013. Across the road from the sanctuary, Hawk Meadows Park features multiple trails which wind through a forest alongside several large fields. There is a large pond on the north side of the park. Horned Larks, Eastern Meadowlarks, and Eastern Kingbirds are common sightings at both of the Lansing area parks.

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(C) Grand Woods Park ★★

Covering 128-acres of riparian habitat on the banks of the Grand River, a visit to Grand Woods Park is an excellent choice for birders with active families. The park features a playground, nature trail, disc golf course, volleyball court, remote-control race car track, and a softball field. There are restrooms available. During the winter months, the river’s open water is a good place to look for Common Goldeneyes, Buffleheads, and other ducks.

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(D) Woldumar Nature Center ★★

Popular as a tourist destination, Woldumar Nature Center attracts over 40,000 visitors every year. Featuring 1.25 miles of the Grand River shoreline, Woldumar’s 5 miles of trails provide visitors with a chance to search many types of habitat for birds, including pine forest, prairie meadows, and riparian woodlands. Currently the rules permit leashed dogs on the 178-acre park’s walking paths, and ban the use of bikes.

Website: woldumar.org | Map: Click here
Fees: $1 donation for non-members
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(E) Witt Sod Farm ★

Located on both sides of the Davis Highway, Witt Sod Farm gives birders an excellent place to look for migrating shorebirds. Notable species sighted at the farm include Spotted Sandpipers, Semipalmated Sandpipers, American Golden-plovers, Pectoral Sandpipers, and both kinds of yellowlegs.

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(F) Potterville Wastewater Ponds ★

The Potterville sewage lagoons offer great opportunities to see waterfowl and shorebirds during spring migration. Birds regularly found at the ponds include swallows, hawks, and sandpipers. Occasionally, a rare gull will make an appearance.

To visit the ponds, talk to the gatekeeper and request permission to enter. For weekend access, stop by City Hall during business hours in Potterville at 319 Nelson Street and request a permit.

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(G) Olivet Sewage Ponds (Rest. Access) ★

The Olivet Sewage Ponds can be accessed from the end of a dirt road, next to a football field. During migration, many kinds of sandpipers and ducks can be seen at the lagoons, which consist of four large ponds. Be sure to request permission before birding the area.

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