Field Trip #2: McCauley’s Point, Kuebler Trail to Protar’s Tomb


Saturday, May 28th | 8:00 a.m. | Departing from the BIC Center

Join Darrell Lawson for a walk on the old Beaver Island Lumber Company railroad route now known as Kuebler’s Trail.

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Our excursion begins at McCauley’s Point where waterfowl and shorebirds may be observed foraging in the sandy, rolling dunes at the south end of Donegal Bay on Lake Michigan. Head inland on the trail as it winds through several habitats, including an old dune system on the west side of Barney’s Lake (Site 22 on the BIBT Map). Common Loons have nested on the lake, and Bald Eagles, Ospreys, and Caspian Terns are often seen flying over the lake. Various sandpipers, Soras, and American Bitterns have been observed along the marshy areas of the shoreline. American Woodcocks can be found along the trails above the lake, and the combination of shrubby and woodland habitats above the lake attracts many species of songbirds. Continue on the trail as it heads upland to the burial site of one of the island’s most revered inhabitants (Site 23 on the BIBT Map). This site is in the middle of the northern hardwoods habitat that is prevalent on the west side of the island. Wood warblers are especially common here along with thrush species, various woodpecker species, and Red-eyed Vireos.

Board the shuttle for this trip at the BIC Center. You’ll return there at the conclusion just in time for lunch. Options include the Concession Stand at the BIC Center, the Harbour Bodega and the Shamrock (both nearby) or Dalwhinnie’s Deli (about a 20 minute walk towards the Whiskey Point Lighthouse).

Please note our cancellation policy: Cancellations made by 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2022 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be made for cancellations after that time.


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Event Details

About the leader for this Field Trip: Darrell Lawson has been birding since 2012 and has been leading field trips since 2014 for BIBT’s Warblers on the Water. He is a past president (and current vice-president) of the Petoskey Regional Audubon Society, has co-chaired the Sunset Coast Birding Trail Development team, and is a past member of the Michigan Bird Records Committee. He routinely leads field trips around Michigan.

The Beaver Island Birding Trail and Warblers on the Water events are projects of the Beaver Island Association. BIA is a volunteer organization that works to assure the environmental and economic sustainability of Beaver Island. Learn more about the BIA and keep up to date on island events at


Date: May 28, 2022

Start time: 08:00 a.m. EDT

End time: 12:00 p.m. EDT

Venue: Depart from the BIC Center

Directions: The BIC Center is across the street from the Ferry Dock.

Phone: 231-448-2022


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