Field Trip #3: Northeast Island Birding Adventure


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

Join Terry and Adrea Grabill for a multi-location trip to three distinct sites. Stops include Gull Harbor, Whiskey Point Lighthouse and Barney’s Lake Nature Preserve.

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Gull Harbor Natural Area: This protected area is along Gull Harbor Drive east of the Whiskey Point Lighthouse (Site 2 on the BIBT Map). Most of the habitat is shoreline, cedar shrub, and marshy ponds, but there are a few wooded areas behind the open areas. This is an excellent site to observe waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, and raptors. The area is used extensively by migrating songbirds in the spring and fall.

Whiskey Point Lighthouse: This lighthouse standing at the mouth of the harbor (Paradise Bay) is visible from almost all points in St. James and is an easy walk or bike ride from the Community Center (Site 2 on the BIBT Map). Cliff Swallows nest at the lighthouse, and there is access to the shoreline that forms the entrance to Paradise Bay for observing shorebirds and waterfowl.

Barney’s Lake Preserve: This natural area surrounding Barney’s Lake on all but the south side is managed by the Little Traverse Conservancy (Site 12 on the BIBT Map). There is a parking lot across the road from the lake with a display of a map of the east trail 
system of the preserve. 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.

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 leaders for this Field Trip:

Terry Grabill is a life-long birder, having gained the handle of "Birdman" by his family in his early teens. Along with his wife Andrea, Terry has dedicated countless hours and adventures to developing beginning birders with their "Beaver Island Group" program through Fremont Middle School, where Terry is an 8th grade science teacher. Most of his own introductory birding experiences happened on Beaver Island. Terry was a Central Michigan University student studying at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver in 1988 when he realized that there were other individuals, groups even, interested in birding. He has maintained life-long relationships with these people. He and Andrea have developed young birders for 20 years with the groups they've brought to CMU's Biological Station and birding events down-state.

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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