Field Trip #4: Little Sand Bay Preserve and beyond…


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

Join Linnea Rowse for fascinating walk out to Little Sand Bay through the Little Sand Bay Nature Preserve.

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This beautiful and varied natural area is managed by the Little Traverse Conservancy. The parking lot is at the edge of a large old field near an abandoned farm house. A two-track leads from the parking lot to a boardwalk trail through a cedar swamp. The trail then continues to a sandy beach that is excellent for swimming, making Little Sand Bay one of the most popular natural areas to visit on the island. Winter Wrens are common in the cedar swamp area, and Indigo Buntings and various sparrow species are found in the old field area.

Board transportation 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:

Linnea Rowse is the Great Lakes Private Lands Director for the American Bird Conservancy. She is an avid birder and has worked in the avian conservation field for more than 15 years, with work experiences ranging from breeding ecology field work, migratory stopover habitat research, songbird banding, behavioral studies, and habitat management and restoration for forest and grassland birds and wildlife. Linnea has a B.S. in Wildlife and Conservation Biology from the University of Rhode Island, and a M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from The Ohio State University. Linnea’s passion lies in connecting birds and people while employing ecologically sound science, research, and education to accomplish landscape-scale bird conservation.

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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