Warblers on the Water Registration

Use this page to register for WoW 2023 events.  Select the Registration Bundle (the first item) to register for everything on one page…or look at the individual events and add things item by item. Information on our field trip leaders and a full agenda of events are below (use the links to zoom to those locations).


Don’t miss our Meet & Greet kickoff event!

After arriving on the island, plan to drop by the Beaver Island Community Center at 5:00 p.m. to meet and greet the Warbler’s on the Water team. You are welcome to bring a bottle of wine and snacks to share with the group.

Field Trip Leaders

We have invited a group of expert field trip guides who will lead us on a weekend of discovery on the Beaver Island Archipelago. The weekend is intended to celebrate our island's natural resources and inspire others to become active conservation partners.  Please welcome:

Dr. Francesca Cuthbert

Dr. Cuthbert's current research focuses in three areas: (1) recovery of the endangered Great Lakes Piping Plover population, all within the context of management of coastal shore ecosystems; (2) biology and management of Double-crested Cormorants in North America especially in relation to the cormorant-fishery conflict; and (3) colonial waterbird population dynamics and conservation in the Great Lakes and Asia.

Darrell Lawson

Darrell 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.

Beth Leuck

Beth Leuck first came to Beaver Island in 1985 when she was invited to teach ecology at the Central Michigan University Biological Station.  She taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses at CMUBS over the years and conducted research on monarch butterfly populations, dung fly behavior, abandoned beaver pond vegetation, and vegetation in waterbird colonies on some of the outer islands.  She has assisted Dr. Nancy Seefelt with her research on colonially nesting waterbirds in the Beaver Island Archipelago since 2000.  She and her husband Ed retired to Silver City, New Mexico, several years ago and now shuttle between Beaver Island and the desert Southwest.

Jeff Scofield

Jeff Scofield, like his wife Dr. Nancy Seefelt, works for Central Michigan University in the Dept of Biology. Jeff is a frequent visitor to Beaver Island and has been since taking classes at the CMU Biological Station as both an undergraduate back in the late 80s, earning a B.S. Degree in Biology, and then as a graduate student, where he earned a M.S. Degree working with spiders. If Jeff sees a board or piece of metal lying on the ground, rest assured that he will flip it over in hopes of finding a snake or two underneath. In addition, if he’s not looking for snakes and spiders, there’s a good chance you might see him metal detecting or rock hounding on a beach. But the most likely activity you will see him doing is riding a bicycle around the Island. Jeff is an avid mountain biker and gravel road biker and has traveled around the country, along with Nancy, in pursuit of fun trails and enjoyable gravel roads.

Dr. Tim Lamey

Tim first visited the Beaver Island Archipelago for field work on High Island on Common and Caspian Terns in 1982 and 1983. Tim earned an Master’s in Biology from University of Minnesota, Duluth, and a Doctorate in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to High Island, he conducted field work in Colorado (Orioles), Texas (Great Egrets), Oklahoma (Cattle Egrets), Washington (Glaucous-winged Gulls), northern Manitoba (Ring-billed Gulls), New Zealand (Snares Penguins), and the Falkland Islands (Rockhopper Penguins). In the early 1980s he also was a counter at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve and Whitefish Point Bird Observatory.

 Tim and his partner recently purchased a home on Beaver Island and look forward to moving to the island year-round in the near future.


Brian Allan

Brian is a recently retired Optometrist living in Manistee. He has been birding for fifty-three years and was fortunate to both be on the crest of the new field birding in the 1970's and the now technical/digital media birding revolution of the 2020's. He is a former member of the Michigan Bird Records Committee, one of the editors of the ABA Birder's Guide to Michigan, the current eBird reviewer for North West Michigan, and bird trip leader for several conservation organizations in Michigan. He enjoys birding in the tropics and has recently returned from birding trips to Brazil and Ecuador. His favorite activity is getting anyone of any age interested in birding by getting them on their "spark" bird.

Gina Mangra

Gina has been visiting Beaver Island since 2018 and became a resident in 2020. She is a self taught mushroom hunter who has discovered the treasures Beaver Island. She has been studying Mycology through the Midwest American Mycology Information course and working on her Michigan certification. Gina uses the mushrooms she forages for exploring culinary and medical uses. Not only does she forage fungi, she finds uses for many plants and berries she finds on the island. She's also an avid fisherman who spends hours on Lake Geneserath. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of Beaver Island with people who enjoy the passion of foraging.

Dr. Nancy Seefelt

Nancy is a Michigan native who grew up in Sterling Heights, near Detroit.  After high school, she enrolled at Central Michigan University (CMU) and discovered Beaver Island when she took a class at the CMU Biological Station after her freshman year. Nancy received her M.S. degree from CMU and her doctorate from Michigan State University and currently holds a faculty position in the Biology Department at CMU. During the summer field season, much of her research focuses on avian ecology, specifically the breeding biology of waterbirds (gulls, terns, herons and cormorants) in northern Lake Michigan and the stopover ecology of migrating songbirds along Michigan shorelines. The migration work involves censussing, mist netting, and remote acoustical monitoring; the acoustic monitors also  track the sounds of migratory bats.  In addition, Nancy monitors the breeding activities of the endangered Piping Plover as part of the recovery program for this species.  As a vertebrate ecologist and evolutionary biologist, Nancy has been  studying birds throughout the Beaver Island Archipelago for over 20 years.gs.

Terry and Andrea Grabill

The Grabills have dedicated countless hours to developing beginning birders with their “Beaver Island Group” program through Fremont Middle School. Most of Terry's introductory birding experiences happened on Beaver Island while he was a Central Michigan University student studying at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver in 1989.  He then discovered 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.


Ed Leuck

Ed Leuck is a retired Professor Emeritus of biology at Centenary College of Louisiana where he taught ecology, conservation biology and microbiology and developed the campus arboretum. He has been coming to the Island since 1985 and has taught at the Central Michigan University Biological Station. He is the senior author of Plants of Beaver Island, Part I: Bogs and Fens and Part II: Lake Michigan Beaches and Sand Dunes and spends summers at his house on Sand Bay while continuing to investigate the island flora and participating in island conservation efforts.

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