Birdlife of the Keweenaw with Dr. David Flaspohler _____________________________________________
Birdlife of the Keweenaw Big Day in May
By all accounts (or should I say counts) the May 19th session of
David Flaspohler’s Birdlife of the Keweenaw was a success.
After an orientation and slide show indoors,
the group explored along the north shore
of the Keweenaw between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor.
Fifty-one species were tallied over about 4 hours of observation.
Two birds that are rare in the Keweenaw,
a red-headed woodpecker and a northern mockingbird, were spotted in Copper Harbor.
Owen Mills who attended the workshop posted the days tally on ebird.org,
a great website for learning what birds are observed throughout the world.
The direct link to the Birdlife May 19 species checklist is https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45832601
Photo by Gina Nicholas
Wednesday, June 27
The June 27th group of 16 participants focused on nesting residents in June. The group visited sites in Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor, and at Gratiot Lake.
Dr. David Flaspohler is an avian ecologist and professor in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University. He received his M.S. in Conservation Biology and Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and came to MTU in 1998. He has taught Ornithology, Field Ornithology, and Conservation Biology for 18 years and won the University teaching award in 2002. He has conducted research with birds in Costa Rica, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and in the U.S. Midwest and Hawaii. He has published over 48 peer-reviewed papers, served on panels for the National Science Foundation and the USDA Forest Service, and has recently joined the board of the Copper Country Audubon Society. A favorite birding spot is his family’s camp on Hermit’s Cove where he recently added a White-winged Scoter to his list for that spot.