Free admission and open to all!

With 120 acres of heavily rolling forest and meadows, one mile of frontage on the Black River, and some of the highest quality wetlands in Van Buren County, Black River Preserve offers excellent birding! Please join SWMLC’s Stewardship Specialist, Mitch Lettow, and members of Audubon Society of Kalamazoo for a wild bird search. During this mid-season ramble, we expect to see early-wave warblers, thrushes galore, and maybe a red-shouldered hawk. Or even a salmon (one was recently spotted in the river)!

Thursday, April 20, 9 am
WHERE: Black River Preserve, Geneva Twp., VanBuren Co.
From M-43: At the traffic circle at Maple Grove Corners, take CR-689 north to the T-stop at 8th Ave. Turn right (east) on 8th Ave, and look for the preserve on the south side. If you get to 68th St, you’ve gone too far.
From 196:  Exit east onto Phoenix Rd. (exit #20).  Take Phoenix Rd. about 1/2 mile to 71 1/2 St. Turn south onto 71 1/2 St. and go 1 mile to 8th Ave.  Go east on 8th Ave, about 1 mile and look for the preserve entrance on the south side of the road.
Meet at the southwest corner of the parking lot at the Meijer on West Main St./M-43 (6660 W Main St., Oshtemo).