Free admission and open to all!

Portman Nature Preserve boasts 188 acres of high-quality prairie fen, wetland, savanna and woodland habitats, and is blessed with water from three lakes, a creek, and hundreds of springs. With all of this diversity, expect a late-season bird walk that features the aerial acrobatics of swallows, the prehistoric rattling calls of kingfishers, and the happy treetop music made by tanagers and vireos. SWMLC’s Stewardship Specialist, Mitch Lettow, will lead the tour, along with members of Audubon Society of Kalamazoo.

This special guided bird walk kicks off the Portman Sneak Peek event, which begins immediately afterward at 10 am. This will be the first public event held at Portman Nature Preserve and we hope that you will be able to spend the day exploring the trails, learning about our habitat and infratructure improvement plans, and — of course — looking for birds! Follow this link to find out more about this exciting unveiling event.

WHEN: 
Saturday, May 20, 9 am
WHERE:  Portman Nature Preserve, on the borders of Almena and Antwerp Twps., Van Buren Co.
DIRECTIONS TO THE PRESERVE:
From Mattawan: Travel one and a half miles west of Mattawan on Red Arrow Highway, turn north onto 27th Street.
(Watch for Owsiany’s produce stand on the NE corner as a landmark.)
• Go about 1/2 mile and turn at the first left, 49th Avenue.
• Go 3/4 mile to 28534 49th Ave. The preserve entrance is on the north side of the road.