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Leelanau Peninsula 2011 BirdFest


The 2011

Leelanau Peninsula BirdFest

A Unique Birding Festival with a Conservation Theme

Join the First Annual Leelanau Peninsula BirdFest, offering a wide variety of unique field trips including Birding by Tallship, endangered Great Lakes Piping Plovers, a 300 acre prairie, and pontoon boat to the Leelanau Conservancy’s Cedar River Preserve.  Every field trip, seminar and keynote program reflects our conservation theme. 

Or Register by Phone

Choose To Participate In Two Ways

Full Registration: Pay one fee for all festival events except the three special field trips.

OR,   Ala Carte Registration: Choose and pay for only the individual events you wish to attend.

OR, Join us for one of our four free field trips.

Full Registration
           With Full Registration you receive:

   -A valuable goody bag that includes the following:
  Leelanau Peninsula Birding Trail Map and Field Guides
  A Birding Guide to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  Doug Tallamy’s book "Bringing Nature Home"
  Bird-friendly Leelanau Peninsula BirdFest Coffee
-Participation in all three valuable keynote presentations
-Participation in 6 free field trips
-An elaborate Great Lakes Fish Boil on Saturday evening
-Wine and cheese receptions

Full Registration DOES NOT include these three special field trip offerings:

-Birding by Tallship
-Cedar River by Boat
-Upland Nesting Birds at Arcadia Park

Three Key Note Presentations
(Learn More Here)
  • The Weather Machine Shifts Gear: Threats of Climate Change to Birds
  • Swallows and Swallow Conservation
  • Our Birding Foremothers and Bird Conservation

12 Different Field Trips
(Learn More Here)

Including two unique field trips:

Birding by Tallship!
Sail the clear waters of Grand Traverse Aboard Inland Seas Educational Association's two-masted schooner to see nesting Caspian Terns on Gull Island. -

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!
Spend an entire afternoon at a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. First we visit Piping Plover nesting sites, then on to the Visitor's Center for a special presentation about the endangered Great Lakes population of this winsome little bird.

Headquartered at Historic Fountain Point Resort

On the shore of Lake Leelanau, in the very heart of our peninsula with fine birding right on site.

“Come sit on our grand front porch and learn the history of the gushing fresh water fountain.”

- Hot coffee always on
-Afternoon wine tastings

For information about lodging at this beautiful Victorian resort, click here.

Our wonderful Sponsors and Partners:


      Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore National Park Service Leelanau Peninsula BirdFest 2011           



Our Host:
Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Our Sponsors and Partners:
Fountain Point Resort
Dave Barrons
Saving Birds Thru Habitat
Charter Sanctuary
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
MDNRE (Leelanau State Park/Al Ammons)
Leelanau Conservancy
Leelanau County Parks & Rec (Veronica Valley)
Michigan Audubon Society
Inland Seas Educational Association
Grocer's Daughter Chocolates
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
Higher Grounds Coffee
Traverse Area Recreational Trails
Four Season Nursery
Wild Birds Unlimited (Traverse City)
Leelanau Peninsula Vintner's Association