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Birding Around Jackson, MI

Photos courtesy of Doug Leffler

From warblers in Waterloo Recreation Area to Sandhill Cranes at Haehnle Sanctuary, there are many excellent birding opportunities for birding in the Jackson area.   Here is a list of JAS members' picks for local and regional birding hot spots.

Lists! Bird species for Jackson area. Species List-PDF

Jaxbirds Archive
Last 30 days of postings for Jackson area bird sightings posted here.

Hot Spots and Local Parks
Cascades Park

Dahlem Center

Ella Sharp Park 

Falling Waters Trail
Hotspot: From the parking lot on Teft Road, walk westward on the trail toward Concord.  Less than a mile and on your left (South) you'll see a pond.  Keep walking until you see a bench on your right that looks out onto the pond.
GPS:  42.185165 , -84.565911

Phyllis Haehnle Sanctuary 

Jackson Intercity Trail

Lime Lake County Park

MacCready Reserve
9243 Skiff Lake Rd
6 miles south of Jackson, MI. In Liberty Township between Myers and Skiff Roads.

Kate Palmer Sanctuary
JAS page

Peregrine Falcon nest watch
While you cannot go there in person, you can view the Peregrine Falcon nest on the top for the historic Jackson County Tower Building. 

Waterloo Recreation Area
The Waterloo-Pinckney recreation Area is the largest state park system in Michigan.  A multitude of habitats can be found in the park including wetlands, oak-hickory & beech maple forests, oak savanna, and prairie. There is even a Black Spruce bog!  Glenn Road area and Reithmiller Rd. are two local favorites.

Glen Road
Glen Road between Mt. Hope and Maute, pullout on north side of road near Mt. Hope.  Hiking trails bisect the road.
Excellent warblers in summer.

Glenn Road Map

Riethmiller Road
Reithmiller Rd. west of Waterloo Munith Road, parking lot on north side of road about 4 miles from Waterloo Munith Rd.  
This is a popular spot for watching the annual mating ritual of the American Woodcock.

Reithmiller Road Map

Watkins Lake State Park & County Preserve 
Arnold Road, north of Thorn Rd.
Now a Michigan State Park and Washtenaw County Preserve!

Straddling the border between Jackson and Washtenaw counties, this little gem never disappoints. Arnold Road bisects the lake so access to the water is excellent. Huge numbers of ducks and geese can be seen during fall and spring migrations  Some water is generally open throughout the winter.  

MIDNR link:  http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=746&type=SPRK

Watkins Lake Map

While definitely not in the Jackson area, the following are favorite regional birding spots of JAS members.

Magee Marsh
Near Toledo, OH
THE spot for Midwest spring warblers.

Tawas Point State Park
North of Tawas/East Tawas, MI
Excellent location for watching the spring warbler migration across Saginaw Bay.  Hosts of the annual Tawas Birding Point Festival held in mid May.
DNR Website

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