DRYDEN TWP. — In states that stay warm throughout the winter months — places like Florida, Texas, and Arizona — people from Lapeer County and northern climates who spend their winters south are often referred to as “snow birds” due to their migratory nature. But, here in Michigan there are birds that fly south from as far north as the arctic regions and spend their winters here.
These are the true snow birds: Pine siskins, common redpolls, darkeyed Juncos, American tree sparrows, rough-legged hawks and Snowy Owls. They seem to thrive here in Michigan when the winter weather gets tough. Bundle up and come out to Seven Ponds Nature Center at 3854 Crawford Road in Dryden Township for a winter trail walk, and maybe you’ll see a few winter birds along the way.
• Lapeer County Christmas Bird Count (Sunday, Dec. 17, 8:30 a.m.)
If you would like to help count birds at Seven Ponds and Jonathan Woods for the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, contact the nature center at 810-796-3200 to register for the event. Naturalist Cathy Wesley will coordinate this year’s effort at Seven Ponds. Join her for an entire day or just a half day. Fee: no charge.
• Winter Solstice Hike (Thursday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m.)
Just because it’s the shortest day of the year doesn’t mean visitors can’t come out and enjoy a hike around Seven Ponds. Nature happens in all seasons. Come see what it’s up to on the winter solstice.
The fee programs is the regular admission fee ($3 adults, no charge for children 12 and under, no charge for members), unless otherwise noted. Additional information can be found on the nature center’s website, sevenponds.org.