Laughing Whitefish Bird Alliance

Field Trips

In 2024 LWAS will take to the outdoors on a series of awesome outings and field trips. Learn more about two of our most exciting field trip opportunities below.

IMPORTANTBefore attending an LWAS Bird Outing, Field Trip, or Bird Count please read our birding guidelines and birding ethics.

Upcoming Events

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Field Trip to Peninsula Point- Spring Migration and Picnic!
Date : May 18, 2024

Peninsula Point Lighthouse at the tip of the Stonington Peninsula is one of the best locations in the UP to witness spring migration.

Time: All day (arriving around dawn will give you the best views)

Carpooling: Please make your own arrangements for rides.

Picnic: mid-day cookout in the picnic area – bring your own food and beverages

Driving Instructions: From US Highway 2 proceed 2.8 miles east from Rapid River; take the exit towards Stonington and travel south on County Road 513. Follow CR 513 for 17.7 miles to the tip of the peninsula, where you will find the Peninsula Point Lighthouse.

Information: Contact Beth Olson (phone: 906-360-4366)

Hundreds of neo-tropical songbirds like warblers, tanagers, orioles, grosbeaks, vireos, buntings, and thrushes are readily found each year along with shorter-distance migrants like sparrows, jays, woodpeckers, chickadees, and finches. On a good day, a birder can easily tally over 100 species including over 20 species of warblers. Some highlights from past field trips include both Summer and Western Tanagers, Hooded Warblers, Connecticut Warblers, Rose Breasted Grosbeaks, Indigo Buntings, egrets, swans, terns, yellowlegs, and hundreds of Whimbrels.

Join us for some of spring’s best birding. A bonus of this gathering is that there will be plenty of expert birders available to help with spotting and bird identification.

Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Date : August 17, 2024

Whitefish Point
Date : September 14, 2024

Field Trip to Michigamme Highlands (Peshekee Grade)
Date : Nov. 9, 2024

Each fall, the Laughing Whitefish Audubon Society sponsors a field trip to the Michigamme Highlands to view boreal species and Canadian migrants. The trip explores the boreal forests along the Peshekee Grade Road and always offers interesting birding.

Carpool: Meet in the parking lot at 4th and Spring Streets in Marquette.

Trip leader:

For information: contact Beth Olson at or 906-360-4366

Everyone is welcome. Dress warmly and bring binoculars, food, and water. For this field trip, it would be a good idea to pack a lunch. This is the only field trip during the year when you are guaranteed that there will be no ticks and no mosquitoes!

Bird species on this trip may include Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, Black-backed Woodpecker, and possibly some other species from Canada, such as White-winged or Red Crossbill, Pine Grosbeak, Redpoll, and Pine Siskin.


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