West Michigan Birdathon & Nature Festival  
   

About the Event

 
The Aquinas College (AQ) chapter of Tri-Beta (National Biological Honors Society) and Grand Rapids Audubon Club (GRAC) will hold The West Michigan Birdathon and Nature Festival on Saturday, May 17, 2014 on the campus of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
 
Events include:
  • Birdathon - A competitive birdwatching event that will be accessible to and reward people new to birdwatching as well as the best of the best.
  • Guided bird walk
  • Live birds of prey demonstration
  • Educational traveling zoo show from John Ball Zoo
  • Guided insect/reptile walk with Clark Danderson, PhD.
  • A uniquely designed West Michigan Birdathon and Nature Festival T-shirt included with every competitive birdathon registration (and available for purchase to all others). Made in the USA with 100% organic cotton and screened in Grand Rapids.
 
Goals of the event:
  • Connect community members to nature. Enhance their appreciation and understanding of nature and biodiversity.
  • Raise funds for Grand Rapids Audubon Club’s award winning environmental education program, “Audubon Adventures” in West Michigan (both GRAC and Aquinas College are not-for-profit organizations).
  • Educate participants about sustainability. With the help of the Aquinas College Center for Sustainability this aims to be a “zero waste” event.
 
About the Grand Rapids Audubon Club
Mission Statement

The Grand Rapids Audubon Club brings together people who enjoy nature, especially wild birds. We seek to protect and improve our natural environment and to advance nature education throughout West Michigan.

 
Raising money for environmental education in West Michigan
Grand Rapids Audubon Club provides the award winning environmental education program, Audubon Adventures, to elementary schools in Kent County free of charge. Currently, the program is requested at more schools thant GRAC is able to supply due to budgetary restraints. Therefore, GRAC distributes Audubon Adventures to different elementary schools in Kent County each year. Our goal in raising funds for GRAC is to allow them to provide, free of charge, Audubon Adventures to as many Kent County elementary schools as possible.