West Michigan Birdathon & Nature Festival  

Schedule of Events


Time Window for Competitive Birdathon Listing

Any six hour (or less) period from Saturday, April 18 at 12:00 a.m. at 12:01 a.m. to Sunday, May 17 at 12:00
Saturday, May 16 - Location: Donnelly Center

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Free guided nature tours
11 a.m. Blandford on the Road presents "Blandford's Wildlife" (with live animals)
1 p.m. John Ball Zoo presents "Predators & Prey" (with live animals
Guided Nature Walks*
Guided Tree Walks and Bird Walks on the Aquinas College Campus
Aquinas College students that completed the plant taxonomy course will be on hand to take interested participants on a walk of the Aquinas College campus that has a wide variety of tree and shrub species. Aquinas College students, faculty and some Grand Rapids Audubon Club members will be on hand to take participants on guided bird walks on the Aquinas College Campus.
Trash the Trash Can - A “Zero Waste” Event
The Aquinas College Center for Sustainability is helping us to make West Michigan Birdathon and Nature Festival a “zero waste” event. The industry term “zero waste” means that 90% of the waste will be diverted from the landfill and incinerator. In order to achieve this, 90% of all materials used must be composted or recycled. Volunteers will be on hand to help direct materials to the appropriate receptacle.
Trash! the Trash Can