Whitefish Point Bird Observatory

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
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gauravkhattar
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India767 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
WhiteFish Point Bird Observatory offers a splendid view of Lake Superior and a great opportunity for novice photographers to hone their skills... its a beautiful place to be and soak in the calmness of the lake...
Written January 17, 2018
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woodsfarer
Midland, MI149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011 • Friends
You can see huge numbers of migrating birds here in the spring and fall. They have programs for visitors to see owls that are caught in the banding nets during the night. Small giftshop/display building (needs to be bigger), observation deck on top of nearby dunes with view of lake and surrounding forest. A short walk to the point and you may see just about anything bird-wise. Also a good spot for rock collecting and watching big lake freighters chug by. Restrooms are available across the parking lot at the Shipwreck Museum. 11 miles north of Paradise (all paved) and about 20 from Tahquamenon Falls. Lots of gravel side roads in the nearby woods to explore. Normally colder and windier on the point than inland.
Written December 27, 2011
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Mitzi D
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Solo
Great birding, unbelievably cold! Really admire the bird counters. Appreciate Michigan Audubon liaison with this facility and guided tours.
Written May 21, 2014
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rdsm77
Tucson, AZ393 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The drive up to Whitefish Point was nice, but so was the weather so I was expecting a lot of tourists. I was right about the tourists. The point of my trip was to visit the Shipwreck Museum, but it was packed. I barely got a parking spot. People were already parking down the road. It was worse when I left.

Next to the museum was the Seney Natl Wildlife Refuge so I went there first. I love birds so I thought this would make up for not seeing the museum. It had a wooden walkway that led to the beach. Part of the beach was roped off to protect the piping plover nesting area. I was hoping to see a bunch of birds but the only birds I saw were killdeer. I hate killdeer. They’re loud and annoying.

To make things worse, an old couple were there with big fancy cameras and lenses. The man made me stop walking because they were taking pictures of the "piping plover" and he lectured me on them being endangered. They were taking pictures of killdeer!!!! I just said cool and moved on rather than calling them idiots to their face. They can invest in fancy cameras but can't buy a simple bird book? Unbelievable.

Headed back on the walkway and saw a glimpse of a blue jay in the trees. That's it. Went over to the beach but saw nothing there but people swimming. It was too crowded at the museum and too many jerks with dogs so I left.
Written September 8, 2021
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parrottHead1960
Pinckney, MI36 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We visited on 9/23. Had read about Observatory and decided to make the drive up and to also visit the Shipwreck museum. It was busy but not crowded and took the walk out on the boardwalk. We saw a small raptor I was unabel to identify and made the mistake of asking the two (what we assumed were volunteer) folks near the small obsevation shed if they could id what we saw. The women completly ignored us and the male, who was obviously unhappy that anyone would dare bother him said "it could be anything".
Nice ambassadors eh?
We realize this a orginization run by volunteers, but if you're looking for donations and support, it wouldn't hurt to be a little nicer.
Written October 5, 2022
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dalbeattiestar
52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Solo
The observatory is adjacent to the Whitefish Point lighthouse complex and there is a wide variety of people there. Wildlife is found along the beach or in the dunes and forest area. The observatory also has a small gift shop. The staff can help guide to sighting areas. Workshops are available at specific times. There is a lot more to explore than meets the eye. The longer you stay the more you uncover. This is part of the Seney National Wildlife Refuge system. Attraction things listed below are found at the lighthouse complex, across the parking lot from the observatory.
Written September 18, 2011
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Brant P
Minocqua, United States11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
While visiting whitefish point, we walked out to the bird observatory, and the short walk out there was very nice. Great scenery, and we even saw some birds. Also visited the museum and light house which was well worth it. If staying in Paradise Michigan, I would recommend biking up to Whitefish point, only 12 miles one way, and the scenery well worth it.
Written August 29, 2019
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wiminneapolis
Minneapolis, MN338 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
BIrd Observatory has a small area just across from the lighthouse
stop by there and check the list of what has been seen lately
There is a nice boardwalk also one nice deck to see raptors in the other side of the museum
It is a great place to go birding
Written October 12, 2017
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Stephanie K
Clinton Township145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
If you are looking for a short, easy walk with lots of local scenery that is filled with beauty and wild life this is your place. Take a few minutes and explore the WhiteFish Point Bird Observatory, you will be pleased you did. Take your camera!
Written August 14, 2017
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seaturtle30_12
Greenfield, WI310 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
While we were at the Shipwreck Museum we stopped in at the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. They had some nice displays and a small gift shop. There was a path along the lake shore you could follow too.
Written July 23, 2017
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