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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
MI
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116 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“May Visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

This was not our first visit to WPBO. We were greeted by the employee in the building, although she continued to arrange boxes of merchandise along side the counter. She was not as friendly & talkative as previous ladies have been. We walked out to the hawk observation tower and said hello to the man who was watching the sky. We got the distinct impression that we were bothering him. He was not at all interested in answering any questions. I might have understood if it was a busy birding morning, but counts were way down & it was a cold and windy day. We climbed the steps down back to the parking lot and left the guy alone with his camera's, scopes and other equipment. We walked out to the beach thru the tree's and saw the netting for the owl counts. We will return in the future & hopefully the staff will be a bit more receptive to visitors.

Visited May 2013
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English first
Ludington, Michigan
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59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Interesting and unique”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

At one of the northern most spots along Michigan's Lake Superior shore line. It is in the path of bird migration so has a spring and fall count. There are multiple shipwrecks off the shore - and a WONDERFUL museum. A tribute to the Edmond Fitzgerald is very good.

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Hell, Michigan
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824 reviews
308 attraction reviews
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“Great views and great birdwatching”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012

We've been here multiple times in the summer and we also were here 2 winters ago. Walking the beach in both the Whitefish Bay side and the Lake Superior side is cool and there are a ton of colorful rocks on the beach. There are views of freighters and also the windmills on the Candian hillsides about 20 miles or so on the other side. There are a lot of birds since the birds stop here on their way north and south as they migrate. Be advised you have to have patience and you need to be dressed appropriately. There is a small museum/gift shop run by the Audobon Society and they have a fundraiser raffle for a beautiful quilt each year.

Our winter trip was stunning because the waves crashing onto the shore freeze up into real cool ice piles. We had our snow shoes and cross country ski poles and explored but we were careful not to get too close to the edge.

Visited October 2012
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Hamilton
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63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Wonderful treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

Enjoyed an evening presentation with the manager who made all feel welcome and involved as he spoke about the activities and history at WPBO. Great shop for birders and tourists, and a nice classroom setting right at the point. Not to be missed especially if they are active banding migratory birds, especially owls.

Visited September 2012
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Michigan
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Early fall is too late for birds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

We originally started out for the Shipwreck Museum but were unprepared for the admission fee, so we walked along the Observatory boardwalk instead. This would be a great place for the bird lover to visit during the spring migration, over the summer and before the fall migration. We arrived too late and didn't see much. Records are kept of the birds seen throughout the year - eagles, falcons, etc. - which would have been great to watch. You'll need to bring your own binoculars as we didn't see any pay-for-use telescopes anywhere.

Visited September 2012
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