North Huron Birding Trail Area Christmas Bird Counts

Event Date: 12/15/2018
End Date: 1/1/2019

Come explore the Eastern Upper Peninsula for winter birding around this magical holiday season! We need help with the Audubon citizen science efforts known as the Christmas Bird Count. There are 6 Eastern UP Christmas bird counts taking place this December, and Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator Elliot Nelson would love to have as many folks as possible come up to help count birds. All birders, from the experienced to the brand-new, are welcome. 

The Les Cheneaux count is central to the North Huron Birding Trail and takes place in the Cedarville, Hessel, and Pickford areas. For 20 years, this count has taken place! Expect birds like Pine Grosbeak, Snowy Owl, Sharp-tailed Grouse, and many more this holiday season. Many counts are close together so join us for a few days and hit a few in a row. Dates and details below: 

December 15th, Sault Ste Marie 

This exciting count is an international count and includes the twin cities of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, and Michigan, as well as the surrounding areas. Contact Dave Euler at or Carter Dorscht at

December 18th, The Straits of Mackinac

The pin for this circle is right on the middle of the Mackinac Bridge! Come bird the areas around St. Ignace, Mackinaw City, and Mackinac Island. Contact Steve Baker at 

December 19th, Les Cheneaux Islands

This count includes the areas around Cedarville, Hessel, and Pickford, MI. Expect a great day with friendly people exploring the vast wonders of the North Huron area. Contact MI Sea Grant Educator Elliot Nelson at or (906) 322-0353

December 28th, Rudyard

Only in its second year, this exciting count includes open fields, dense forest, an old airforce base, and a landfill (more interesting than you’d think). Contact Steve Baker at

December 29th, Neebish Island and Dunbar

The remote island of Neebish is a winter wonderland, and the mainland areas around Dunbar and Bruce Township are full of fascinating birding opportunities. Contact Brian Zwiebel at

Date TBD (most likely 1st week of January), Whitefish Point

Limited roads are open, but wonderful birds are still found. Occasionally Spruce Grouse, Canada Jay, and Crossbills are on the list! Contact Charlie Weaver at