Michigan State University Kellogg Biological Station Kellogg Bird Sanctuary with image of Barred Owl.

Field Ornithology

 Lectures: 6 to 8:30 p.m. ET on Wednesdays: April 3, 10, 17, 24, and May 1, 2024
Field Trips: 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays: April 17 and May 4, 2024

Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
12685 East C Ave.
Augusta, MI 49012

Program Information

Come and join us in the 2024 Field Ornithology Course led by Lisa Duke and Josh Haas from Hawks on the Wing, and discover the fascinating world of birds! This year, we have arranged a variety of ways to participate, regardless of your location.

On Wednesday evenings, we will host lectures at the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary Auditorium and via Zoom. The first half of the night will consist of presentations by local experts on a range of topics such as migration, conservation, climate change, and more.

In the second half of the night, we will go on a birding hike on the Sanctuary grounds, where you can practice your bird identification skills using sight, sound, habitat, and behavioral clues. On the nights where there are no hikes, there will be an identification lecture instead.

On Saturday, we have organized field trips to nearby birding destinations. So, whether you're near or far, there's a way for you to join us and explore the world of birds!

Registration Options Include:

  Wednesday Evening Lectures over Zoom Wednesday Evening Lectures In-person Wednesday Evening Bird Hikes Saturday Field Trips
Online Lectures Only x      
In-person Lectures Only   x x  
Field Trip Only       x
Lecture and Field Trips Both   x x x


  Online Lectures Only In-person Lecture Only Field Trip Only Lecture and Field Trips Both
Members $30 $135 $30 $155
Non-Members $45 $155 $45 $190





Partial financial aid to offset the program registration fee is available for full class participation ( Class Lectures and Field Trips). If you would like to apply for this scholarship, you must first complete the application below (button “Apply for a scholarship here”). Do not complete the participant registration until you receive an email message with details regarding your request. This email will provide additional information regarding the steps for completing your registration process for Field Ornithology. Scholarship applications are due by March 8, 2024. 

Cancellation Policy for Events Requiring Registration: 

If the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary cancels a program due to weather or other circumstances, a full refund will be issued. A full refund will be issued if a registrant must cancel before the event’s registration deadline. No refunds on the day of an event or after. No space will be held without full payment for events requiring prepayment. Registrations can be transferred at any time.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information contact, the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary at birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu or 269-671-2510.