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Tawas Point Birding Festival 2017

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Tawas Bay Beach Resort

300 E. Bay Street

East Tawas, MI 48730

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Welcome! Please read the text below BEFORE buying tickets:

The biggest little birding festival in the Midwest takes place at locations around Iosco County, Michigan, May 18-20, 2017. Come to Michigan’s Sunrise Coast to enjoy spring birding at its best, attend presentations on the latest birding topics, hone your birding skills, and learn about avian conservation work in Michigan.

The Tawas Point Birding Festival is a Michigan Audubon Signature Event that is supported by the local chapter, AuSable Valley Audubon. Note: Festival Headquarters will be returning to the Tawas Bay Beach Resort.

Festival participants enjoy some of the best birding in the Great Lakes region; Tawas Point is well known for high concentrations of migrating warblers during the month of May. Recent species highlights include: Kirtland’s Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, White-crowned Sparrow, numerous raptors, shorebirds, and more.

Basic registration includes:

  • Birding stations at Tawas Point State Park

  • Carpool field trips

  • Friday morning informational sessions

  • Seminars

  • Friday Evening Night Migration at Tawas Airport

  • Family Day activities and Live Birds of Prey presentations

  • Tally Rally

Find the full schedule here.


  1. Study the event schedule and select which activities you want to participate in BEFORE attempting to register.

  2. Read through these directions BEFORE registering.

  3. When you click on the button "Get Tickets" a "Select Tickets" window will open up.
    In the "Select Tickets" screen, first choose your participation level (Michigan Audubon member, non-member, Young Birder, or volunteer), then scroll down to select additional activities in which you would like to participate.

  4. Details regarding activities can be found by clicking on the blue "Show Info" link within the activity box.

  5. Some activities are included with your basic registration fee but still require enrollment as space is limited. Activities that do not have a limit (afternoon sessions, campground and lighthouse area birding, etc.) will not be on the registration page.

  6. Once you have selected your basic registration and all the activities that you would like to participate in, click on the "Checkout" button. You will be taken to another screen where an order summary will appear at the top of the screen to show you what you have registered for.

  7. You will have 45 minutes to complete the checkout form. Items with a red star are required fields.

  8. Once you have filled out the Ticket 1 information you can copy that information for any additional activity tickets. In the top line of each ticket it will say "Copy data from" with a drop down box. Just click on the entry from the drop down box that you wish to copy the information from. On mobile devices and tablets, these drop down boxes are not available and you will need to type in the information for each activity that you registered for.


If you have a problem registering or questions about the registration process, contact Lindsay Cain by email lcain@michiganaudubon.org, or by phone, 517-580-7364. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite. You do not need to print out the tickets that it may include.

Event cancellation policy: If you must cancel your participation in the Tawas Point Birding Festival, fees are refundable through April 20, 2017, minus a $25 processing fee. From April 21-May 4, a 50% refund is given. After May 4, 2017, no refunds will be issued. Membership fees are not refundable. All refund requests must be made in writing and sent via email or mail to:
Lindsay Cain
Michigan Audubon
2310 Science Pkwy, Suite 200
Okemos, MI 48864

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