Local photographer John Metzler travels all over the area taking beautiful photos of parks, trails, and wildlife. John shared some of his images with us, including waterfowl seen at Matthaei. Each spring sandhill cranes; mallards, mergansers, and other ducks; great blue herons; and other large birds make their way here. The sandhills in particular make quite a noise on Willow Pond, while the heron pokes along at the water’s edge making occasional lightning-fast strikes in search of food. Scroll down to see a gallery of bird photos. Thank you, John!

Interested in learning more about birds or birding? The Washtenaw Audubon Society holds regular programming—usually free—each month at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. They also offer regular walks in birding locations such as Nichols Arboretum and other venues. Here’s the lineup:

April 18, 7:30 pm, Matthaei
Birding the Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier

May 16, 7:30 pm
Autobiography of a Birder

June 20, 7:30
A Presentation on Ann Arbor Birding Hotspot Dolph Park

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