Welcome to the birding information webpage for Ottawa County Parks! For the casual backyard bird watcher to the most serious of birders, Ottawa County provides a wonderful setting to enjoy these avian wonders. Our hope is that Ottawa County Parks, in particular, can be a means by which you can enjoy birds all the more. From the resources listed on this page and bird-related programs we offer all year long to the variety of natural spaces we provide, our aim is to help you enjoy the wonderful diversity of birds our county has to offer! Please let us know how we’re doing and how we can improve in providing this service. Thank you!
The best place to report sightings, keep track of your bird lists and research bird distribution: www.ebird.org.
The most comprehensive online birding identification (and more) guide: www.allaboutbirds.org
Ottawa County Parks offers year-round birding programs, walks, and outings. Many are free or have a very small fee. Check out our program calendar for all of our listings (tip: you can narrow down to “birding” or “birding field trip” in the By Category drop down menu).
Connect with other birders and find birding programs and outings by joining a local club.
Update & Photo Supplement to Birds of Ottawa County, Michigan
Birds of Ottawa County, Michigan: An Annotated Checklist, by Chip Francke and Carl and Judi
published in 2015 and covered bird records through April of that year. The Five Year Update includes bird
records from April 22, 2015 through May 31, 2020 and should be considered an addendum to the original
publication. In addition to the Five Year Update, there is a color photo supplement created by Judi
Ownership of the original book and update is needed to have all the information required for a full understanding of the data and information in the supplemental documents. If you already own Birds of Ottawa County, Michigan: An Annotated Checklist, then you can download the Update and Photo Supplement by clicking the following links:
- Five Year Update of Birds of Ottawa County, Michigan: An Annotated Checklist
- Photo Supplement for Five Year Update