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Spring offers birdwatching opportunities across Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - As spring approaches, state officials say it's an ideal time to plan birdwatching trips. Keith Kintigh (Kin-TYE) of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says new activities for birders have popped up in recent years. Beaver Island's Warblers on the Water event over the Memorial Day weekend will feature guided field trips and presentations. Other birding opportunities in April and May include the Whitefish Point Spring Fling in Paradise, the Thornapple Woodpecker Festival in Middleville, the Mackinaw Raptor Fest in Mackinaw City and the Tawas Point Birding Festival in East Tawas. Michigan has a number of birding trails along well-known driving routes. The newest includes stops along the northern shoreline of Lake Huron in the Upper Peninsula. For more information, visit the Michigan Audubon Society birding trail website or www.michigan.gov/wildlife .