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A Walk with the Birds at Lavender Hill Farm

June 19, 2021 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am


Join avid birder Scott Castelein on the farm for an early morning adventure. Participants will explore the diverse habitats of Lavender Hill Farm with the possibility of seeing various sparrows, raptors, ducks, woodpeckers, and other small passerine species. Scott will point out the various species, answer questions, demonstrate how to properly use binoculars, and share some of his favorite smart phone apps he uses in the field as well as some general birding and bird identification tips.

Before you come:

If you are interested in using smartphone apps to help you identify birds in the field, I recommend downloading the following free apps before you arrive to the bird walk.

  • Merlin Audubon Bird Guide (by the National Audubon Society): Bird guide with ability to narrow down bird identification by size, color, habitat, location, etc.
  • Merlin Bird ID (by Cornell Lab of Orinthology): Bird guide with ability to identify birds by uploading a photo.
  • eBird (by Cornell Lab of Orinthology): Record your bird sightings to an international database.
  • BirdNet: Bird sound identification (by Stefan Kahl): Identifies birds by recording it’s call or song. *Android only. iPhone users can try Song Sleuth for free or Bird Song ID USA songs and calls for $4.99.

WHEN: 7:30-8:30 AM on May 22nd & June 19th

This workshop will be held outdoors. In case of inclement weather on either of the Saturday mornings, class will be held on Sunday morning of that same weekend at the same time.

AGES:  All Ages Welcome

COST:  This Workshop is Free to Attend

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is required for this workshop.   For questions or to register please e-mail Scott at scott@todoandhopper.com.

This workshop has a minimum and maximum attendance requirement so reserve your spot today! If participant minimum is not met one week prior, the workshop will be cancelled, and you will be notified by the instructor.


  • Mask
  • Binoculars (they will not be provided)
  • Comfortable footwear (tennis shoes or hiking boots)
  • Long pants (recommended)
  • Birding field guide (optional)
  • Smartphone for birding apps (optional)
  • Bug Spray and/or tick repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Northern Michigan photographer and videographer, Scott Castelein, got into birding in 2019 while visiting family in South Dakota. He bought a pair of binoculars and a birding field guide and headed out to the Fort Pierre National Grasslands. After witnessing a place he’d driven through many times before suddenly burst into life simply by taking the time to stop and watch, he unknowingly dove into a new world. Now, on every walk through the woods or drive past a field he sees abundant activity in places he once thought were still.

Since then, he has become active on eBird, an international online bird observation database, produced a video about Whitefish Point’s waterbird migration for Michigan Audubon and traveled around Michigan, South Dakota, and South Texas in search of birds. It seems for every interesting and new bird he finds, there is usually a greater story or even a new friend made along the way. He continues to find new ways to bring his passions of photography and birding together to dive deeper into the world of conservation photography. Follow him on Instagram @scottcastelein or on his website scottcastelein.com.

SAFETY FIRST. To ensure the safety of our guests and staff, we ask that everyone wear face masks when inside our facilities, participating in artisan classes, or within close range to others. We are actively taking steps to keep our farm as clean and as safe as possible and greatly appreciate your cooperation. We are operating in accordance with CDC guidelines.


June 19, 2021
7:30 am - 8:30 am
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