Field parties often identify 100 or more different species during a Spring Count.Participants in the Spring Bird Count may join a field party, or they may choose to count the birds that visit their feeder or a neighborhood park.More than 2,000 years ago, Native Americans associated with the Hopewell culture occupied the Grand River Valley.The Hopewell were mound builders, constructing great geometric earthworks that served as enclosures, burial places, defensive structures and religious sites.Contact any board member if you are interested in participating in the Illinois Spring Bird Count.Conservation Committee Projects focus on wildlife habitat improvement. In early July, we focus on the removal of sweet clover at the Lyndon-Agnew Prairie outside of Lyndon Illinois (see below for more information).
Our Norton Mound Group, located on the banks of the Grand River southwest of downtown, is a National Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. D., people of the Three Fires - the Ottawa (Odawa), Chippewa (Ojibwa) and Potawatomi Indians - established villages in and around what is now Grand Rapids.As of the 2010 census, just over 1,300 people of Native American ancestry lived in Grand Rapids.Most are members of or trace their lineage back to the Three Fires nations.It is not necessary to be an expert birder to participate on a Christmas Bird Count.If you are not an expert, we will make every attempt to team you with an experienced birder if you would like to join a field party.Longtime Grand Rapids activist Levi Rickert launched the online Native News Network in 2011, offering stories about Native Americans and analysis of mainstream issues from a Native-American perspective.Quad City Audubon Society (QCAS) activities offer opportunities for many different levels of involvement.While the community is not large, the members work hard to keep the spirit and traditions of their forefathers alive."Anishinabek: The People of This Place" at Grand Rapids Public Museum presents rare and fascinating artifacts handed down through generations of the original Ottawa, Potawatomi and Chippewa people of West Michigan.Other opportunities for invasive plant removal include euonymous at Blackhawk State Historic Site in April and garlic mustard in May.Wildlife population surveys including frog and toad studies at Nahant Marsh in Davenport and other locations.