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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory

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Address: 16914 N Whitefish Point Rd, Paradise, MI 49768-9612
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+1 906-492-3596

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Almost unknown attraction should be known by Eagle Watchers

Many who travel in Northern Michigan are well aware of the Whitefish Point Light House, but many overlook another major attraction that is accessed from the same parking lot... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2017
Bob F
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Beaverton, Michigan
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Beaverton, Michigan
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

Many who travel in Northern Michigan are well aware of the Whitefish Point Light House, but many overlook another major attraction that is accessed from the same parking lot. Located here because it is a major migratory route for Raptors - notably, the Bald Eagle. The raised wooden pathways carry visitors to a viewing area high on the eastern Lake... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Was there during a migrant bird count, these volunteers are awesome!! What a great spot to see many different breeds of birds.

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Cedar Hill, Missouri
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We did not understand what this building was about until we ventured across the parking lot to check it out. It is dedicated to tracking birding migrations and while we were staying there at the Crews Quarters B&B (see our review), we went to a capture and banding program for owls. What a remarkable experience. If you care about nature... More 

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Thank Linda J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Our motel had a flyer at the receptionist desk listing days that the WPBO would have 7:30 pm evening presentations regarding owls. We toured the nearby falls during the day and easily fit the evening event into our plans. Boy were we glad that we did! First came a slide presentation and lecture about all the different types of owls,... More 

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Thank Pat C
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178 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Thought it would be bigger, but it's not. If you have time to sit for hours and watch a couple of birds then fine, but the viewing area was a bit small for us.

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Cali, Colombia
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Best place to see owls any moment of year... If they are banding you can visit them. Staff is super nice and there are some pretty nice stuff at the gift shop. I'll come back as soon as I can!

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Le Center, Minnesota
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43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

This is a volunteer location and we chatted for about 20 minutes. She explained where the blind was located and how to get there, for those interest in seeing how they conduct surveys for the migratory bird count. The Fall survey window had just begun during our visit, being a waterfowl I asked about specific species that I did not... More 

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Brighton, Michigan
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113 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

This is a great project that is supported mostly by volunteers and purchases from their gift shop. When we visited, there were several volunteers carrying 50# bags of bird seed to the feeding stations for the birds. We visited a few years past they had nets up and catching birds for identification and tagging. Great to watch, and we even... More 

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Greensboro, NC
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115 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

The person on duty at the observatory was helpful and friendly but the birds were not around. I did not expect good birding there at this time of year and that is what I found. The crowds around the lighthouse made any viewing unlikely at best. The notes from migration looked like this would be a great spot at the... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

This is right next door to Whitefish Point Lighthouse. Worker was studying birds and had interesting insight. Definitely stop if you visit the lighthouse, which is highly recommended.

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