Stewardship education program features free grassland bird hike at Orion Oaks County Park

Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers a Grasslands Bird Hike, a free Natural Resources Stewardship educational program June 2 from 8 – 10 a.m. at Orion Oaks County Park.

“The extensive fields within Orion Oaks are remnants of rare Michigan Oak Savannas. These open spaces provide habitat for a number of birds that depend on grasslands to breed like the Eastern Meadowlark, Bobolink, Savannah and Grasshopper Sparrows. Grassland birds are declining across the United States and many species are listed as species conservation concern,” Educational Resource Specialist Kathleen Dougherty said.

“Orion Oaks provides nesting habitats for these imperiled birds. These birds travel long distances to Michigan to raise their young and we want to make sure that grasslands are here for them,” Dougherty said.

Participants enjoy a guided walk by Oakland Audubon members to view some of the rare and unique birds living in the grasslands at Orion Oaks. Beverages are provided. Participants are reminded to dress for the weather and bring binoculars.

Pre-registration is required, e-mail doughertyk@oakgov.com.

Orion Oaks County Park is located at 2301 W. Clarkston Road in Lake Orion. Meet at the Clarkston Road Parking Area for this event.

Visit DestinationOakland.com for details or find Oakland County Parks and Recreation on Facebook.