In response to the COVID-19 risk, this event has been cancelled. Future plans will be announced when available. Read the latest Mid Michigan College COVID-19 updates.

Birdwatching vs. Birding: A Photographer's View is a FREE event open to the public and is scheduled to take place 5:30pm-6:30pm Thursday, April 9 at Mid Michigan College’s Mt. Pleasant Campus in the Community Room. The event is sponsored by the Conservation & Nature Student Orgranization and the Laker Life department at the College.

From birdwatching in your backyard to birding across Michigan, Greg Bodker’s beautiful photography will help you learn more about birds and demonstrate the joys of birding you can experience in your backyard and in the field.

Topics include:

  • Discover the differences between birding and birdwatching
  • Discuss the excitement and enjoyment of birdwatching
  • Learn how to attract more birds to your backyard, identify and care for backyard birds, and the types of feeders and seed they prefer
  • Discover how birding beyond the backyard leads to enriching experiences
  • Learn about the birds you can find in Michigan and the best places to go birding
  • Hear stories from the field, including the excitement of a bird chase
  • Learn about birding tools and what to take on a birding trip
  • Gain an understanding of birding ethics

Greg Bodker has been a serious birder since 2006, combining his interest in birds, nature, and photography as often as possible. Greg has led birding trips for Michigan Audubon and served on its Board of Directors for three years. Currently, he enjoys delivering birding and nature education presentations to audiences throughout Michigan.

Greg has birded in all of Michigan’s 83 counties and in most of North America. He is excited to report he saw his 625th North American bird species, a Tufted Duck, while birding in Southwest Michigan in 2019. Greg was also named a winner in the Michigan Nature Association’s 2018 and 2019 photo contests.

For more information about this event, contact Ryan Dziedzic at or (989) 386-6622 x116.

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