Your contribution is critical to our success. A significant amount of groundwork has already been laid by volunteers who have documented the distribution and frequency of 321 species. Many earliest and latest sighting dates and the dates and locations for rare or unusual records have been documented. This knowledge base is a unique aspect of the Trail and it provides a significant opportunity to measure species frequency progress, and evolution.
Through the hard work of many volunteers especially Leonard Graf, Chip Francke and Thomas Ford, the frequency and distribution of avian visitors along the Trail has been well documented. Their work, Birds of Leelanau County and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore: An Annotated Checklist was published by The Leelanau Conservancy and subsequently updated in 2008. Valuable insights into the Piping Plover Program and citations from Birding the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are both attributable to Alice Van Zoeren of the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Brian Allen has also contributed time, resources and site excerpts from A Birders Guide to Michgan. The Sleeping Bear Birding Trail is eternally grateful for the use of this historical information and for the foundation provided by the individuals referenced above.
We hope that you can contribute to this knowledge base! The Trail needs eyes and ears even in the tougher seasons to help us understand patterns and distribution. The Trail is located along a significant flyway up the Lake Michigan coast. Since an appreciable portion of the Trail borders Lake Michigan and cuts through Park wilderness, we need adventurous souls to scour our dirt roads and isolated beaches and improve our coverage of the shorebird and hawk migration that happens each spring and fall.
Our Steering Committe
Our Committee Chair is Dave Barrons and the Operations Director is Mick Seymour. Dave and Mick are both co-founders of the SBBT. Brian Allen, Paula Dreeszen, Alice Van Zoeren, and Ed Ketterer are the Manistee, Benzie, National Park, and Tip of the Peninsula Liaisons, respectively. Leonard Graf is our Advisor Emeritus given the significance of his contributions over the years. To contact the Trail or submit photos, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.