Learn to Identify Waterfowl with the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary

The diversity of bird species seen during autumn on Michigan waters can test your bird identification skills. Join Josh and Kara Haas and the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary for a virtual Fall Waterfowl Identification workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 24, on Zoom. 

The workshop will cover the basics of bird identification, focusing on duck species you might see migrating through the Midwest during spring and fall. Students will receive formal instruction and have ample opportunity to engage with Josh and Kara. We’ll practice together using a live video stream of waterfowl on Wintergreen Lake. 

The program cost is $30 for Sanctuary members and $40 for non-members. Register at for the Zoom link. The meeting will be recorded. 

Questions? Contact the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary at or (269) 671-2510.  

About Josh Haas 

Josh Haas is a Michigan birder, nature photographer, and author of Hawks on the Wing: A video guide to identifying Eastern North American raptors. He’s also the president of the Battle Creek Audubon. Josh leads trips and workshops around the Midwest, partnering with organizations such as the Sanctuary, the Hawk Migration Association of North America, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute and Michigan Audubon. His talks are informative, entertaining, and they illustrate his love for teaching others. 

About Kara Haas 

Kara Haas is the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station’s science education and outreach coordinator. She also coordinates the KBS K-12 Partnership, which brings K-12 teachers and scientists together to improve environmental literacy, and collaborates with faculty on MSU’s main campus on projects that engage K-12 and pre-service teachers in experiences at KBS. Kara has a B.S. in biology from Hope College and a master’s in early childhood education from Western Michigan University.   

About the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary 

The W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary’s mission is to conserve native habitat for migratory and resident birds and to promote environmental awareness through research, education and outreach. Since 1928, the Sanctuary has served as a practical training school for animal care and land management, and remains an innovator in wildlife conservation efforts. 

The Sanctuary’s grounds and trails remain open to visitors who observe proper safety and distancing guidelines, The Auditorium restrooms are open, though other buildings—including the Resource Center and Gift Shop—are closed. A walk-up window is available for guests to pay admission and purchase souvenirs or corn to feed the waterfowl. Current hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. Please consider supporting the Sanctuary by becoming a member. 

About Kellogg Biological Station 

As Michigan State University’s largest off-campus educational complex, KBS has put its land-grant values into practice for nearly a century, providing the public with examples of science’s crucial role in sustaining natural and managed communities. KBS students and faculty work to understand and solve real-world environmental problems for a better tomorrow. To learn more, visit