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Saturday April 26, 2014  
8:00 am U of M Environmental Interpretive Center - Morning Birding.
Yes, if you really want to see migrating warblers and other spring birds, you have to get up early. We are going to be led by two experienced birders, who will help find the birds by sound and sight. Bring binoculars, bird guidebooks, warm clothing for a SLOW walk, stopping often to observe. Meet by 8am at entrance to the E.I.C. building on U of M Dearborn campus (ON Evergreen, S of Ford Road). Park in the tall parking structure, per the map. Diane 734-718-5845C; Tom, 248-349-8782. (more)

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Sunday April 27, 2014  
10:00 am Seven Lakes State Park Jack-in-the-Pulpit Hike.
Early jack in the pulpits, many wildflowers and the croaking of pond dwellers will be announcing Springs return to the shorelines, meadows and lakes of this very scenic habitat. We will hike 6 miles on rolling terrain. Bring water and snacks. Boots highly recommended. Meet 10am behind CVS at Woodward Ave. & Square Lake Rd, SE corner OR 10:50am at the (overlook) parking area in Seven Lakes State Park. Optional restaurant stop afterwards. Leader: John Herrgott, 248-766-9575. (more)

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Sunday May 4, 2014  
12:00 pm Brighton Rec. Area 5 Mile Hike
Trilliums and Marsh Marigolds should greet us as we hike 5-miles at a moderate to brisk pace, over hill and dale, through valleys with vernal ponds, and tree topped hills. Be sure to bring water for a warm spring day, hiking boots for the rocky trails. Meet at noon in Southfield at Tel-12 Mall, S.E. corner of Telegraph and 12 Mile Rd. Park facing Telegraph, S. of the Marathon station. OR meet at the trailhead at 12:45. Restaurant stop after. Mike Scanlon, 313-884-2214H Meet at 12:45 at the trailhead (more)

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Saturday May 10, 2014  
11:00 am Lower Huron MetroPark Redbud Bike Ride.
If we are lucky, the redbud blossoms will be at their peak bloom when we ride in this linear park along the River. We will go about 20 miles total on a paved, mostly level bike trail with options to shorten or lengthen. Bring a picnic lunch for after the ride. Check the map below to meet 11am at Tulip Tree Picnic area in Lower Huron MP, in the lot closest to the main road. Helmet, water and spare tube required. Leaders: Joanne Cantoni, 248-932-5370H and Cindy Gunnip, 248-336-2984H. (more)

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Sunday May 11, 2014  
9:30 am Mothers Day Wildflower Walk.
Lets start early, to see the early blooms. We will do a slow paced 3-mile walk to usher in Spring and honor our Earthly Mothers and Mother Earth! We will stop often to I.D. the 17 species of wildflowers (list provided) as we explore the trails. Bring cameras, magnifiers, field guides, and meet at Maybury State Park; 8 Mile Rd. entrance, 1.5 miles west of Beck Rd. (and Northville). Right to the far parking lot, meet at the brick concession bldg. Restaurant stop after. Phil, 248-797-2885C. (more)

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Saturday May 17, 2014  
8:30 am Pinckney State Rec. Area Potowatomi Trail Hike.
This advanced hike is 9.3 miles long, hilly, wooded, full of lakes and streams. Bring a BIG trail lunch and LOTS of water. This trail is considered the most scenic hike in the Pinckney area. Meet 8:30am in Southfield at Tel-12 Mall, S.E. corner of Telegraph and 12 Mile Rd. Park facing Telegraph, S. of the Marathon station OR CALL LEADER if meeting at 9:20 at the trailhead at Silver Lake Beach. Leaders; Joanne Cogan, 248-212-0218, Cindy Gunnip, 248-336-2984H. (more)

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Sunday May 18, 2014  
11:00 am Proud Lake State Park Hike (N. of Wixom).
We will hike 5 miles at medium pace in this level, wooded park partially following the Huron River. Bring water and boots; hike goes rain or shine. Interesting bogs, skunk cabbage, marsh marigolds, stone piles and river views as summer begins. Optional restaurant stop after. From I-96 exit 159, follow Wixom Rd. north for 7 miles to park entrance near Garden Road; use parking lot beyond ranger station. Tom Griebe, 248-349-8782H (more)

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Saturday May 24, 2014  
10:30 am Hike the Lower Rouge Trail in Canton.
We will explore this new trail system that follows the Lower Rouge River: walk 3 miles of linear trails at a moderate pace or 6 miles if we go both ways. The wide trails weave in and out, crisscrossing the river occasionally, and several benches offer scenic respite. View a carved totem, spring wildflowers, and possible small critters. From I-275, go west on Michigan Ave. 1.5 miles. Turn north onto Morton Taylor Road, left into parking lot. Restaurant stop after. Leader: Diane, 734-718-5845C. (more)

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Saturday May 31, 2014  
11:00 am W. Bloomfield and Orchard Lake Nature Preserves Hike.
Lets visit both nature preserves today, enjoying the 3-mile hilly trails of W. Bloomfield Nature Preserve first, then going to the fairly level trails of the Orchard Lake Preserve nearby. The mayflowers should be really showy in the deep woods, and lots of scilla on the 1.5 mile trail at Orchard Lake Preserve. Meet in Bloomfield Township in the Costco parking lot near McDonalds on Telegraph (east side) north of Square Lake Rd, or 11:40 at trailhead. Restaurant stop after. Inge, 248-338-0906H. (more)

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Sunday June 1, 2014  
9:15 am Canoe the Upper Huron River.
Our 4 hour canoe trip starts below the dam in Island Lake State Park. Some experience necessary. Drift 1.5 hours down to our lunch spot, then go through the wild part to Placeway Bridge. Trout, kingfishers and great blue herons are usually seen. Must phone leader to reserve your spot by 5/20; $22 each covers canoe rental fees and shuttle. Meet in Southfield at Tel-12 Mall, S.E. corner of Telegraph and 12 Mile Rd. Park facing Telegraph, S of the Marathon station. Phil Crookshank, 248-797-2885 (more)

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Saturday June 7, 2014  
10:00 am Peonies and Prairie Hike.
Hike in and out of the Huron River basin to enjoy the peonies in bloom and the wonders of the prairie in Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor. Birds and azaleas might be seen along the Huron. A 5-mile hike at a moderate pace, but with the challenge of hills. Meet in Northville in the MDOT parking lot on the 8 Mi side of Meijer's, s.w. corner of 8 Mi and Haggerty. To meet at Arboretum, park at U of M parking lot 29, below where the hospital heliport is, at 10:45. Leader: Diane, 734-718-5845 (more)

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Sunday June 8, 2014  
11:00 am Bike and Hike Belle Isle.
Explore our newest State Park by bike and hike. Lets see how the renovation of this park is going. We will plan to bike the perimeter, (8 miles), then walk the hiking trails. Excellent views of Downtown Detroit, Windsor, the Detroit River flowing past, big ships going through the great lakes. Bring your bike, helmet, a lunch and water, meet in front of the old Belle Isle Casino on the south end of the island. Cindy Gunnip, 248-336-2984H (more)

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Saturday June 14, 2014  
11:00 am Morning Hike at Maybury State Park (Northville).
Enjoy a moderately paced 3 mile hike through some of the less traveled trails in this lovely rolling park, site of the former TB sanitarium. We'll enjoy the birds and abundant wildflowers in the fields and woods as we pass. Meet at the park concession bldg., Eight Mile Rd. entrance, 1-1/2 miles west of Beck Rd. (and Northville); 5 miles west of I-275. Trip goes rain or shine. Restaurant and ice cream stop after the hike. Tom Griebe, 248-349-8782H. (more)

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Saturday June 21, 2014  
10:00 am Bike the Oakwoods MetroPark Trail to Lake Erie MetroPark.
Take a leisurely 15-17 mile ride, RT, using the new connector trail between these parks. The trail is level, newly paved, with some woods and goes thru Flat Rock and its scenic Huroc Park right on the Huron River. We’ll head to the boat launch at Lake Erie MP, enjoy lunch in view of the Lake, then return to our cars. Optional extension ride from the parking lot. Bring water and picnic lunch. Meet at the Nature Center parking lot at Oakwoods Metropark. Diane, 734-718-5845C. (more)

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Sunday June 22, 2014  
11:00 am Island Lake State Park Hike.
Brace yourself for a summer challenge: 9 miles on the west trail, rolling, deeply wooded, crossing the Huron River near our canoeing lunch stops. Bring lots of water, insect repellant and a trail snack. The leafy woods and river side trails will cut the summer heat and maybe bring bird sightings. Optional restaurant stop after. Meet in Southfield at Tel-12 Mall, S.E. corner of Telegraph and 12 Mile Rd. Park facing Telegraph, S of the Marathon station. Leader: Joe O Dell. 586-662-0984C (more)

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Sunday June 29, 2014  
10:00 am Seven Lakes State Park 6 Mile Hike and Picnic Lunch.
A moderately paced, 6 mile trek passing 6 lakes in this very scenic park. We will hike the woods, high meadows and prairies with summer plants in full bloom, followed by a picnic lunch at the beach. Bring your picnic lunch, boots, water and trail snacks. Meet behind CVS at Woodward Ave. and Square Lake Rd. SE corner. Leader: John Herrgott, 248-766-9575C. (more)

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10:30 am Paint Creek Trail Bike and Brew.
Arrive by 10:30, we leave at 11 sharp! Bike this hard-packed limestone trail 12-14mph from Rochester to Lake Orion and back, 20 miles total. Eats and drinks after at Rochester Mills Beer Co. Bring helmet, trail snack and water. Bad weather? Skip the ride and cry in our beer at 11:30 at RMBC! Change posted on Meetup by 9am. Meet at the RMBC, 400 Water St., Rochester, E of Rochester Rd., S of University Dr. Park away from the building to allow lunch crowd to park. Bruce Coppola, 586-260-4840C (more)

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