If you’re looking for a relaxing place to visit or a fun field trip destination, Kellogg Bird Sanctuary should be on your list of destinations to consider. Located in Augusta, Michigan, the bird sanctuary is an excellent place to take a walk, go on a field trip with the kiddos, or to hang out and take photos of a variety of birds.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was viewing all of the Trumpeter Swans. The first time you visit, you may be a bit intimidated by the swans and geese who will greet you, looking for a morsel to eat. You don’t realize how large these birds are until you’re up close and personal with them!
My best piece of advice is to purchase corn to feed to the birds.
Not only does having a bucket of corn help to draw the birds close for some awesome pictures, it also enables you to make your escape by throwing corn away from you when they become a bit too friendly. You can purchase buckets of corn for $1 at the same place you purchase tickets.
The main attraction at the sanctuary is Wintergreen Lake. Swans, geese, ducks, and other waterfowl are in abundance here. It was so much fun watching the birds take off and land on the water.
On one of our visits, we noticed fairly quickly that there were two swans who were working in tandem to keep their area of the lake free from other birds. They swam and flew in sync with each other to intimidate the other birds. It was an impressive sight.
In addition to a 3/4 mile paved trail, there are also three miles of accessible trails around Lake Wintergreen. If you decide to walk these trails, be sure to save a bit of corn for this part of your journey.
Although there aren’t as many birds in these areas, you will encounter a few. And it’s much easier to make your way along the trail if you have a few kernels with you to appease them.
You can hand feed the birds if you like, but some of them peck harder than others as they remove the corn from your hand, as one of my sons discovered. So be careful!
Things You Should Know
- Fun for the whole family
- The birds can get snappy, especially when they have chicks. This can be frightening for younger children so you may need to carry them from time to time.
- $5.00 Adults
- $4.00 Senior Citizens (62+) and College Students
- $3.00 Children (Ages 2-17)
- FREE Children Under 2
- $1.00 Bucket of Corn (I recommend one bucket per person. It’s fun!)
Be sure to check into their family membership passes. And occasionally, you can save even more money by purchasing your passes with a Groupon. So be sure to check that out as well.
- 9 am – 5 pm
- March, April, October, and November 11 am – 4 pm Saturday and Sunday
- May – October 9 am – 5 pm Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm Sunday
Other Area Attractions
The sanctuary does have a few picnic tables available near the parking lot if you’d like to bring along a sack lunch. However, my husband and I also found a quaint restaurant nearby called the Dandelion Cafe & Bakery (Located at 1396 E. Gull Lake Dr, Hickory Corners, MI 49060.)
I’m sometimes nervous about dining in new places because it can be hard for me to find vegetarian menu selections. However, I’m so glad we gave this cafe a try. Not only was the food delicious and reasonably priced, but the atmosphere was delightful. If you’re in the area to visit the bird sanctuary, I recommend you give them a try as well.
How Do I Get There?
For More Information
Address and Contact Info:
12685 East C Avenue
Augusta, MI 49012
Phone: (269) 671-2510