Kalamazoo ZugunruheKalamazoo Zugunruhe

Saturday, September 7, 10 am - 6 pm

(Zoo-gun-roo): “The migratory drive in animals, especially birds 
during the normal migration period.” Join us for an exciting new 
event celebrating the incredible migratory instincts of Michigan birds, 
bats, and butterflies. Movement is an essential narrative of nature, so 
come explore fun ways to move at the Kalamazoo Zugunruhe!

Admission: Members free, Non-members $7/adult, $6/senior, $4/child (4 – 17 yrs), children 3 years and under are free
Sign up for a KNC membership at the festival and we will deduct the price of admission!  Guest passes are not valid for special events.

Volunteer at Zugunruhe and join in the fun!

Special thanks to exclusive sponsor:   River Run Press

Schedule of Activities
 8 am - 12 pm  Bird Banding Tours
|  Every 40 minutes, weather dependent

10 am - 6 pm Artists in the Arboretum  |  Local artists will be set up throughout the Arboretum in this special, open-air art fair! Interested in being an artist at this year's event? Learn more and register here.

10 am Build-Your-Wings Workshop  |  Craft your own unique set of wings with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts! Once made, don your creation and strut your stuff in the Magnificent Migration Parade at 11:30 am. $5 workshop fee covers the cost of materials.

11:30 am Children’s Magnificent Migration Parade  |  Celebrate movement in costume! Come dressed as a migratory animal and parade through the arboretum to show-off your costume. Make a pair of wings at the 10 am workshop, or bring your own outfit to display!

10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 3:30 pm  Live Animal Programs  |  KNC Birds of Prey will be featured.
12 pm Wellspring Dance Company: Dancing Hike  |  Explore movement through dance! Wellspring Dance Company will lead an adventure through nature while encouraging musical movement. 

12 pm - 3 pm Butterfly Walks  |  Walks leave every hour, on the hour.

5-7 pm Bats and Brews at the Barn  |  Attendees must be 21+ years of age
Did you know bats are pollinators of the agave plant that is used to make tequila? Join us for an evening “migratory affair” as we learn about the fascinating adaptations of bats, and their important role in an ecosystem. Dr. Maarten VonHoff will give a riveting presentation on these amazing animals to wrap up Kalamazoo Zugunruhe. $10/person if registered prior to event day; $15/person for day-of registration. Spots are limited!  REGISTER HERE or call (269) 381-1574 x0.    

Be sure to check out these activities throughout the day!

Artists in the Arboretum  |  Food Truck Vendors  |  Nature’s Playground  |  DIY Seed Bombs
DIY Hummingbird Nectar  |  Pinecone Bird Seed feeders  |  Creature Features  |  Face Painting 
Temporary Tattoos  |  Migration Trail Tales  |  Musical Performances  |  Speaker Series

Kalamazoo Zugunruhe Speaker Series
Presentations will be in the KNC Camp Barn Upper & Lower Levels

10:30 am - 11:30 am
“How to Save a Billion Birds”  |  Presenters: Dr. Sharon Gill (WMU), Dr. Gail Walter(Audubon), Mary Clare (WMU double-major in Geology and Environment & Sustainability) and Dr. Denise Keele (WMU)

Birds don’t see glass. They perceive windows as passageways to fly through or as habitat to fly into when windows mirror the sky and trees behind them. Birds typically die after colliding with windows and collisions are a major cause of avian mortality worldwide. Learn about avian mortality associated with window strikes, student-led research on bird-window collisions on the campus of Western Michigan University, and low-cost bird-friendly design solutions.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
“Changing Ranges of Birds & Trees”  |  Speaker: David Karowe 

The U.S. Forest Service has generated predictions about the fate of approximately 150 tree and bird species this century under two emissions scenarios: continuing along our Business as Usual pathway (4-5 degrees C warming by 2100) and implementing the Paris Agreement (2 degrees C warming by 2100). An example of how to do that, complete with a handout, will be presented.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
“The Purple Martin Story”  |  Speaker: Penny Briscoe

Purple martins, the largest of the swallows, have been experiencing serious declines since the mid 1950s. Graceful in flight and full of aerial acrobatics, these friendly birds with their cheerful song now, depend solely on human-provided housing to raise their young. Many Purple Martin landlords have taken measures to assist with the success of these vulnerable birds that have been known by many as a harbinger of spring and a welcome part of the American landscape.

Penny Briscoe has been a Purple Martin landlord for 34 years, hosting the same long-standing colony. During that time Penny has made many changes to the colony in order to increase the success rate of nesting pairs. She is a Purple Martin mentor for the nation-wide Purple Martin Conservation Association and has earned Master Naturalist designation through the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program, MSU Extension Services.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
“Firepower for Land Power”    Speaker: Michele Richards 

It's a little known fact that the Department of Defense actually recognizes climate change as one of the most pressing national security threats we face. Right here in Michigan our military installations are aware and working towards being as resilient as possible both to sustain the training mission as well as conserving the natural resources in which the soldier trains. This presentation traces the road Michigan Army National Guard has traveled thus far and the leadership roles it has taken, in its efforts to prepare for climate change impacts. Expect interesting flavors of prescribed fire, xeric habitat restoration, and the strength and beauty of regional partnerships.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
“The Last Butterflies”  |  Speaker: Nick Haddad

Haddad’s book “The Last Butterflies” highlights six of the rarest of these creatures.  Through his own experiences, explores the challenges of tracking these vanishing butterflies and gives a moving account of extinction, recovery, and hope.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
“Climate Refugees, Migrants and Displaced People: A Panel on Justice”  |  Presenters: Dr. Allen Webb (WMU English), Deirdre Courtney (WMU Interdisciplinary PhD student), Casey Schotter (WMU Sociology PhD student) Moderator: Dr. Denise Keele (WMU)

Some estimates predict that by 2050 there may be one billion climate refugees. This climate justice panel will explore human migration due to climate change through the confluence of human rights, historical responsibility, and the protection of indigenous cultures while tackling time sensitive issues of global security, health risks, and immediate adaptations to prevent catastrophes.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
“A Flower-fueled Transcontinental Traveler: Biology and History of the Monarch Butterfly Migration  |  Speaker: Andrew Myers, MSU Department of Entomology

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
“Bats & Brews at the Barn”  |  Dr. Maarten VonHof 

Register for this special program here.
Did you know bats are pollinators of the agave plant that is used to make tequila? Join us for an evening “migratory affair” as we learn about the fascinating adaptations of bats, and their important role in an ecosystem. Listen to a riveting presentation on these amazing animals from 5:30 pm - 7 pm, come a little early and enjoy a “Kalamazoo Zugunruhe Brew”