5 Great Parks in Kalamazoo That are Great for Birdwatching

As we get closer and closer to spring, it’s time to start thinking about all of the outdoor adventures that are waiting for us this spring, summer, and fall. There are so many great parks in Kalamazoo, which offer a range of activities like hiking, biking, birdwatching, boating, and more. This spring is a great time to get out and enjoy a bit of birdwatching at various parks in Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo itself has become Michigan’s epicenter for great art, museums, theatre, music, food, craft brews, and, of course, plenty of fun. You can stay and enjoy it all when you stay at our Kalamazoo Bed and Breakfast, located within easy reach of the best of Kalamazoo. Come and experience the gracious accommodations, great breakfasts, and indulge in some well-deserved relaxation. Book your room at our Kalamazoo Bed and Breakfast today!

Woods lake park is one of the most beautiful parks in kalamazoo

The Best Parks in Kalamazoo for Birdwatching

Birdwatching is a quiet and beautiful way to spend a spring day, and luckily there are plenty of great parks in Kalamazoo that are perfect for this popular silent sport. There’s something about a quiet afternoon spent in nature that is restorative, especially after a winter mired in the cold.

Here are the top parks in Kalamazoo and the surrounding area for birdwatching.

  • Kleinstuck Preserve is one of the best parks in Kalamazoo for birdwatching, especially if you visit from the first of April to late May. There’s a trail that encircles the wetland, and a total of 205 species of birds have been recorded here, including 38 warbler species.
  • Asylum Lake Preserve offers a variety of bird habitats, including a lake, deciduous woods, restored native grassland, and some marsh areas. The bird diversity is often good from spring through fall.
  • Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery is another good place for birdwatching in Kalamazoo. Spring and late summer offer superb birdwatching opportunities, with a variety of shorebirds and songbirds found here. In the winter, you can even see ducks and other migrants. There have been almost 200 species of birds recorded here, including nearly 30 species of warblers.
  • West Lake Nature Preserve, which is actually in Portage, is also excellent for birdwatching. The habitats here include shallow ponds, marshes, deciduous woods, a lovely tamarack bog with a boardwalk, and a view of West Lake’s west side.
  • Kal-Haven Trail State Park is another one of the best parks in Kalamazoo for birdwatching, offering plenty of diverse habitats and trails throughout. The trails here are mostly wooded and/or shrubby, good for perching songbirds. In recent years 156 species, including 30 warbler species, have been recorded.
  • Portage Creek Bicentennial Pathway, also in Portage, offers plenty of wet, shrubby habitats for birds and other wildlife. Throughout the spring and fall, you’ll find an excellent variety of perching songbirds.

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The Best Place to Stay in Kalamazoo

We love visiting the many beautiful parks in Kalamazoo – and spring is a great time to do just that! At the end of your day, though, you’ll be ready to put your feet up and relax, and there’s no better place to do that than our Kalamazoo Bed and Breakfast. We’re rated as one of the best places to stay in Michigan, and it’s easy to see why.

Our Bed and Breakfast features ten uniquely appointed and spacious guest rooms, each of which is outfitted with amenities you’d expect to find at top hotel chains, like a bubble or soaking tub, luxurious beds with the finest linens, complimentary treats in the afternoons, the latest technology, and so much more. We go far above and beyond the ordinary to bring you one of the best experiences – and it’s this attention to detail that makes us the #1 choice for lodging near downtown Kalamazoo.

Regardless of what you plan to do during the day, whether it’s visiting the top parks in Kalamazoo, exploring museums and other attractions, or sample craft brews and exploring downtown Kalamazoo, you’ll find that our Inn is well-located to enjoy the best of this town. Each morning here will start with a delicious and hearty breakfast. We make it from scratch every morning, and it is the perfect fuel for whatever adventure lies ahead. Book your room at our #1-rated Kalamazoo Bed and Breakfast today!

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