Explore the Best Bird Trail in Michigan!

Redheaded-woodpecker-smallThe Paul Henry Thornapple Association is holding its 3rd annual “Thornapple Woodpecker Festival” on April 26-27, 2013 in Middleville. Because of the dense woodlands and wetlands surrounding this trail, this trail is abundant with at least 6 species of woodpeckers, including an established population of the rare red-headed woodpecker. The festival offers you a chance to see these beautiful birds and learn all about them as well as other birds through a variety of tours departing from Middleville Village Hall. A natural arts and crafts show and an evening Woodpecker Soiree and Ball round out the event. For more information on the event click here.

The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Paul Henry Thornapple Trail. The Friends have been heavily tapped this past year for dollars and assistance on the new trail segment in Vermontville. Their funding needs to be replenished after covering a portion of the design and engineering costs and some other pre-development expenses to enable a Safe Routes to School grant to come through. Without the friends group, we can honestly say this trail would not be able to happen. So please help the Friends group re-establish their funding base so they can continue their good work on the Paul Henry Thornapple Trail and enjoy yourself at the Woodpecker Festival. Donations are also accepted online at www.thornappletrail.com.