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Cerulean Wabler_4 (danile Behm)_cropped June is a magical time to visit rural Barry County in southwest Michigan!  Frogs drumming, dragonflies buzzing, and Cerulean Warblers singing in habitat–you won’t want to miss Cerulean Warbler Weekend, June 6-8, 2014.

What to bring: comfortable walking/hiking shoes, lightweight rain jacket, sweatshirt or fleece (evenings and mornings can be cool), reusable water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, optics, cameras, and field guides.

Optional gear: canoe, kayak, paddles, life jackets; bicycles, journals, art supplies, yoga mats

For those who wish to camp, there are a few options in the area (see information below).

Map & Directions

Visit the Otis Farm Bird Sanctuary

The Otis Farm Bird Sanctuary is located at 3560 Havens Road in Hastings, Michigan*.

*Please note that GPS and online mapping tools may not give an accurate portrayal of this location.

We often joke that “there isn’t a straight road to anywhere in Barry County, Michigan.” This is somewhat true, and Barry County’s charming rural roads can wreak havoc on GPS devices and online mapping tools. THE BEST WAY to navigate to the Otis Farm Bird Sanctuary is as follows:


  • From M-43, head west on Goodwill Road for 1.7 miles
  • From Goodwill Road, turn south on Havens Road; travel .5 miles and you’ve arrived at the sanctuary


  • From M-37 (Middleville Road), head south on N Irving Road for 1.1 miles
  • From N Irving Road, turn southwest on Gun Lake Road for 1 mile
  • From Gun Lake Road, turn south on Irway Road for 1.5 miles
  • From Irway Road, turn east on Goodwill Road for .3 miles
  • From Goodwill Road, turn south on Havens road for .5 miles and you’ve arrived at the sanctuary


  • From US-131 take exit 61 (Bradley/Hopkins) and head east on M-179 for about 10 miles
    • Note: M-179 may be called 129th Avenue at first and then will change to Chief Noonday Road
  • From Chief Noonday Road/M-179 turn south on Whitmore Road and travel 2.6 miles
  • From Whitmore Road turn east onto Goodwill Rd and travel less than 1 mile to Havens Road
  • From Goodwill Road, turn south on Havens road for .5 miles and you’ve arrived at the sanctuary

Cerulean Warbler Weekend Google Map

Limited roadside directional signage is posted to assist with finding the sanctuary.

Click on the placemarkers to plan your trip:

RED - recommended accommodations, at a variety of price points, in the Hastings, Michigan area

GREEN – locations of Michigan Audubon bird sanctuaries; the festival site will be the Otis Sanctuary

BLUE – special interest sites to explore during the festival weekend


  • Whispering Waters Campground and Canoe Livery
  • Holiday Inn Express in Hastings
  • Parkview Motel
  • Adrounie House Bed & Breakfast
  • Bay Pointe Inn
  • Baymont Inn in Byron Center
  • Comfort Inn in Plainwell

Michigan Audubon Bird Sanctuaries:


For more information about attending, volunteering for, or sponsoring the 2014 event, please contact Michigan Audubon:

Mallory King, Marketing & Communications Coordinator


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