Nature center brings back the birds with high tech solution | Community Spirit
WEST OLIVE, Mich.—Even though many birds have abandoned Michigan’s feeders for warmer southern weather, bird watchers are in for a treat The Parks Nature Education Center.
Using a new app from GeLo, visitors can enjoy a guided bird tour complete with bird songs and calls, even if all the birds are gone.
“Eight beautifully carved birds were donated by local artist Michael Vanhouzen, and strategically placed around the exhibit area,” said Parks Naturalist, Kristen Hintz. “We worked with GeLo to develop a bird tour that enables visitors to learn more about the life history, songs and calls of these birds.”
The technology uses Bluetooth Smart Beacons to detect when a visitor is nearby, bringing up the story, photo and song of the bird on their mobile device. The GeLo app is available for download through the Apple Store for the iPhone and iPad only. Visitors who do not have either device can borrow an iPad provided by the nature center.
The Parks Nature Education Center is located within Hemlock Crossing Park in West Olive, located at 8115 West Olive Road. The center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.