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Birding Montrose Point

Montrose Glossary

Terms used in the Birding Montrose Point section

Beach House
The blue and white building adjacent to Montrose Beach.
Butterfly Garden
The field northwest of the Magic Hedge planted in native wildflowers to attract butterflies.
Cricket Hill
The grassy hill east of Lake Shore Drive and northwest of Montrose Harbor.
The practice of looking for casual sex by gay men.
Dog Area
The fenced-in area at the far west end of Montrose Beach where dogs can run unleashed.
Fishing Pier
The fishhook-shaped pier that extends north into Lake Michigan from the east end of Montrose Beach.
Golf Course Pond
The small pond just west of Montrose Harbor at the north end of the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course.
Magic Hedge
The line of shrubs and trees that runs southwest to northeast from the northeast corner of Montrose Harbor. So called because of its "magical" power to draw in passerines and other landbirds.
Montrose Beach
The broad sandy beach that extends from the Fishhook Pier to West Lawrence Avenue.
Montrose Dunes
The complex habitat of beach vegetation at the east end of Montrose Beach.
Montrose Harbor
The large boat harbor on the south side of Montrose Point. The mouth of the harbor forms the southern boundary of Montrose Point in the Birding Montrose Point guide.
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
The part of Montrose Point that includes the Magic Hedge, Meadow, and peripheral plantings.
Montrose Regular
A regular and frequent birding visitor to Montrose.
Native Planting Area
The area of native flowers on the south and east sides of Montrose Point.
The shallow water wetlands in the Dunes. Currently there are two - an east panne and a west panne.
Peripheral Plantngs
The trees and shrubs between the Magic Hedge and Meadow and the Native Planting Area and Dunes.
Protected Areas
Any area that's fenced or cordoned off with rope. Entry into these areas is prohibited. An area may be fenced or cordoned off to protect plantings or to discourage cruising.
Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course
The large golf course bounded by North Lake Shore Drive on the west, Lake Michigan on the east, West Montrose Avenue on the north, and Waveland Avenue on the south.
The Meadow
The open grassy area east of the Magic Hedge.
Water Feature
The water drip southeast of the Magic Hedge. The water feature runs in spring, summer, and fall.

Aerial Photo of Montrose Point*

Aerial Photo of Montrose Point. Courtesy of the United States Geologic Survey.
  • 1) Montrose Harbor
  • 2) Golf Course Pond
  • 3) Cricket Hill
  • 4) Montrose Beach
  • 5) Fishing Pier
  • 6) Montrose Dunes
  • 7) The Meadow
  • 8) Magic Hedge
  • 9) Native Planting Area

Note: The yellow circle in the above map delineates the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary.

*Courtesy of the United States Geologic Survey

Birding Montrose Point