Jackson Audubon Society

 The Audubon Society of Jackson County, Michigan

Photos by Doug Leffler, Peg gClevenger, & and Steve Jerant

In Memory of Hubert Zernickow


Audubon and cranes lost a good friend August 6 when Hubert Peter Zernickow passed away at age 97. After many years of good health, he fell requiring a hip replacement and then suffered a series of setbacks before being transferred to Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice Center, Jackson.

Hugh served as president of the Michigan Audubon Society from 1976 to 1978, and previously as vice president and chairman of the Finance Committee. During his tenure as president his calming demeanor helped M.A.S. overcome a controversial proposal to extract hydrocarbon at Baker Sanctuary. He also served as president of Jackson Audubon Society, was a compiler of the Waterloo Christmas Bird Count and served from its formation on the Haehnle Committee. Hugh was a strong advocate of the Haehnle Sanctuary, volunteering at workbees, making weekly cranes counts during the fall and providing sound advice and financial support. Photography was among his other many interests, especially using Leica equipment.

His wife, Norene, preceded him in death. He is survived by grandson John Hoye and wife Laura, and a great grandson, Chris. Honoring his wishes, there was no funeral or memorial service. Remembrances may be given to the Hugh and Norene Zernickow Memorial for the Haehnle Sanctuary. They can be sent with the notation Haehnle Sanctuary to either the Jackson Audubon Society, P.O. Box 6453, Jackson, MI 49204 or to Michigan Audubon, 2310 Science Parkway, Suite 200, Okemos, MI 48864.  Or online using any major credit card at the JAS Donation Page.  Note Haehnle Sanctuary in the Comment section.


Who We Are

The Jackson Audubon Society (JAS) is a chapter of the Michigan Audubon Society. The mission of JAS is to instill in the people of Jackson County an interest, knowledge, and appreciation of birds and other wildlife.

We host monthly wildlife and conservation programs and introduce the public to birds during special walks at local and nearby birding areas. JAS has many knowledgeable and recognized birders who are always happy to help someone new. We get together in December for a Christmas Bird Count and we celebrate Earth Day every year at a public event with the Jackson Area Outdoor Coalition.

JAS promotes sound conservation methods by helping restore wildlife habitat and by helping prevent pollution through education. We sponsor a large number of Audubon classrooms in the area. We were instrumental in bringing back nesting Peregrine Falcons to downtown Jackson. We encourage Consumers Energy to turn its headquarter’s lights out during migration. Our volunteers strive to provide a healthy marsh to encourage Sandhill Crane nesting at the Haehnle Sanctuary where hundreds of people and thousands of cranes congregate during the fall migration.

We preserve outstanding wildlife areas by actively managing the Kate Palmer Sanctuary & the Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary and educating the public through tours and events. JAS partners with the Michigan Audubon Society and National Audubon Society and other organizations that are working to conserve our natural resources and protect the environment.

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