Jackson Audubon Society

 The Audubon Society of Jackson County, Michigan

Events

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    “Michigan Bird Conservation Stories: Pigeons Past to Plovers Present”

    Read about this exhibit on the MSU Museum website HERE.

    We will meet behind Airport Rd. McDonald's, 9 a.m. for carpool
    or at Museum at 10 a.m.

    The museum is located at 409 W. Circle Drive, immediately east of Beaumont Tower and just north of the Main Library.

    Admission is by donation, suggested $5.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

    Weather cancellation Policy: JAS programs and activities will be cancelled if Jackson Schools close.

    • Tuesday, March 06, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Join the Tuesday Morning Group for a walk on the old Moeckel Road.  Follow the old roadbed though diverse habitats and across a bridge over the Portage River.  

    Meet at the west trailhead at 9 a.m.  From Jackson, take I-94 east to Mt. Hope Road, north on Mt. Hope 4.7 miles to Hoffman Road, east on Hoffman a quarter mile to Moeckel Road, and north on Moeckel 700 feet to the trail (42.36306, -84.20485). Hoffman and Moeckel are gravel roads. 

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

    Weather cancellation Policy: JAS programs and activities will be cancelled if Jackson Schools close.

    • Tuesday, March 13, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Ella Sharp Museum 3225 S Fourth St., Jackson, MI
    Gary Mason:  Israel, Land of Wonder

    Gary will share pictures and anecdotes of spring migration, including his experiences at the Eilat International Bird Festival. Israel is one of the best places on the globe to witness the spectacle of spring migration.

    NOTE: This program has been rescheduled to replace Lath Claflin's Panama program due to the snow cancellation in February.  We will be scheduling Lath's presentation in the future.

    Meetings will begin with a social time at 6:30 PM with short meeting and program at 7:00 PM.

    Bring recyclables (magazines, feeders, feeders, etc.) to the program.

    Weather cancellation Policy: JAS programs and activities will be cancelled if Jackson Schools close.

    • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Riethmiller Rd. DNR Parking Lot

    Date is not yet set for this event. Using 03/20 for a placeholder only.

    See evening woodcock "peenting" at Riethmiller Road grassland; date dependent on bird reports, 7 p.m.

    Meet at DNR parking lot, north side of road, west of church, (42.354879, -84.181749)

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

    Weather cancellation Policy: JAS programs and activities will be cancelled if Jackson Schools close.

    • Saturday, March 24, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Washtenaw County Community College

    Our friends with the Michigan Bluebird Society are hosting their 13th annual Spring Bluebird Festival at Washtenaw Community College on March 24th.

    Complete information is available HERE.

    Registration is not required but is needed if you would like to have lunch or build a nest box.

    This is not a Jackson Audubon Society event.

    • Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Meet Eastside Meijer, carpool to various Jackson locations

    Join us for an Early Waterfowl trip around the Jackson area. 


    Meet for carpool at  Ferguson Rd. Polly's at 9:00.  

    Our first stop is Watkins Lake SP.  If you would like to meet at the park, plan for 9:30 at the north parking lot.


    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

    Weather cancellation Policy: JAS programs and activities will be cancelled if Jackson Schools close.


    • Saturday, March 31, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Meet Eastside Meijer, carpool to various Jackson locations

    Join us for an Early Waterfowl trip around the Jackson area. 

    Meet at the Eastside Meijer parking lot at 9:00 a.m. 

    Our first stop is Watkins Lake SP.  If you would like to meet at the park, schedule for 9:30 at the north parking lot.


    Call Connie Spotts (517-230-2707) for more information. 

    • Tuesday, April 03, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Muskegon County Wastewater Plant

    Mickey Kress will lead us on one his favorite and aromatic birding spots in Michigan:  the Muskegon County wastewater plant.  The plant visit will be followed by lunch at Turk’s Tavern.

    Meet for carpool Behind Airport Rd. McDonald's, 8 a.m. or meet at the plant at 10:15 a.m.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 


    • Saturday, April 07, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Haehnle Sanctuary
    Spring Workbee at Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary

     9:00 – 12:00 a.m. 

    We will be doing trail maintenance, invasives management, and general cleanup of grounds and trails.

    Seymour Road, Jackson 
    Use GPS coordinates: 42.322, -84.289

    Meet at the Wing Overlook kiosk on Seymour Road.

    Wear sturdy shoes or boots.  Bring gloves, water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

    For more information, contact Gary Siegrist at 517-522-5990.

    Jackson National Life employees call Steve Jerant @ 517-614-2079.

    • Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Ella Sharp Museum 3225 S Fourth St., Jackson, MI
    Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve

    James O’Brien of the Department of Natural Resources presents, “Watkins Lake state Park and County Preserve.” James will share information on our new and exciting park, along with the news on its designation as a waterfowl refuge. A question and answer session will follow the program. 

     Meetings will begin with a social time at 6:30 PM with short meeting and program at 7:00 PM.

    Bring recyclables (magazines, feeders, feeders, etc.) to the program.

    Weather cancellation Policy: JAS programs and activities will be cancelled if Jackson Schools close.

    • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Dowagiac Woods

    Dowagiac Woods and Trillium Ravine

    Join the Tuesday morning group for a trip over to Dowagiac to visit the Dowagiac Woods and Trillium Ravine preserves.  

    Meet for carpool behind the Jackson Airport Rd. McDonald's at 7 a.m. Then breakfast at Mr. Wahoo's Eatery in Dowagiac at 9 a.m.  Andy Bacon, from Michigan Nature Association will provide a guided walk in Dowagiac Woods.  After that we will take short trip over to Trillium Ravine for the ...Trillium.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

    • Tuesday, May 01, 2018
    • 6:00 AM
    • Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

    Join us for a trip to the Midwest's best destination for spring warbler viewing.  This day-long trip to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Ohio leaves from Eastside Meijer at 5:45 a.m.

    Doug Leffler


    Bring water, lunch, and a lawn chair.

    Contact Steve Jerant jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for registration and information.

    Magee Marsh website:  http://www.mageemarsh.org/

    • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Falling Water Trail

    Falling Water Trail

    Join the Tuesday morning group for a birding walk along the Falling Waters Trail in Jackson.

    Meet at the Teft lot at 9 a.m.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

    • Tuesday, May 15, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Nan Weston Preserve

    Wildflower walk through Nan Weston Preserve

    Join the Tuesday morning group for a wildflower walk through the Nan Weston Preserve.  The tour will be led by Joann Balbach.

    Carpool from TBD.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

    • Tuesday, May 22, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Dahlem Preserve

    Join the Tuesday Morning Group for a visit to The Dahlem Center.  
    Group member Lynn Eckerle has graciously offered to lead the tour for us.

    We will meet at the Dahlem patio at 9 AM.
    7117 South Jackson Rd.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

    • Tuesday, June 05, 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Oak Openings

    Join us for another trip across the sate line to Ohio's Oak Openings Preserve Metropark in Swanton, OH.  Chuck Mekbel will lead this trip.   Lunch will be at Whitehouse Inn, Whitehouse, Ohio. 


    Meet for carpool at  Ferguson Rd. Polly's at 7 a.m.  


    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 


    • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Lost Nation SGA

    Join the Tuesday Morning group for a birding and tree identification walk led by Bill Sonnet.  We'll be visiting the  Lost Nation State Game Area trail in Osseo.

    Meet for carpool at  Ferguson Rd. Polly's at 8 a.m.  or meet the group at teh park at 8:45 a.m.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 



    • Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Clark & Avis Spike Preserve

    Join the Tuesday morning group for a wildflower walk through Washtenaw County's Clark & Avis Spike Preserve.  The tour will be led by Joann Balbach.

    Carpool from Eastside Meijer lot at 9 a.m. or meet the group at the Preserve parking lot at 9:30.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

    • Saturday, June 23, 2018
    • 11:00 AM
    • Connie Spott’s house on Crispell Lake

    Connie will be hosting a Potluck at her home on Crispell Lake.

    Bring a passing dish and a nature item for the raffle. Fun begins at 11:00. 

    Call Connie at 517-230-2707 for directions.

    June 6—Audubon Potluck

    Connie Spott’s house on Crispell Lake.

    Bring a passing dish and a nature item for the raffle. Fun begins at 11:00.

    Call Connie (517-529-9031) or (517-230-2707) for directions.

    • Tuesday, June 26, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve

    Chuck Mekbel  is leading us on another Ohio adventure. This time to the Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve near Holland, Ohio


    Meet for carpool at  Ferguson Rd. Polly's at 9 a.m.  or at the Preserve at 10:15 a.m.


    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 


    • Tuesday, July 10, 2018
    • 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Riethmiller Rd. DNR Parking Lot

    Join the Tuesday Morning group to listen to Portage Marsh wake up. After the marsh visit, we will take a hike on a local trail.

    Meet at zero-six-hundred at the DNR parking lot, north side of road, west of Waterloo Munith Rd., before church (42.360020, -84.177330)

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 


    • Tuesday, July 24, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • MacCready Preserve

    MacCready has a variety of scenic, natural habitats and elevation changes of up to 90 feet. 

    Meet at 9 a.m. at the parking lot at 9243 Skiff Lake Road (42.127565, -84.402745), a quarter-mile north of Jefferson Road, Clarklake.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

    • Tuesday, August 07, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Dahlem Preserve

    Join the Tuesday Morning Group for a visit to The Dahlem Center.  

    We will meet at the Dahlem patio at 9 AM.

    7117 South Jackson Rd.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

    • Tuesday, August 21, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Haehnle Sanctuary

    Join the Tuesday morning group for a visit to the Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary.  

    We will meet at 9:00 AM at the Sanctuary.

    The Haehnle Sanctuary is 6 miles northeast of Jackson, MI., on Seymour Road.
    Directions: 

    • use the coordinates of 42.322, -84.289  or
    • use the intersection of  Seymour Rd & Fairlane Dr, Grass Lake, MI 49240, the Sanctuary is across the street.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

    • Tuesday, September 11, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Lefglen Nature Sanctuary

    Join the Tuesday morning group for a trip to Michigan Nature Association's Lefglen Nature Sanctuary in Grass Lake.  Preserve information is available HERE.  MNA representative Rachel Maranto will lead us for a walk on the property. 

    NOTE:  in order to see some rare wildflowers, she will be taking us off the trail.

    Meet at Lefglen on the east side of Wolf Lake Road, by Wolf Lake at 9 a.m. 

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

    • Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary

    Join the Tuesday Morning Group for a trip lead by Mickey Kress to W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary near Augusta, MI.  We will be looking for waterfowl on this visit.  Lunch will be at Territorial Brewing Co., Battle Creek 

    Meet for carpool Behind Airport Rd. McDonald's, 9 a.m.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

    • Saturday, September 29, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Haehnle Sanctuary
    Fall Workbee at Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary

     9:00 – 12:00 a.m. 

    We will be doing trail maintenance, invasives management, and general cleanup of grounds and trails.

    Seymour Road, Jackson 
    Use GPS coordinates: 42.322, -84.289

    Meet at the Wing Overlook kiosk on Seymour Road.

    Wear sturdy shoes or boots.  Bring gloves, water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

    For more information, contact Gary Siegrist at 517-522-5990.

    Jackson National Life employees call Steve Jerant @ 517-614-2079.

    • Saturday, October 27, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Haehnle Sanctuary, Harold Wing Overlook

    Cranes, Colors, Cabernet, & Cider Festival

    Seymour Road, Jackson - use GPS coordinates: 42.322, -84.289

    There will be bird walks and talks on the natural history of cranes, followed by a viewing tour in search of cranes in the area. 

    Schedule:

    • 12 p.m.- Walking tour; this tour will be lead by a Haehnle naturalist and will be 1 to 1 ½ hours in duration.
    • 2 p.m.- Walking tour; this tour will be lead by a Haehnle naturalist and will be 1 to 1 ½ hours in duration.
    • 4:00 p.m. - Lecture on natural history of the Sandhill Crane by a Haehnle naturalist.
    • 4:30 p.m. - Car tour; to view cranes in surrounding fields lead by Haehnle naturalist. Tour will be 1 to 1 ½ hours then back to observation hill to watch cranes returning to roost at sanctuary.
    • 4:30 p.m. to dark - Wildlife and crane viewing at observation hill with Haehnle naturalists.

    Free admission

    Sandhill Crane Vineyards
    Located at 4724 Walz Road, Jackson is our partner for this event.

    • Saturday, December 15, 2018
    • Jackson County


    Join area birders and participate in national event to count birds in YOUR community.  Volunteers are still needed..

    There will be a dinner and social time after the count to share species lists.


    The deadline for joining is December 11. 

    Contact Gary Siegrist (517-522- 5990) for more information. 

    See the JAS CBC page for details and map.

Past events

Tuesday, February 06, 2018 Haehnle Sanctuary & Dalton Rd.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Hidden Lake Gardens & Conifer Presentation
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Hoffman Trail
Tuesday, January 09, 2018 Great Lakes Hummer Net-Allen Chartier
Tuesday, January 09, 2018 MacCready Preserve
Saturday, December 16, 2017 2017 Christmas Bird Count
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Dahlem
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 U of M Museum of Natural History Skins Collection
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Meet Michigan Audubon's Heather Good & JAS Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Watkins Lake State Park
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Haehnle Sanctuary
Saturday, October 21, 2017 Cranes, Colors, Cabernet, & Cider Festival
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Goll Woods (Ohio)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Wonders of Australia and New Zealand
Saturday, September 30, 2017 Haehnle Fall Workbee
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Burke Lake Banding Station
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Hawkwatch
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 The Milkweed Community
Saturday, August 26, 2017 Summer Shorebird Trip II
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Summer Shorebird Trip I
Friday, May 26, 2017 Kate Palmer Sanctuary Clean-up
Thursday, May 18, 2017 Michigan Audubon's 2017 Tawas Point Birding Festival
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 Jackson Audubon trip to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Ohio
Saturday, April 22, 2017 Haehnle Spring Workbee
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Enslaved by Ducks
Friday, April 07, 2017 Mackinaw Raptor Fest
Saturday, March 25, 2017 Early Waterfowl Trip
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Birding in Southeast Arizona
Friday, February 17, 2017 Celebrating Birds through Digiscoping
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Dawn Activity of Male and Female House Wrens
Saturday, December 17, 2016 2016 Christmas Bird Count
Tuesday, November 08, 2016 Michigan Turtles - Why Are They Declining and How Can You Help?
Saturday, October 15, 2016 Cranes, Colors, and Cabernet Festival
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Protecting Pollinators in Michigan
Saturday, September 24, 2016 Haehnle Fall Workbee
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 My Big Life
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 Burke Lake Banding Station
Saturday, August 13, 2016 Birds, Blooms, and Butterflies Festival
Saturday, July 23, 2016 Butterfly/Dragonfly Walk
Saturday, May 28, 2016 Birding Fieldtrip at MSU's MacCready Reserve
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 Dahlem/Audubon trip to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Ohio
Saturday, April 23, 2016 Earth Day Celebration at Cascades Park
Saturday, April 16, 2016 Haehnle Spring Workbee
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 The Little Things I Learned While Photographing Birds - Fai Chan
Saturday, March 26, 2016 Early Waterfowl Trip
Saturday, March 19, 2016 Kate Palmer Workbee
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 Ethnobotany, 101 Uses for Plants - Ellen Rathbone
Friday, February 12, 2016 Birding the Great Migration of Africa - Jerry Jourdan
Friday, February 12, 2016 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 My Big Life-Gary Siegrist --CANCELLED 01/12
Saturday, December 19, 2015 Christmas Bird Count
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 A Face in the Crowd - Doug Leffler
Saturday, October 17, 2015 Cranes, Colors, and Cabernet Festival
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 Consumers Energy Species Restoration at Hydo Dams - Dr. Gary Dawson
Saturday, October 10, 2015 CraneFest
Monday, October 05, 2015 Kate Palmer and Your Backyard - Ellen Rathbone
Saturday, September 26, 2015 Haehnle Fall Workbee
Sunday, September 13, 2015 MBS Fall Festival
Thursday, September 10, 2015 Midwest Birding Symposium 2015
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 Haehnle Sanctuary Committee Meeting
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 Ladies and Gentlemen: A Look at Gender Differences in Many Plants and Animals
Saturday, July 25, 2015 Wildflower trip to Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary
Saturday, June 06, 2015 Audubon Potluck
Saturday, May 09, 2015 Celebration of Nancy Lapinski’s Life
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 Dahlem/Audubon trip to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Ohio
Saturday, April 25, 2015 Earth Day Celebration at Cascades Park
Saturday, April 11, 2015 Haehnle Spring Workbee
Thursday, April 09, 2015 “Learn About Butterflies in the Garden”- Brenda Dziedzic
Saturday, March 28, 2015 Early Waterfowl Trip
Thursday, March 12, 2015 “Birding in Southwest Oregon” - Don Henise
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