Jackson Audubon Society

 The Audubon Society of Jackson County, Michigan


Upcoming events

    • Friday, April 07, 2017
    • Sunday, April 09, 2017
    • Mackinaw City Public School

    Registration is well underway for the second Mackinaw Raptor Fest, according to Kathy Bricker, Secretary of the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch. She welcomes people to come learn more about birds and their twice-a-year migration at this event April 7 to 9 at the Mackinaw City Public School.

    The Mackinaw Raptor Fest provides an entertaining and educational showcase to promote public awareness and knowledge of raptors and waterbirds and the significance of Mackinaw City and the Straits of Mackinac during migration. It promotes positive public attitudes towards raptors and waterbirds and their importance to the environment. It aims to become an internationally renowned annual festival that will generate ongoing ecotourism revenue for the Mackinaw City/Cheboygan/Petoskey/Harbor Springs area, new sponsorship for research on raptors and waterbirds, and net proceeds to further that research.

    “Last year,” Bricker explains, “many more people wanted to attend than we could accommodate. So we have moved the banquet and keynote speech to a larger venue.” Bricker believes the Fest may draw up to 120 people from around Michigan and nearby states. Already, 60 volunteers have offered to help with advance preparations, sign-in, site set-up, food service, outdoor guidance to birders and photographers, and other needs.

    The keynote banquet speaker on Saturday April 8 will be researcher Mark Martell. From Duluth, Minnesota, Martell will regale people with stories about Golden Eagles, close relatives of the more widely-known Bald Eagle. In 2015 Martell, the foremost researcher of eastern Golden Eagles, praised MSRW for recording more Golden Eagles than any other hawk count site east of the Mississippi River. MSRW counted 374 in 2015 and 349 in 2016.

    Daytime plenary sessions at the Mackinaw Raptor Fest will teach people how to identify hawks in flight, with instructional film excerpts, and will introduce participants in person to live birds of prey. 

    Break-out session topics include Raptor Migration in the Midwest, Peregrine Falcons in Michigan, Use of Hawk Migration Data, Bird Photography, Owl Migration in the Straits, Loon Research, and the documentary film Uncommon Loon by Jeff Lange of Petoskey.

    Bricker adds. "Besides the Mackinaw Raptor Fest, MSRW will improve other outreach about hawks and owls in 2017, thanks to the generosity of the Petoskey Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. The PHSACF has pledged $7,000 for special programming and publicity to build on the enthusiastic public reaction to our avian resources. Birds comprise the feathered component of the natural inheritance under our generation's care, and are every bit as vulnerable as they look. Their future depends directly on our appreciation and actions.” 

    In 2016, MSRW recorded over 1,500 guest visits to the hawk, owl, and waterbird research sites, while several hundred more people attended programs and field trips. Support from PHSACF will help ensure that such people, including youth, come away with a greater awareness and understanding of birds. The Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau also gave generously toward the 2017 educational work of MSRW, recognizing the potential of birds to attract visitors to northern lower Michigan. Additional Fest Sponsors are joining in 2017.

    MSRW Chair Ed Pike, sums up: “Since MSRW was created in 2014, we have proven that the Straits of Mackinac ranks among the top migration funnels in the country for birds of prey. It's vital to continue this research to monitor changes over time. We also have tapped into the fastest-growing pastime in the U.S.: birdwatching. Bird research, education, and conservation dovetail perfectly, because people must experience and understand natural resources in order to value and protect them.” To directly support the research or education work, MSRW accepts tax-deductible donations via the website or by check.

    Bricker invites people to learn more and register at www.mackinawraptorfest.org.

    Event Contact: Kathy Bricker, Secretary, Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch at 231-627-4830

    • Tuesday, April 11, 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • Ella Sharp Museum 3225 S Fourth St., Jackson, MI

    Enslaved by Ducks:  Bob Tarte

    Bob Tarte, author of the Wall Street Journal best seller, “Enslaved by Ducks,” will share stories from his humorous memoir about Michigan birding.

    Tarte’s latest book, “Feather Brained,” tells of his quest to become a birder and find a rare bird on his own. The book will be available for purchase that evening for $24.95.

     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.

    • Saturday, April 22, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Haehnle Sanctuary
    Meet at the Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary parking lot on Seymour Rd.
    For more information, call Lathe Claflin (517-522-3949).

    • Tuesday, May 02, 2017
    • 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.

    Bring water, lunch, and a lawn chair.

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

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

    • Thursday, May 18, 2017
    • Saturday, May 20, 2017
    • Tawas Point State Park and surrounds

    Michigan Audubon is once again hosing the Tawas Point Birding Festival May 18 to 20, 2017.

    Registration is open as of 02/28/2017.

    Information is available at: http://www.michiganaudubon.org/news-events/signature-events/tawas-bird-fest/ 

    This is NOT a Jackson Audubon Society event.

Past events

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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