Jackson Audubon Society

 The Audubon Society of Jackson County, Michigan

Events

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, January 23, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Join the Tuesday Morning Group for a hike along the "Hoffman Trail", a wonderful woodland habitat between Moeckel and Reithmiller Roads   

    The “Hoffman Trail,” is the unofficial name for the flat nature trail with one end at Moeckel Road in the Waterloo Recreation Area.  Six of the seven woodpeckers native to Michigan nest along this wooded end of trail, which looks like much like a pre-settlement landscape.  

    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 (42.359759, -84.204271). 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, January 30, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Jackson Audubon took up Robert Ayotte’s offer for a presentation, “Conifers of the Great Lakes Region” for 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 30, at Hidden Lakes Gardens. Robert will discuss the identification, biology, and ecology of cone-bearing plants and then focus on the 13 native species. Afterward, the group is welcome to join Robert for a tour of the notable conifers gracing the Gardens’ arboretum.  

    Robert is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources, with a concentration in forest ecology (1983). He has worked in forest ecosystems in Michigan, New England, Pennsylvania. Oregon, and Washington. In 2014 and 2015 he was a seasonal ecologist for Michigan Natural Features Inventory where he conducted vegetation analysis and mapping in our local state wildlife management and recreation areas. He is a smooth presenter and a dedicated Conehead.

    Please arrive in time for a carpool to leave at 9 a.m. from the east side (nearest Summit Township’s offices) of the Polly’s Country Market parking lot, 2119 Ferguson Road, Jackson (42.198482, -84.439890).  If you would rather drive separately, meet the group at 9:45 a.m. at the Gardens’ visitors center, 6214 Monroe Road (M-50, 42.029902, -84.110799), Tipton.  

    Admission to the grounds is free for HLG members, $3 for nonmembers.  Hidden Lake (http://www.canr.msu.edu/hiddenlakegardens/) graciously agreed to host this presentation in its well-equipped meeting room and included it in the Garden’s online programs listing.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

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

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

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

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

    • Friday, February 09, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Vista Grande Villa, 2251 Springport Rd, Jackson, MI

    Israel, Land of Wonder:  Gary Mason
    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 is annual winter meeting at Visa Grande Villa and is on Friday evening.

    Please bring a dessert to share to share that does not require table service. 

    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 School District  closes.

    • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

    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 (42.359759, -84.204271). 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
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Date is not yet set for this event.

    Using 03/13 for a placeholder only.

    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
    Birding Eastern Panama

    Lathe Claflin presents, : “Birding Eastern Panama.” The program will include Harpy Eagles and Sapphire-throated Hummingbirds, along with many more birds of the area. 

     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, March 24, 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 there, schedule for 9:30 at the north parking lot.


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

    • Saturday, March 24, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Meet Eastside Meijer, carpool to various Jackson locations

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


    Our first stop is Watkins Lake SP.  If you would like to meet there, schedule 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, 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.

    • 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.

Past events

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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