Jackson Audubon Society

 The Audubon Society of Jackson County, Michigan

  • Saturday, April 16, 2016 12:00 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    We had a beautiful day for the Spring Work-bee at Haehnle on Saturday.  The crews worked on cutting trees in the area being reclaimed from the Glossy Buckthorn.  They also cleared out the wooded section near the parking lot and painting benches.  About 18 folks came out to help with the work.  In addition, we were joined by some Wilson's Snipes and 4 Pectoral Sandpipers in the Sanctuary as well as a flyover by three Great Crested Cormoronts.




  • Saturday, March 26, 2016 5:48 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Jackson Audubon Society Spring Wildfowl Trip

    A group of 14 JAS members toured around Jackson County for the annual wildfowl tour.  We visited Watkins/Thorn, Norvel, Center, and Wamplers Lakes.  Highlights included a view of a maturing harlequin Duck that has been at Michigan Center since last year and a Little Gull on Wamplers Lake.  20 species of wildfowl were recorded including Common Loon and Horned Grebe.


    Complete species list of 53 is below.


    Common Loon

    Pied-billed Grebe

    Horned Grebe

    Great Blue Heron

    Turkey Vulture

    Mute Swan

    Canada Goose

    Wood Duck

    American Black Duck

    Mallard

    Blue-winged Teal

    Northern Shoveler

    American Widgeon

    Canvasback

    Ring-necked Duck

    Common Goldeneye

    Bufflehead

    Halequin Duck

    Hooded Merganser

    Common Merganser

    Ruddy Duck

    Bald Eagle

    Cooper's Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk

    Wild Turkey

    American Coot

    Sandhill Crane

    Killdeer

    Little Gull

    Bonaparte's Gull

    Ring-billed Gull

    Forsters Tern

    Rock Pigeon

    Mourning Dove

    Belted Kingfisher

    Red-headed Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Eastern Phoebe

    Horned Lark

    Tree Swallow

    Blue Jay

    American Crow

    Black-capped Chickadee

    Tufted Titmouse

    American Robin

    European starling

    Northern Cardinal

    Dark-eyed Junco

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Common Grackle

    Pine Siskin

    House Finch

    House Sparrow


  • Monday, March 07, 2016 4:03 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Recent UN-sponsored report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), concludes that 40% of invertebrate and 16% of vertebrate pollinator species are facing extinction.  Audubon's commitment to protection and development of natural habitats, such as Haehnle and Kate Palmer Sanctuaries, are helping with this problem.


    See stories from NPR and New York Times as well as the IPBES news release.

  • Tuesday, February 09, 2016 11:37 AM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Corrie Navis, a masters student at EMU, is using Haehnle Sanctuary for her research. 


    She is investigating stress levels of American Goldfinch in urban and rural environment. She setup a feeder trap at the Sanctuary off Wooster Rd. on Sunday, 07 February to capture some birds.

    The photos show Corrie with one of the birds she collected from the trap.  















    The bird is captured and a blood draw is done within three minutes of capture.  The hormone cortisol is collected at that time and then 30 minutes later.  The levels of this hormone are then measured and compared. While captured, she also measures and photographs the specimen. Finally she bands the finch before release.


    Research is one of the goals of the Phyllis Haehnle Sanctuary so we are pleased to provide a venue for this student to do her study.


  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016 2:08 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Michigan Audubon posted this article about the work being done to manage Glossy Buckthorn invasives near the Bogus lake Fen at the Phyllis  Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary.


  • Monday, December 14, 2015 9:45 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    We huddled under the kiosk this blustery afternoon to watch the cranes come in to roost at Haehnle Sanctuary.  While only 243 were officially ticked, several thousand were setting down to the north. 


    A solo Trumpeter Swan came into mud lake marsh and flew right above the overlook. Then, when just out of sight, it gave us a few toots in case we weren’t sure if it was a tundra.  While we normally see a Northern Harrier, our spotters saw a group of four:  a mature male (“silver bullet”) and three immatures.


    You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/cranecount.html.


    Crane counters:    Robyn Henise, Don Henise, Ross Green, and Gary Siegrist
    Compiler:  Steve Jerant
    Submitted by Steve Jerant


    Crane Count-243

    Species count- 26

    Trumpeter Swan

    Canada Goose

    Green-winged Teal

    American Black Duck

    Mallard

    Ring-necked Duck

    Hooded Merganser

    Bald Eagle

    Northern Harrier

    Red-tailed Hawk

    Sandhill Crane

    Ring-billed Gull

    Mourning Dove

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Northern Flicker

    Blue Jay

    Black-capped Chickadee

    Tufted Titmouse

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Eastern Bluebird

    Cedar Waxwing

    American Tree Sparrow

    House Finch

    American Goldfinch

  • Monday, December 07, 2015 8:00 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    We continued crane counting at Haehnle this afternoon due to the warmer weather. Fog came in and blanketed the northern reaches of Mud Lake Marsh and by about 4:30 the normal landing spots and approaches were no longer visible.  However, nearly all of the 96 cranes counted this evening came in from the south and passed us above the overlook.  


    Several juveniles were heard in the groups.

    Our river otter popped up a few times, but was not nearly as visible as last week. 



    Based on continue warm weather predictions, we will be continue counting next Monday.





    You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/cranecount.html.


    Crane counters:    Robyn Henise, Don Henise, Ross Green, and Gary Siegrist
    Compiler:  Steve Jerant
    Submitted by Steve Jerant


    Crane Count-96


    Species count- 26

    Great Blue Heron

    Canada Goose

    American Black Duck

    Mallard

    Hooded Merganser

    Sharp-shinned Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk

    Sandhill Crane

    Ring-billed Gull

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Northern Flicker

    Blue Jay

    American Crow

    Black-capped Chickadee

    Tufted Titmouse

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Eastern Bluebird

    American Robin

    Cedar Waxwing

    Northern Cardinal

    American Tree Sparrow

    White-throated Sparrow

    Dark-eyed Junco

    House Finch

  • Monday, November 30, 2015 7:51 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Most of Mud Lake Marsh was iced over today so we saw little crane activity.  The cranes that did come in settled on the eastern portion of the marsh.  While only 95 cranes were counted, we still managed to have three ‘fly overs” which is always a treat.


    The river otters were active in water closest to the overlook. For over an hour we were able to see two individuals moving in and out of an ice hole and walking on the ice.  With our scopes we could watch them eat the fish that they caught. 


    Unless we see significant crane activity in the area and we lose our ice in the coming week, this will likely be the last crane count posting for the year.  Haehnle Sanctuary is open all year and there are lots of birding opportunities throughout the winter.  The nature trails are open for snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and of course, walking.  The parking lot will be plowed, so parking will be available even with an accumulation of snow.


    You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/cranecount.html.



    Crane counters, above:   Don Henise, Gary Siegrist, Robyn Henise, and Ross Green, 


    Compiler:  Steve Jerant
    Submitted by Steve Jerant


    Crane Count-95


    Species count- 19

    Mute Swan

    Canada Goose

    American Black Duck

    Mallard

    Hooded Merganser

    Northern Harrier

    Red-tailed Hawk

    Sandhill Crane

    Mourning Dove

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Blue Jay

    Black-capped Chickadee

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    American Robin

    Cedar Waxwing

    European starling

    American Tree Sparrow

    Dark-eyed Junco

    American Goldfinch


  • Monday, November 16, 2015 7:43 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    This week should have been our annual peak but we only counted 1,839 cranes today.  They are coming in during the last hour before sunset and are in large groups.  We are seeing more cranes settling in the eastern portions of Mud Lake Marsh but very few actually coming in from the east. 

    Over sixty visitors were on hand to witness groups of cranes flying directly above the overlook.  An immature Coopers Hawk joined us on the overlook and perched for a while before setting off for a passerine snack.  The mercury was in the sixties and although no bats were seen a few mosquitoes were still with us.  A dozen Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies were seen. 


    You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/cranecount.html.


    Crane counters:    Robyn Henise, Don Henise, Ross Green, and Gary Siegrist
    Compiler:  Steve Jerant
    Submitted by Steve Jerant


    Crane Count-1839


    Species count- 38

    Pied-billed Grebe

    Great Blue Heron

    Mute Swan

    Canada Goose

    Wood Duck

    Green-winged Teal

    American Black Duck

    Mallard

    Northern Shoveler

    Gadwall

    American Widgeon

    Hooded Merganser

    Northern Harrier

    Cooper's Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk

    Sandhill Crane

    Ring-billed Gull

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Northern Flicker

    Pileated Woodpecker

    Blue Jay

    American Crow

    Black-capped Chickadee

    Tufted Titmouse

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Eastern Bluebird

    American Robin

    Cedar Waxwing

    Northern Cardinal

    Fox Sparrow

    Song Sparrow

    White-throated Sparrow

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Common Grackle

    House Finch

    American Goldfinch

  • Monday, November 09, 2015 8:00 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    While both visitor and crane counts were down tonight we were treated to river otters frolicking in Mud Lake Marsh.  Three were active in the 3 o’clock hour but later, when more visitors were here, one of the otters was seen swimming about. 

    A half a dozen Eastern Bluebirds were very active in the meadow, checking out the nest boxes below the overlook.  Their color looked great and reminded us that spring is just 5 short months away.


    The cranes came in fast and in large groups with several coming in close to the overlook.  The numbers dwindled as the night grew near and a Great Horned owl reminded us it was time to pack it up and head home for the evening. 


    Tonight’s count of 1450 will be used for one of the official counts submitted to the US Fish & Wildlife Service for the 2015 Sandhill Crane survey.


    You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/cranecount.html.


    Crane counters:    Robyn Henise, Don Henise, Ross Green, and Gary Siegrist
    Compiler:  Steve Jerant
    Submitted by Steve Jerant


    Crane Count-1450


    Species count- 44

    Pied-billed Grebe

    Great Blue Heron

    Mute Swan

    Trumpeter Swan

    Canada Goose

    Wood Duck

    Green-winged Teal

    American Black Duck

    Mallard

    Northern Shoveler

    Gadwall

    American Widgeon

    Bald Eagle

    Northern Harrier

    Cooper's Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk

    American Coot

    Sandhill Crane

    Wilson's Snipe

    Ring-billed Gull

    Mourning Dove

    Great Horned Owl

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Blue Jay

    American Crow

    Black-capped Chickadee

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Red-breasted Nuthatch

    Eastern Bluebird

    American Robin

    Cedar Waxwing

    European starling

    Northern Cardinal

    American Tree Sparrow

    Fox Sparrow

    White-throated Sparrow

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Rusty Blackbird

    Common Grackle

    House Finch

    Purple Finch

    American Goldfinch

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