Jackson Audubon Society

 The Audubon Society of Jackson County, Michigan

  • Sunday, September 18, 2016 8:00 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    First off, the crane count at Haehnle moves back to Monday evenings starting next Monday, September 26th.


    Today was a great day for bird species at Haehnle but not for Sandhill cranes – we found two cranes in the marsh around 5:30 and by the time we left at 6:30 no other cranes had come to Haehnle.


    Butterflies were out most of the afternoon. Here’s what we had: Orange Sulphur, Viceroy, Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, Eastern Tailed-blue, American Copper, Common Buckeye, Monarch, Silver-spotted Skipper, Pearl Crescent, Variegated Fritillary, Great Spangled Fritillary and Spicebush Swallowtail.


    We also recorded 27 [human] visitors.


    Compiler: Robyn Henise

    Submitted by Robyn Henise


    Crane Count-0


    Species count- 36

    Canada Goose

    Wood Duck

    American Wigeon

    Mallard

    Blue-winged Teal

    Great Blue Heron

    Turkey Vulture

    Bald Eagle (2 adults)

    Northern Harrier

    Sharp-shinned Hawk

    Cooper’s Hawk

    Broad-winged Hawk (we had a mini kettle of 21 birds – more than they recorded at Erie Metro Hawk watch today – they only had 3)

    Red-tailed Hawk

    Ring-billed Gull

    Mourning Dove

    Chimney Swift

    Downy Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Northern Flicker

    American Kestrel (catching dragonflies)

    Eastern Wood-Pewee

    Eastern Phoebe

    Blue Jay

    Black-capped Chickadee

    Tufted Titmouse

    Red-breasted Nuthatch

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Eastern Bluebird

    American Robin

    Gray Catbird

    European Starling

    Cedar Waxwing

    Common Yellowthroat

    Swamp Sparrow

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Common Grackle

    American Goldfinch

  • Monday, September 12, 2016 8:01 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    The Sandhill Cranes have not begun to use Haehnle as an evening roosting spot but several large flocks of cranes were seen flying around. One flock of 17 flew in overhead of observation hill and there were several young birds calling.


    We saw several Buckeye Butterflies and a total of 13 Monarchs flew past observation hill.


    Counters: Ross Green, Gary Siegrist, Don and Robyn Henise

    Compiler: Don Henise

    Submitted by Don Henise


    Crane Count-0


    Species count- 39

    Canada Goose

    Trumpeter Swans (2)

    Wood Duck

    Mallard

    Great Blue Heron

    Great Egret

    Turkey Vultures (50+)

    Bald Eagle

    Northern Harrier

    Sharp-shinned Hawk

    Cooper’s Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk

    Chimney Swift

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird

    Belted Kingfisher

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Northern Flicker

    American Kestrel

    Great Crested Flycatcher

    Yellow-throated Vireo

    Red-eyed Vireo

    Blue Jay

    Tree Swallow

    Barn Swallow

    Black-capped Chickadee

    Red-breasted Nuthatch

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    House Wren

    Eastern Bluebird

    Gray Catbird

    European Starling

    Cedar Waxwing

    Song Sparrow

    Swamp Sparrow

    Indigo Bunting

    Red-winged Blackbird

    American Goldfinch


  • Sunday, September 04, 2016 8:00 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    The fall 2016 Sandhill Crane counting season opened officially this evening at the Haehnle Sanctuary. It is very early in the season for the cranes to be gathering but the nice weather brought out the crane counters. A total of 6 cranes were seen at the sanctuary this evening, four of those cranes flew out around 6:00 p.m. 


    Counters: Gary Siegrist, Don and Robyn Henise

    Compiler:  Don Henise

    Submitted by Don & Robyn Henise


    Crane Count-06


    Species count- 19


    Wood Duck

    Mallard

    Great Blue Heron

    Great Egret

    Turkey Vulture

    Northern Harrier

    Cooper’s Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk

    Ring-billed Gull

    Yellow-billed Cuckoo

    Chimney Swift

    Belted Kingfisher

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Northern Flicker

    Blue Jay

    Tree Swallow

    Barn Swallow

    Black-capped Chickadee

    Tufted Titmouse

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Eastern Bluebird

    American Robin

    Gray Catbird

    European Starling

    Cedar Waxwing

    Common Yellowthroat

    Song Sparrow

    Northern Cardinal

    Indigo Bunting

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Common Grackle 

    American Goldfinch.


  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016 9:47 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Lathe Claflin was interviewed for a news story that ran this week on WILX TV.

    Video available HERE.

  • Sunday, July 31, 2016 10:01 AM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    From Lathe Claflin


    Report Vandalism at Haehnle Sanctuary


    During the past 3 weeks there has been a rash of malicious vandalism at the sanctuary.

    • Four bluebird nest boxes, 2 with young birds inside, were ripped off their posts –all babies are gone and presumed dead. This malignant act is a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
    • The beautifully painted Haehnle Introduction sign in the main parking area was spray-painted and covered with feces.
    • At the kiosk,
    • The registration box was broken and torn from mounting post.
    • The email lockbox was broken into and cards scattered on the ground.
    • Brown paint was used to write on a north side display case.
    • One of the split rails was pulled from mount and found lying on the ground.
    • Four other split rails were broken and pulled from their mounts.
    • The bench near the new observation deck at Eagle Lake was torn from its posts and tossed into the lake. The observation deck itself was defaced.
    • The sign explaining the restoration work in Bogus Lake Fen was tossed into Eagle Lake.
    • These acts are senseless, destructive, and pointless. One or more persons are destroying private property at a wild place that is open to the public and enjoyed by hundreds of people every year.

    This vandalism has been reported to the Blackman Township Police and to the Michigan DNR Conservation Officer. If you see anyone vandalizing any item at Haehnle Sanctuary please call 911 immediately and report them. If you find evidence of vandalism please call Lathe at 517 936-0528.


    We appreciate your help.

    Report Vandalism at Haehnle Sanctuary




  • Saturday, July 16, 2016 9:48 AM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Sandy and I just returned from a trip to Northern Maine, where we had the opportunity to visit Machias Seal Island, a sanctuary for thousands of sea birds, including the sought-after Atlantic puffin, razorbill, a variety of gulls and Arctic terns. Machias Seal Island is located approximately 10 nautical miles southeast of Cutler, Maine and is currently manned by the Canadian Coast Guard, which maintains a lighthouse for sea-going navigation. However, the island is also claimed by the U.S.A. Only two tour operators are allowed to land on the Island; Bold Coast Tours out of Cutler, Maine and Sea Watch Tours out of New Brunswick, Canada. Back in January, we booked our tour (for two July dates, to improve our chances for good weather) through Bold Coast Tours.

    Tours to the island are dependent on favorable sea conditions, which could preclude landing on the island, since tour participants must be tendered in to the sloping, concrete dock by a small skiff which is towed out to the island behind the Bold Coast tour vessel, the Barbara Frost, a former 40-foot fishing boat that is piloted by Captain Andy Patterson, a veteran sea captain of 30 years. The trip from Cutler to the island takes about 45 minutes.

    The tour group size is limited to 15 individuals. 

    Four observation/photo blinds are located near the lighthouse which will accommodate up to four persons in each blind. 

    The photography possibilities are simply amazing; in the south blind (my favorite), a sizable rock is located directly in front of the blind and Atlantic puffins and occasionally razorbills are literally within arms length of the blind!! Long telephoto lenses are not required. Ideally, a zoom lens with a range from a normal focal length to perhaps 200 mm is ideal.


    Here are several images from the tour, including some of my favorite photo examples of the puffins. They are a delight to watch and photograph!


    Doug

  • 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.


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