Jackson Audubon Society

 The Audubon Society of Jackson County, Michigan

Charles R. Mekbel, 1944 – 2019

Jackson Audubon lost a good friend Tuesday, November 19, when Chuck Mekbel collapsed and died while the Tuesday Group was watching waterfowl from the Watkins Lake State Park causeway.  An hour’s resuscitation efforts, first by Sylvia Kay, on her first Tuesday Group outing, and Steve Jerant, and then by the Columbia Township emergency and Allegiance Hospital ambulance crews sadly were unsuccessful.

Chuck was a poster child for the Tuesday Group attracting good people who enjoy being in the natural world.  After showing up at a JAS Haehnle Sanctuary crane count seven years ago, the Metamora, Ohio, resident soon became a Tuesday Group regular.  Though he never sought the limelight, he generously shared hundreds of his outstanding, professional bird images with tourers and JAS’s website and Bird Tracks newsletter.  [The slideshow above is a selection of Chuck’s work in the past year.]  He also eagerly led Tuesday tours to several of his favorite Ohio birding spots.

Chuck was a civil engineering graduate of Valparaiso University, served with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, and retired from an engineering career in the Ohio utility industry.  There will be a memorial service for Chuck from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. next Sunday, December 8, at the Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 Main Street, Sylvania, Ohio 43560, https://www.reebfuneralhome.com/notices/Charles-Mekbel.  
Rest in peace, Chuck.

Posted by Mickey Kress 12/01/2019

The family has designated JAS for donations

You can to donate online or print this form and mail to 

Jackson Audubon Society
PO Box 6453
Jackson, MI 4920

2020 Membership Drive

Our annual membership renewal for January is underway!

Email and US post mail communication are going out in December.  Paper check renewal can be done by printing the paper forms available on the membership page.  Or you can renew online by logging into the site then clicking on the profile page.  The secure payment site supports all major credit cards.  

Who We Are

The Jackson Audubon Society (JAS) is a chapter of the Michigan Audubon Society. The mission of JAS is to instill in the people of Jackson County an interest, knowledge, and appreciation of birds and other wildlife.

We host monthly wildlife and conservation programs and introduce the public to birds during special walks at local and nearby birding areas. JAS has many knowledgeable and recognized birders who are always happy to help someone new. We get together in December for a Christmas Bird Count and we celebrate Earth Day every year at a public event with the Jackson Area Outdoor Coalition.

JAS promotes sound conservation methods by helping restore wildlife habitat and by helping prevent pollution through education. We sponsor a large number of Audubon classrooms in the area. We were instrumental in bringing back nesting Peregrine Falcons to downtown Jackson. We encourage Consumers Energy to turn its headquarter’s lights out during migration. Our volunteers strive to provide a healthy marsh to encourage Sandhill Crane nesting at the Haehnle Sanctuary where hundreds of people and thousands of cranes congregate during the fall migration.

We preserve outstanding wildlife areas by actively managing the Kate Palmer Sanctuary & the Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary and educating the public through tours and events. JAS partners with the Michigan Audubon Society and National Audubon Society and other organizations that are working to conserve our natural resources and protect the environment.

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