Jackson Audubon Society

 The Audubon Society of Jackson County, Michigan

Events

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, February 25, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • MacReady Reserve

    January Tuesday morning nature tours begin with a visit to the MacCready Reserve (http://www.experiencejackson.com/business/1955

    MacCready has a variety of scenic, natural habitats and elevation changes of up to 90 feet. 

    Meet at 9 a.m. at the parking lot at 9243 Skiff Lake Road (42.127565, -84.402745), a quarter-mile north of Jefferson Road, Clarklake.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

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

    • Monday, March 09, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Riethmiller Rd. DNR Parking Lot

    Bring a flashlight and see the annual breeding spectacle of the American Woodcock "peenting" at the Riethmiller Road grassland.

    NOTE: This is a MONDAY evening event starting at 7 PM.

    We did this during a full moon last year and it really helped visibility.  It is March, we are in Michigan, and the sun will not be around long-so dress warmly.

    Meet at DNR parking lot, north side of Riethmiller Rd., west of church
    (42.354879, -84.181749)

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

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

    • Tuesday, March 10, 2020
    • 6:30 PM
    • Ella Sharp Museum 3225 S Fourth St., Jackson, MI

    Holly Vaughn of Michigan DNR presents “Michigan Waterfowl”. She will discuss field marks, biology, behavior and range of all our species.

    Meetings will begin with a social time at 6:30 PM with short meeting and program at 7:00 PM.

    Bring recyclables (magazines,  feeders, etc.) to the program.

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

    • Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Waterloo Rec. Area, Moeckel Rd.

    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.

    • Saturday, March 28, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Meet Eastside Meijer, carpool to various Jackson locations

    Join us for an Early Waterfowl tour around the Jackson area led by Ross Green.


    We will meet at Meijer east parking lot shortly after 8:00AM for carpool.  At 8:15 we will proceed to Gilletts Lake County Park (located on the east side of the lake) where others may catch up with us.  From there, depending on how things look around the county, we will proceed to Grass Lake County Park, Little Wolf Lake County Park, Norvell Lake west area (River Raisin) and then Watkins Lake.  


    Meet at the Eastside Meijer parking lot at 8:00 a.m. 

    Our first stop is Gillets Lake Count Park.  If you would like to meet at the park meet up at 8:15.



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

    • Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ferguson Rd. Polly's carpool to various Jackson locations

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


    Meet for carpool at  Ferguson Rd. Polly's at 9:00.  

    Our first stop is Watkins Lake SP.  If you would like to meet at the park, plan for 9:30 at the north parking lot.


    NOTE date Change


    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

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


    • Friday, April 03, 2020
    • Sunday, April 05, 2020
    • Mackinaw City



    NOTE:  This is not a JAS - Sponsored event. It is published here for the communication and convenience of our members.


    The Fest is an educational event of the fairly newly formed Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch (MSRW). The Fest highlights the raptor research and educational work of the MSRW at the Straits of Mackinac, which, as you know, marks the confluence of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. The birds could care less about the fudge, but they do appreciate a shorter route across large bodies of water! This, as our data has been showing, makes the Straits a significant/global migration route for raptors and other birds. Here is a link to our data (fall and spring):.

    We hold the Fest during the first weekend in April during the height of Bald and Golden Eagle migration. Registration is now open for the 2020 Fest at the Raptor Fest Website http://mackinawraptorfest.org


    • Tuesday, April 14, 2020
    • 6:30 PM
    • Ella Sharp Museum 3225 S Fourth St., Jackson, MI

    Dr. Curtis Blankespoor presents “A Rare Glimpse into the Unknown world of the Common Merganser.” Curtis will share amazing photos and videos of his research involving over 500 ducks and their relationship to the Swimmers itch.

    Meetings will begin with a social time at 6:30 PM with short meeting and program at 7:00 PM.

    Bring recyclables (magazines,  feeders, etc.) to the program.

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

    • Saturday, April 18, 2020
    • 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.

    • Tuesday, April 21, 2020
    • 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Dowagiac Woods & Trillium Ravine Plant Preserve

    Dowagiac Woods and Trillium Ravine


    Join the Tuesday morning group for a trip over to Dowagiac to visit the Dowagiac Woods and Trillium Ravine preserves.  Rachel Maranto from the Michigan Nature Association will provide a guided walk in Dowagiac Woods.  After that we will take short trip over to Trillium Ravine for the ...Trillium.

    Meet for carpool behind the Jackson Airport Rd. McDonald's at 7 a.m. Then breakfast at Mr. Wahoo's Eatery in Dowagiac at 9 a.m.  

    The tour is scheduled for 10 AM with MNA.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

    • Tuesday, May 05, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kate Palmer Sanctuary

    Join the Tuesday Morning Group for a walk at the Kate Palmer Sanctuary  This Tour will be lead by Alan King.  Alan is the steward for the sanctuary and will provide a tour of the property as well as updates on current work being done there.

    Meet at the parking lot on O'Brian Rd. just north of McCain.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com  for more information. 

    • Tuesday, May 12, 2020
    • 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 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 6 AM.   Meijer located at 3333 E Michigan Ave, just off US 127 exit for Mi Ave.


    NOTE: This trip may move one week based on migration reports.

    Doug Leffler


    Bring water, lunch, and a lawn chair.

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

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

    • Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Nan Weston Preserve

    Wildflower walk through Nan Weston Preserve

    Join the Tuesday morning group for a wildflower walk through the Nan Weston Preserve. 


    The tour will be led by Joann Ballbach.

    Meet at the Preserve parking lot.  The preserve is west of Manchester in Washtenaw county.  It is on Easudes Road 0.9 miles from Sharon Hollow Road. A small parking lot is available at the trail-head on the south side of the road.

    NOTE:  Tour will start at 10 AM

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

    Photos: Joann Ballbach

    • Tuesday, May 26, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Falling Waters Trail, Concord parking lot

    Falling Waters Trail

    Join the Tuesday morning group for a family-friendly birding walk along the Falling Waters Trail in Spring Arbor.  Gary Mason will be leading the walk.

    Gary will show us the birding hot spots on this popular trail park in the Jackson County Parks system.  Trail information is available HERE.

    Meet at the Concord trailhead parking lot at 9 AM.  Take River Rd. east out of Concord until it ends.  This is the western end of the FW Trail.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

    • Saturday, September 12, 2020
    • 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.

Past events

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Visit to the NEW University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
Friday, February 07, 2020 Glacier National Park and The Canadian Rockies
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Haehnle Sanctuary & Dalton Rd.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Basic Tree Care and Maintenance
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Environmental Threats: Rashes, Poisonings, and Envenomations at Hidden Lake Gardens
Saturday, December 21, 2019 2019 Waterloo Rec Area Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 08, 2019 Chuck Mekbel Funeral
Tuesday, December 03, 2019 Tuesday Morning Group: Dahlem
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Tuesday Morning Group: Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Exploring Jackson Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count over the Years & Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 05, 2019 Tuesday Morning Group: Sunrise at Haehnle Sanctuary
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 West Lake Preserve
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Burke Lake Bird Banding Station
Saturday, October 12, 2019 Kate Palmer Fall Workbee
Tuesday, October 08, 2019 Birding in the Lone Star State
Tuesday, October 01, 2019 Big Sit: Portage State Park
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Tuesday Morning Group: Hawkwatch
Thursday, September 19, 2019 Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens Birding Festival
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 Goose Creek Nature Sanctuary
Saturday, September 14, 2019 Haehnle Fall Workbee
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Window Pain: Helping Birds Survive in a Human World
Saturday, August 24, 2019 Birds, Blooms, & Butterflies Festival
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 Tuesday Morning Group: Haehnle Sanctuary
Tuesday, August 06, 2019 Summer Shorebird Trip
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Riethmiller Rd. Prairie and wetland
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Tuesday Morning Group - MacCready Preserve
Saturday, June 22, 2019 Purple Martin Audubon Potluck
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Tuesday Morning Group: Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Tuesday Morning Group: Wildflower Walk at Spike Preserve
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Birding the Falling Waters Trail
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Tuesday Morning Group: Kate Palmer
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Tuesday Morning Group: Oak Openings
Tuesday, May 07, 2019 Jackson Audubon trip to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Ohio
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Wildflower Walk Through Nan Weston Preserve
Saturday, April 27, 2019 Earth Day Celebration at Cascades Park
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Dowagiac Woods & Trillium Ravine
Saturday, April 20, 2019 CANCELLED Haehnle Spring Workbee
Saturday, April 13, 2019 Early Waterfowl Trip
Tuesday, April 09, 2019 Invasive Plant Removal and Incorporating Native Plants into Your Landscape
Tuesday, April 02, 2019 Tuesday Morning Group: Early Waterfowl Trip
Saturday, March 30, 2019 Michigan Bluebird Society's Spring Bluebird Festival
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Riethmiller Rd.-Woodcock Night view
Saturday, March 16, 2019 Michigan Audubon Annual Member Meeting
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 50 Years of Habitat Restoration at Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary
Tuesday, March 05, 2019 Hike on the Hoffman Trail
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Tuesday Morning Group: Dahlem
Friday, February 08, 2019 Alaska
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 Haehnle Sanctuary & Dalton Rd.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Notes from the Underground: A Focus on Soils in Forest Ecosystems at Hidden Lake Gardens
Tuesday, January 08, 2019 Live Birds of Prey
Tuesday, January 08, 2019 Tuesday Morning Group - MacCready Preserve
Saturday, December 15, 2018 2018 Christmas Bird Count
Tuesday, December 04, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Trek to Waterloo Black Spruce Forest
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Dahlem
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Owls of Michigan & Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Sunrise at Haehnle Sanctuary
Saturday, October 27, 2018 Cranes, Colors & Cabernet Festival
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve
Tuesday, October 09, 2018 Birding Eastern Panama
Saturday, October 06, 2018 Kate Palmer Fall Workbee
Tuesday, October 02, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Burke Lake Bird Banding Station
Saturday, September 29, 2018 Haehnle Fall Workbee
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Hawkwatch
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 An American Icon: Utah’s Red Rock Canyonlands
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Lefglen Nature Sanctuary
Tuesday, September 04, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Pittsfield Preserve
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Haehnle Sanctuary
Saturday, August 11, 2018 Birds, Blooms, & Butterflies Festival
Tuesday, August 07, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Dahlem
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: MacCready Preserve
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Wake up on Portage Marsh
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve
Saturday, June 23, 2018 Purple Martin Audubon Potluck
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Wildflower walk through Clark & Avis Spike Preserve
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Lost Nation SGA
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Oak Openings
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Dahlem
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Birding the Falling Water Trail
Thursday, May 17, 2018 AuSable Valley Audubon: Tawas Point Migration
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Wildflower walk through Nan Weston Preserve
Tuesday, May 08, 2018 Jackson Audubon trip to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Ohio
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 Dowagiac Woods & Trillium Ravine
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Kate Palmer
Saturday, April 14, 2018 Michigan Audubon Annual Member Meeting
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve
Saturday, April 07, 2018 Haehnle Spring Workbee
Tuesday, April 03, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Birding Muskegon County Wastewater Plant
Saturday, March 31, 2018 Early Waterfowl Trip
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Early Waterfowl Trip
Saturday, March 24, 2018 Michigan Bluebird Society's Spring Bluebird Festival
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Israel, Land of Wonder
Tuesday, March 06, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: Moeckel Rd. Walk
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Tuesday Morning Group: MSU Museum, East Lansing
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 Haehnle Sanctuary & Dalton Rd.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Hidden Lake Gardens & Conifer Presentation
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Hoffman Trail
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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