One of the missions of the Audubon Society is education. We do this by inspiring people to value and protect the natural world.
Each year our Jackson Audubon chapter provides an enrichment program called Audubon Adventures to classrooms, grades 3-5, in area schools. This award-winning environmental education program helps students form positive attitudes about nature and supports teachers with instructional content aligned with national standards for Social Studies, Civics, Science, and Language Arts.
Teachers report that students enjoy the reading, colorful pictures, graphics and information in the Audubon Adventures newsletters. Through this program students are engaged in learning, wondering, and are motivated to do additional research. Teachers report that there are many ways to integrate these materials into the curriculum and that Audubon Adventures boost students‘ enthusiasm for learning.
The Audubon Adventures Program is free of charge for the classrooms because of generous donations from local corporations, community organizations and individuals. Jackson Audubon contacts teachers in the fall to enroll those wishing to participate.
For more information on this program, contact our Audubon Adventures coordinator Libby Warner.
Read more about this program on the national Audubon website
Not sure whether you should be playing a warbler call to bring one of those little guys closer? The American Birding Association publishes a set of guidelines to assist.
The ABA publishes the Principles of Birding Ethics
Want to become a citizen scientist? There are many programs to get involved. You can make observations, collect data, and submit your findings to state or national organizations. Here are some programs requiring different levels of observation skill and field work.
Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
Jackson Audubon coordinates this annual event which used to be for shooting raptors.
See the CBC link on the JAS website.
Online repository of bird sightings that you can use to find out where birds are in North America. You can also submit your observations when you sign in. Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)
An annual survey of bird populations on private property. The next scheduled event is February 12 to 15, 2016. Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Michigan Frog and Toad Survey
Annual observation program between April and June.
See the DNR web page for details
Michigan Herp Atlas
Michigan’s native amphibian and reptile record, collectively known as herpetofauna or herps.
Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
If you have any nests on your property, either natural or nest boxes provided by you, this program might be for you. Data is recorded during the nesting season for activities at the nest.
This program collects data from observations taken at your feeder throughout the year. Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.