Jackson Audubon Society

 The Audubon Society of Jackson County, Michigan

Events

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, March 05, 2019
    • 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.

    • Tuesday, March 12, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • Ella Sharp Museum 3225 S Fourth St., Jackson, MI

    Courtney Bailey master gardener and co-owner of Summit landscape and Garden Center presents "Invasive Plant Removal and Incorporating Native Plants into Your Landscape."  She will discuss ID and removal of invasives and using natives in a groomed landscape with a focus on pollinator-friendly gardening practices.

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

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

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

    • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 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 an evening event starting at 7 PM.

    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 26, 2019
    • 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.


    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

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


    • Saturday, March 30, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Calvin College Prince Center, Grand Rapids

    Our friends with the Michigan Bluebird Society are hosting their annual Spring Bluebird Festival:

    This year’s Festival will be held at the Prince Center on the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI.  You can read all of the details about the festival on our Spring Festival page: https://michiganbluebirds.org/springfestival

    Our keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Doug Tallamy - Renowned author, biologist and native landscaping expert.  Learn about how specialized, natural relationships between insects, plants, birds and other wildlife can be created and nurtured in your yard as part of a diverse ecosystem. Seating will be limited for this presentation and we expect it to sell out. So if you wish to attend, pleas register early. 

    There is no admission charge for the festival itself, however there is a cost of $5.00 per person to attend the keynote speech, or join us for lunch and attend the keynote speech for just $15.00 per person.  We will also be having a nest box building workshop where you build a nest box to take home with you to put in your yard.  Cost to attend that is $25.00 and is limited to one nest box kit per family.   Go tohttps://michiganbluebirds.org/festivalregistration for all the details on how to register for these events.

    If you need a hotel room to stay at either Friday or Saturday night, we have a limited supply of rooms available at the Sleep Inn & Suites in Grand Rapids reserved at a special rate.  You must call them by March 9th to receive this rate ($84.60, pus tax) and mention the Michigan Bluebird Society.  The hotel number is 616-975-9000.  We also have a limited supply of rooms available at the Prince Center (stay right where the festival is held!) for $150 per night, plus tax.  You must reserve a room by February 29th. You can reach them at 616-526-7200.  Again be sure to mention MBS when making your reservation.

    This is not a Jackson Audubon Society event.

    • Tuesday, April 09, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • Ella Sharp Museum 3225 S Fourth St., Jackson, MI

    50 Years of Habitat Restoration at Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary

    Gary Siegrist presents"50 Years of Habitat Restoration at Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary."  Our Haehnle Sanctuary Directory will present a review of the last half century of stewardship at this preserve.

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

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

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

    • Saturday, April 13, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Meet Eastside Meijer, carpool to various Jackson locations

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

    Meet at the Eastside Meijer parking lot at 9:00 a.m. 

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


    This tour will be led by Ross Green


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

    • Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    • 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, April 30, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 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.

    NOTE:  Tour will start at 10 AM

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

    • Tuesday, May 07, 2019
    • 5:45 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Magee Marsh Wildlife Area/Carpool: Fergueson Rd. Polly's

    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 Ferguson Rd. Polly's at 5:45 a.m.  

    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 14, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Oak Openings

    Join us for another trip across the state line to Ohio's Oak Openings Preserve Metropark in Swanton, OH. Chuck Mekbel will lead this trip. Normally, there are Blue Grosbeak present until the third week of May and Summer Tanager present until the end of May.


    Lunch will be at Whitehouse Inn, Whitehouse, Ohio.


    Meet for carpool at  Ferguson Rd. Polly's at 7 a.m.  


    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 


    • Tuesday, May 21, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kate Palmer Sanctuary

    Join the Tuesday Morning Group for a walk around the Kate Palmer Sanctuary 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.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com  for more information. 

    • Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Falling Waters Trail, Teft Rd. parking lot

    Falling Waters Trail

    Join the Tuesday morning group for a 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 Teft Rd. parking lot at 9 AM.  Teft Rd. between Cox and Matthews Rd.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

    • Tuesday, June 18, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve

    Join us for a visit to Watkins State Park and County Preserve for a grasslands tour lead by Chuck Mekbel. Our watchilist will include Bobolinks, Meadowlarks, Henslow & Grasshopper sparrows, Dickcissels, and other grassland birds. 


    Photos by Chuck Mekbel

    NOTE:  No Carpool  Meet at the parking lot which is on the north side of the park on Arnold Rd.

    Email jacksonaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

Past events

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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