July 2016

Michigan Audubon

Michigan Audubon connects birds and people for the benefit of both through conservation, education, and research efforts in the state of Michigan.

Students Celebrate the Kirtland’s Warbler With Living Art
700 students from Allen Park’s Lindemann Elementary School came together to form a living portrait of the Kirtland’s Warbler, North America’s rarest songbird, which makes its home in Northeast Michigan’s unique jack pine ecosystem. See this art installation taking shape in this video from WXYZ-TV Detroit. The Kirtland’s Warbler Initiative is working hard to ensure this charming bird continues to thrive into the future.

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Conservation Books for Kids
Teaching our children to love and protect birds and the environment

She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!
by Kathryn Lasky, Illustrations by David Catron
The story of two spunky women who fought fashion and helped start the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
Grades K-4

Flute's Journey: The Life of a Wood Thrush
by Lynne Cherry
Follow the journey of Flute, a Wood Thrush, as he migrates from his summer home in the Belt Woods of Maryland to his winter home in Costa Rica -- and back again!
Grades K-4

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Sanctuary Update
Seeking experienced resident managers

Michigan Audubon is seeking ecologically-minded resident managers to live and care for two flagship bird sanctuaries: Bernard W. Baker and Otis Farm Bird Sanctuaries. The resident manager position is a unique opportunity to live and work on a sanctuary and help Michigan Audubon maintain the property and connect people and birds for the benefit of both.

Learn more and apply now

Michigan Audubon’s Bookstore brings you books on more than just birds. We sell books on wildlife, butterflies, and nature. Check it out! »

Our success is possible by the commitment of more than 2,500 members statewide. Join, renew, or gift a membership today! Become a member! »

Piping Plovers
at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory

Exciting news! The Piping Plover nest at Whitefish Point hatched over Fourth of July weekend! Here is a Digiscoped photo taken by Michigan Audubon's plover monitor, Sara Harrington. You can see one of the chicks to the right of its watchful parent:

Visit the Point and observe the Plovers
Enjoy a short presentation on the life history and recovery efforts of this endangered species followed by a walk out to the beach to try to spot Whitefish Point’s own Piping Plover pair and their chicks! Meet for presentation in education room of Owl’s Roost Gift Shop at WPBO at 12:00pm or 2:00pm, Sunday-Thursday through July.

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Volunteer Corner
Seeking Qualified Volunteers

Plant Survey Volunteers
Michigan Audubon is looking for survey volunteers who are reasonably confident in forb and woody plant ID. Ability to use a key or be willing to learn, is a must. Please contact Rachelle if interested in conducting plant surveys this summer.

Office Volunteers
Seeking local, weekly volunteers in the Lansing area to assist with clerical tasks at the Michigan Audubon headquarters. Contact if interested. 

Capital City Bird Sanctuary Workday
Saturday, July 23 | 9am-Noon

What to bring: Please come prepared for outdoor work; wear long pants, long sleeves, close-toed shoes, and a hat. Bring work gloves, water, snacks, insect repellent, and sunscreen, although we will have extras on hand.

Volunteer Birders: Birders of All Skill Levels Needed

A laboratory at Vanderbilt University is looking for birders of all levels of experience to participate in a project examining how perception and memory for birds differs between beginners and experts. They really do mean all levels of experience, from the true beginner to the expert with decades of study, and everything in-between.

These experiments are online on the web. They measure your ability to remember and identify birds and sometimes other animals or objects. Many experiments are fairly short. They can be done on any computer, wherever and whenever you decide to do them.

One of their current experiments is a bird identification test. Go online and test your birding skills. Once you register your own login id and password on the site, and complete a short survey of your birding expertise, you will be able to participate in any experiments that are available. If you have questions, please contact Professor Thomas Palmeri at Vanderbilt University.

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Join the Kroger Community Rewards Program and they will donate a percentage of your receipts to a non-profit of your choosing. Create an account and enter the numbers 90227 to support Michigan Audubon! Enroll today! »