August 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.

New research technology is rewriting the story of bird migration.

Birds are flying faster, farther, and along more varied routes than previously thought. These technologies are also confirming the need to protect North America’s Boreal Forest, where many of our most captivating migration stories begin and end!

A new report from the Boreal Songbird Initiative, Ducks Unlimited, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Environment for the Americas highlights the variety of technologies used to reveal the secret lives of migratory birds. Results of this research have led to new conservation priorities fit for the 21st century.

Help us protect birds and their habitat in Michigan. Make a donation. »

Sanctuary Updates
Seeking experienced resident manager

Michigan Audubon is seeking ecologically-minded resident managers to live at and care for Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary. The resident manager position is a unique opportunity to live and work on a sanctuary and help Michigan Audubon maintain the property to connect people and birds for the benefit of both.

Learn more and apply now

T-Shirt Design Contest
Calling All Artists and Designers!

Michigan Audubon is looking for bird-centric, ecologically-themed shirt designs that inspire a love of birds and the spirit of conservation. Imaginative and abstract designs are welcome, but accuracy of specific bird species is preferred if/when species are illustrated.
Original artwork only. Your art and these shirts will directly support conservation programs that benefit native birds in Michigan. Submit your design to on or before September 10, 2016.

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

Just for fun
Surprisingly Awesome: Pigeons

"The greatest love story ever told:
humans and rats with wings"

Pigeons used to be symbols of high society -- why are they scorned as "garbage birds" today? If you're a fan of podcasts, birds, or both be sure to check out this podcast episode by Surprisingly Awesome from Gimlet Media.

Photo by Robert Claypool CC BY

Listen to the podcast »

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Volunteer Corner
Seeking Qualified Volunteers

Sanctuary Volunteers
Volunteers needed to clear trails at Kate Palmer Wildlife Sanctuary, located just west of Jackson, MI. Volunteers qualified to safely operate chainsaws are needed as well as folks with loppers and hand saws. Contact Rachelle if you can give a few hours to improve trail access at this charming sanctuary.

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

Chimney Swift Nights Out are taking place across the continent. Now is the time of year that swifts begin to gather in communal roosts, usually in urban areas. It's a great opportunity to monitor populations and estimate their numbers and distribution. Know of a roost near you? Count roosting swifts between September 8-11 to be part of the international survey. Learn how to survey and report your results to Michigan Audubon to help build our map of Michigan Chimney Swift Roosts.

Do you host a local Chimney Swift monitoring event and want help getting the word out? Let us know!

Other MA Volunteer Opportunities »

Upcoming Events
Mark your calendar!

Saving Birds Thru Habitat Presents Doug Tallamy
Saturday, August 20, Omena, MI
Best selling author Doug Tallamy (Bringing Nature Home) will be the featured guest at Saving Birds Thru Habitat’s August 20 Fundraiser. Tickets available online.

Vulture Day
Saturday, September 3, Ann Arbor, MI
Considered to be nature’s garbage disposals, vultures are an important, unique piece of ecosystems around the world. Join Michigan Audubon to celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day through family-friendly crafts, games, and programs featuring live Turkey Vultures. This event is FREE.

Oakland Audubon Society’s Nuthatch Open
Saturday, September 10, Oakland County, MI
This annual, competitive birding event challenges teams to scour Oakland County for a good cause -- all funds raised support the local Young Birders Program. After birding, join the group at a cookout and trophy awarding. Pre-registration is required. A $25 team fee goes to the Young Birders Program.

American Birding Expo
September 16 - 18, Columbus, OH
Come visit our booth at this upcoming event! The Expo is a retail-sales-oriented showcase of products for birders and nature enthusiasts. The Expo is free and open to the public, though there is a suggested $5 donation at the door which goes directly to the Expo conservation fund.

More Exciting MA Events »

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! »