September 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.

The Sandhill Crane and Art Festival, otherwise known as CraneFest, will be held outdoors at the Battle Creek Kiwanis Youth Area, 22300 15 Mile Road, near Bellevue Michigan on Saturday and Sunday, October 8 & 9, from noon until 7:00pm. This event celebrates the annual fall migration of the Greater Sandhill Crane, Michigan’s tallest and oldest bird species. CraneFest is free and hosted in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek. Big Marsh Lake continues to host Michigan’s largest fall gathering of these majestic birds. Each evening in October, just before dusk, these magnificent cranes leave their favorite feeding fields and head to Big Marsh Lake at Michigan Audubon's Baker Sanctuary. Visitors come from all over Michigan and far beyond to witness this breathtaking migration marvel. Admission is free, but there is a minimal ($5) parking fee.

Artists Needed: Michigan Audubon is looking for nature-oriented artists from various mediums to participate in our 22nd annual CraneFest. In addition to the cranes, visitors also come to appreciate and purchase art available at the event. We still have room for a few more artists to exhibit at the Festival. Interested parties should contact Lindsay Cain at or 517-580-7364.

Volunteers Needed: Michigan Audubon offers opportunities to gain valuable experience in event assistance or as naturalists at CraneFest. Volunteers assist with a variety of tasks between October 7 & 10. Opportunities include: event setup on Friday, assisting the staff during the event on the 10th and 11th, and clean-up of the event site on Monday. Family-friendly activities at CraneFest include a small nature-themed art show, children’s educational activity tent, live animals, nature walks, and the evening “fly-in” of Greater Sandhill Cranes. To volunteer at CraneFest, please contact Lindsay Cain at or 517-580-7364.

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Part-time Membership Assistant Position with Michigan Audubon

Michigan Audubon is seeking an enthusiastic, organized, experienced part-time administrative assistant to support our membership, chapter, and donor networks in the role of Membership Assistant. This person plays a key role in membership, program, and general office support. The deadline for applications is Friday, September 23 at 5pm EST.

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Just for fun

If You Were a Bird, What Would You Be?

Social as a chickadee, talkative as a goldfinch, clever as a crow? The Cornell Lab Publishing Group is releasing Am I Like You?, a children's book with an online companion quiz to match you to your birdy alter-ego. This short quiz is a lot of fun for all ages. Brought to you by our friends at Cornell. Take the quiz. 

Our success is possible by the commitment of more than 2,500 members statewide. Join, renew, or gift a membership today and receive valuable discounts, our member magazine, the Jack Pine Warbler, and the value of knowing you stand behind Michigan's oldest conservation organization in protecting birds in our state. Become a member! »

Volunteer Corner
Seeking Volunteers... for the birds!

Michigan Audubon is always looking for volunteers who are dedicated to our mission of connecting birds and people for the benefit of both. We invite you to connect with us and to share your talents, time, and treasures with Michigan's oldest conservation organization. Follow the link below to learn more or give us a call to talk about opportunities for you at 517-580-7364. 

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.

Workbee at Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary: Saturday September 26,  9:00 AM – Noon. Meet at the Wing Overlook Kiosk on Seymour Rd. For more information, call Lathe Claflin (517-522-3949).

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Upcoming Events

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.

Calling all Birders! Birders' Wine & Cheese Get-together
Birds of a feather flock together...and birders should, too! Plan to join your fellow birders for an enjoyable social get-together. Detroit Audubon and Washtenaw Audubon Society are once again co-sponsoring a Birders' Wine & Cheese Get-together! The event is being hosted by the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy at the Conservancy Farm.
Come out and meet and greet your fellow birders!!
When: Sunday, September 11, 2016, 4:00 p.m. - ??
Where:  Conservancy Farm, 8383 Vreeland Road, Superior Township, MI 48198 - east of Prospect Road
Who's Invited?:  All birders, Audubon members, family and friends
What to Bring: Your favorite wine or other beverage, plus a small dish appropriate for a wine & cheese event, if you wish.
(Plates, glasses, etc. will be provided.)
Limited seating is available; lawn chairs are recommended. Binoculars and spotting scopes, of course, are welcome.
Dress: Casual
Reservations are requested in order to plan for this event. Please contact Jack Smiley at to let us know that you plan to attend (and the number in your party).  

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.

8th Annual Cranes, Colors, Cabernet, & Cider Festival 
October 15, 2016 at Phyllis Memorial Haehnle Sanctuary, Jackson MI from noon-dusk
Hosted by Jackson Audubon and Sandhill Crane Vineyards
Another great opportunity to see cranes in person! Enjoy guided bird walks at the sanctuary, a talk on the natural history of Sandhill Cranes, a car tour to nearby fields for up-close viewing and photography opportunities. 

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