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Vandals Target Treasured Bird Sanctuary

Rachelle Roake

Recent damage to Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary ignites support from the birding community Over the past several weeks, Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary has seen a rash of vandalism. These senseless acts damaged not only the handmade kiosk, signs, and new…

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Pollinator Week, A Wrap-Up

Kristin Phillips

Celebrating our Partners in Pollination for Pollinator Week This week, we celebrated National Pollinator Week. Initially designated in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior to raise awareness of declining pollinator populations. We shared…

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Join our Milkweed Planting Workdays!

Kristin Phillips

Volunteers Needed to Support Monarch Butterflies In response to continent-wide declines of monarch butterfly populations, Michigan Audubon is working to support monarchs and other pollinators on two local sanctuaries. Monarch Watch, a nonprofit focused on monarch butterfly education and conservation,…

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International Migratory Bird Day, 2016

Kristin Phillips

Migratory Bird Day, May 14, 2016 by Conservation Science Coordinator Rachelle Roake Tanagers, orioles, thrushes, flycatchers, warblers—the air is full of migrants and birdsong. To celebrate the return of these and other transcontinental migrants, this Saturday, May 14, 2016 is…

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Meet Michigan Audubon’s New Executive Director, Heather Good

Kristin Phillips

Please Welcome New Executive Director for Michigan Audubon: Heather Good On Behalf of the Board of Directors, we are thrilled to announce that as of 1 March 2016, Heather Good will be the new Executive Director of Michigan Audubon. Heather…

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Welcome to Year 3 of the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz!

Rachelle Roake

Michigan Audubon is blitzing for blackbirds as part of the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz, coordinated by the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group. This is the third and final year for “the Blitz,” so we really hope that birders will…

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Michigan Audubon Acquires 80 Acres of Migratory Bird Habitat

Rachelle Roake

Michigan Audubon expands Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary to protect 978 total acres of bird habitat. Michigan Audubon’s Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary in Calhoun County, Michigan recently received an additional 80 acres of protected lands thanks to collaboration with The Conservation Fund…

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Annual Fall Migration Sandhill Crane Survey at Michigan Audubon Sanctuaries

Rachelle Roake

Greater Sandhill Cranes at Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary Each fall, the US Fish and Wildlife Service coordinates an annual census of migrating Sandhill Cranes across North America. Michigan Audubon volunteers come together to survey Sandhill Cranes at two important stopover sites –…

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Saving Bogus Lake Fen – Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary

Rachelle Roake

The Stewardship Committee at Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary had a problem – a problem 45 acres in size, in the shape of a doughnut. Unfortunately, this is not an actual 45-acre doughnut but instead a glossy buckthorn infestation of epic…

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Michigan Audubon to lead free bird walks on Wednesdays in May at Capital City Bird Sanctuary

Rachelle Roake

Bird Walks in May at Capital City Bird Sanctuary at Hawk Valley Farm Michigan Audubon’s newest sanctuary is located in Delta Township, just northwest of downtown Lansing. This suburban oasis provides a wide variety of habitats including open meadow, shrubland,…

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