Audubon and cranes lost a good friend Aug. 6 when Hubert Peter Zernickow passed away at age 97. After many years of good health, he fell requiring a hip replacement and then suffered a series of setbacks before being transferred to Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice Center in Jackson.

Hugh served as president of Michigan Audubon Society from 1976 to 1978, and previously as vice president and chairman of the Finance Committee. During his tenure as president, his calming demeanor helped Michigan Audubon overcome a controversial proposal to extract hydrocarbon at Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary. He also served as president of Jackson Audubon Society, was a compiler of the Waterloo Christmas Bird Count, and served the Haehnle Committee from its formation. Hugh was a strong advocate of the Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary, volunteering at workbees, conducting weekly crane counts during the fall, and providing sound advice and financial support. Photography was among his other many interests, especially using Leica equipment.

His wife, Norene, preceded him in death. He is survived by grandson John Hoye and wife Laura, and a great-grandson, Chris. Honoring his wishes, there was no funeral or memorial service. However, memorial contributions may be given for the Haehnle Sanctuary.



You can make an online memorial contribution in Hubert Zernickow’s name here. Please note that all donations will be designated toward the Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary as requested.