Audubon News & Events
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on our next birding trip:
Owl Prowl - Grosse Ile, MI
March 8, 2014 (Saturday) 7:30 p.m.
Great Horned Owls will have been nesting since early February, and Barred Owls will just be beginning to nest. Screech Owls will be getting ready to nest. Since they are defending territories, playing an owl tape or imitating their calls will likely bring a response from them. There is a good chance they will come in where we can see them in the beam of light from a lantern. Please call the Detroit Audubon office at (248) 354-5804 to make reservations. Meet at St. James Episcopal Church for a brief slide program on owls.
Address: 25150 East River Road Grosse Ile Township, MI 48138.
DETROIT AUDUBON NEEDS YOU!
The Detroit Audubon Society serves its 6000-plus members almost exclusively through the efforts of its volunteers. As we approach our 75th anniversary, we are proud of our many accomplishments—but WE COULD DO MORE with your help.
Our volunteers are our backbone, and more support is needed. Even if you have only a couple of hours available per month, WE NEED YOU! The only qualification necessary is a desire to assist Detroit Audubon in its mission to promote the protection and enjoyment of birds and nature...
There are SO MANY opportunities for our members. There’s a spot for you. What’s your specialty? Join one of our committees (Education; Communications; Fund Raising; Marketing and Publicity; Programs; and Conservation, including Safe Passage and research initiatives). You might enjoy manning tables at shows and festivals; or how about answering phones in our Southfield office? Our annual events need your planning and coordination. You might write articles for the Flyway and/or submit your photos. Can you advise us on technology, or assist with advocacy efforts? How about developing and implementing new programs, and even serving on our Board of Directors?
If you’ve been thinking about volunteering some of your time for a wonderful cause, please contact us today, and we’ll find the perfect “fit” for you.
Your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org describing your availability and your interests will be so very welcome. Join us!
WOLF HUNTING PETITIONS:
KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SIGNING
Wolf hunting is again legal in Michigan. A new petition drive to protect Michigan wolves is being launched. Read more HERE:
However, a competing petition campaign, conducted by Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management, aims to solidify the Michigan NRC’s right to name game animals in perpetuity. It will assure continued wolf hunts in Michigan. Be sure you know which petition you are signing. Read more HERE:
The 2013 Christmas Bird Count results are in!
Detroit Christmas Bird Count
Detroit Audubon thanks longtime coordinator Tim Nowicki as well as the Drayton Plains Nature Center for hosting the end-of-day wrap-up session.
Rockwood Christmas Bird Count
And, thanks to Tom Carpenter for the Rockwood count, available HERE:
Ready to become a member of the Audubon Society? Right now 100% of your dues will go to Detroit Audubon Society! Just join online and select the Detroit Audubon chapter code L50 from the drop-down menu. For just $20.00, you'll become a member of both the National and Detroit Audubon societies, and receive Audubon Magazine, the FLYWAY, and invitations to all Detroit Audubon birding events. Join today!
This online guide to North American Birds features over 800 species of birds in 22 Orders and 74 families. The guide covers all of North America's regular breeding birds - as well as non-breeding species that regularly or occasionally visit North America, north of Mexico.
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Join the Crowdrise Holiday Challenge
to raise $10,000 for the Kirtland's Warbler
NEW VISITOR CENTER ON THE WAY
This is a photo of the groundbreaking for the new Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center right next to Humbug Marsh. Detroit Audubon Society Board members Jack Smiley, Richard Quick, and Jim Bull attended the ground-breaking ceremony. Detroit Audubon Society was a leader in the fight to save Humbug Marsh. It started in earnest in 1998 and culminated in not only saving Humbug, but the creation of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge which now owns and manages Humbug. Since the refuge opened, Humbug has only been open during monthly public open houses and for certain other scheduled programs and trips. Once the visitor center is completed (in two years, we're told), Humbug will be accessible every day of the year that the refuge is open.
In other good news, the facility will be Gold LEED certified by the Green Building Council and is using bird-safe glass!
ECOLOGISTS WEIGH IN ON SB 78
From the Michigan Environmental Council, a Q&A with a Michigan scientist who convinced 133 of his colleagues to ask Gov. Snyder to veto the anti-biodiversity SB 78.
Here's the link:
NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
FOR DETROIT AUDUBON PROJECTS
SAFE PASSAGE GREAT LAKES
BIRD MONITORING AT THE DETROIT RIVER
INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
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