Meeting Programs 2017


Monday, January 9, 2017 - “Owls of Michigan”
7:00 PM, Sterling Heights Senior Center, 40200 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)
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Presented by: Tom Hince

Owls are fascinating creatures! In this program, we’ll learn about at the 10 species of owl that can be found here in Michigan. We’ll talk about their biology and behavior and even delve into their diet by picking apart some owl pellets to see what they’ve been eating! If time permits, we may even wander the edges of the woodlands near the Senior Center to see if any Eastern Screech owls are feeling talkative!

Holly Vaughn-Joswick is a Wildlife Outreach Technician with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. She is based out of the Detroit Metro Customer Service Center in Detroit. Holly loves to educate people about Michigan wildlife. She has a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife and an MS in Park, Recreation and Tourism Resources from MSU. Holly is an avid birder.

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Monday, February 6, 2017 - “South African Adventure”
7:00 PM
, Sterling Heights Senior Center, 40200 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)

Presented by: Tom Hince

We’re delighted to welcome Tom Hince back to Macomb Audubon where he’ll regale us with stories from his latest tour of South Africa! Tom’s engaging presentation style will be sure to delight audiences!

Tom Hince has been a naturalist and birder for five decades. His career has included work with Parks Canada (four national parks including Point Pelee), the Discovery Channel, and Environment Canada. He currently works as a freelance guide offering trips to select destinations around the globe (birdwithtom.com).

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Monday, March 6, 2017 - “The Hidden Fishes of Michigan”
7:00 PM
, Sterling Heights Senior Center, 40200 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)

Presented by: Bob Muller

Bob will talk to us about our local fish community, and especially those species that have found their way into Michigan through a Lake Erie connection. There are about 15 species found only in southeast Michigan in the Lake Erie watershed. Most of the public is only familiar with game fish as that is what they see out of the water. Our small native fishes are almost completely unknown even to people with a strong interest in Nature. We’ll learn about these small native fishes and Bob will also comment on research on the invasive Round Goby and surprise goby research findings between the Rouge River and the Clinton River.

Find out how much you know about birds as club members Jeremy and Holly Joswick test your visual and auditory knowledge of bird identification in a fun “Jeopardy” style team challenge. The group will be divided into two or more teams of equal strength as each is pitted against the other. Who will be the victorious team?

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Monday, April 3, 2017 - Movie Night - "A Birder's Guide to Everything”
7:00 PM
, Sterling Heights Senior Center, 40200 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)

Let’s watch a movie together! “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” was released in 2013 and details the adventures of a 15-year-old birding fanatic who thinks he’s discovered the extinct Labrador Duck. On the eve of his father’s remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history.

The film has a run time of 1 hour and 26 minutes and stars Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Kingsley. The film is rated PG-13. Feel free to bring your favorite comfy camp chair if you prefer that to the Senior Center’s chairs.

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Monday, May 1, 2017 - “Where is the Next Generation of Birders? Mentoring Today’s Youth in the Field”
7:00 PM
, Sterling Heights Senior Center, 40200 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)

Presented by: Daryl Bernard

Look around most local Audubon meetings, field tours, and birding hotspots. Notice anything about the demographics of birders? Youth tend to be conspicuously absent. Today’s youth are more insulated from nature than at any time in our nation’s history. According to author Richard Louv in his ground-breaking book Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, “direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health.” And yet, our kids are increasingly not getting outdoors, exposed to and immersed in nature, as children naturally were in previous generations. As birders, what can we do? Take a youngster birding! Mentoring a youth will have benefits for both you as the mentor, and the young person as the mentee. Seeing chickadees and cardinals all over again through a new, young birder’s eyes is invigorating, refreshing, and inspiring. You can make a difference!

Seven Ponds Nature Center’s new Executive Director Daryl Bernard will be discussing his experiences in developing a youth birding club, taking kids birding, securing optics, and introducing the next generation of birders to the wonders of the avian world.

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Monday, June 5, 2017 - “The Wonders of the Galapagos Islands”
7:00 PM
, Sterling Heights Senior Center, 40200 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)

Presented by: Annie Crary

The Galapagos Islands are well known as one of Charles Darwin's stops during his journey aboard the HMS Beagle, and where his observations helped him develop his theory of natural selection. Annie Crary traveled there in 2010 to see the birds, wildlife, and habitats. She will share photographic highlights of her trip.

Annie was trained as a bird bander in Pennsylvania and has traveled around the country and internationally studying avian ecology and behavior. She earned her B.S. in Biology from Grove City College, and her M.S. in Natural Resources from Ohio State University where she studied Yellow Warblers (Setophaga petechia). She is interested in winter ecology, migration, and timing and sequence of molt, and currently serves as the Bird Banding Workshop Coordinator and Instructor at Powdermill Nature Reserve in Pennsylvania. She is a master bird banding permit holder and a North American Banding Council certified trainer. In her spare time, Annie enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and dogs, hiking, canoeing, swimming, reading, and writing. She is an avid birder and scuba diver.

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**CANCELLED** - Monday, July 10, 2017 - Annual Summer Potluck Picnic
The Summer Potluck Picnic was officially canceled this year.


Monday, August 7, 2017 - Ice Cream Social
7:00 pm, Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center (click here for map)

Ice cream and friends – is there a better way to spend a hot August evening? Bring your own bowl, spoon and a topping to share along with your sweet tooth!

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Monday, September 11, 2017 - Annual Bonfire at Lake St. Clair Metropark
7:00 pm, Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center, Harrison Township (click here for map)

Grab your lawn chair, roasting forks, hot dogs/buns, s’mores fixin’s and a beverage and join us for a fun evening around the fire! Bring a potluck dessert to share if you would like. Mustard and Catsup will be provided. In the event of rain, we’ll move inside the nature center and put a fire in the fireplace! Bring a friend!

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Monday, October 2, 2017 - Program: “All About Skulls”
7:00 PM
, Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. NOTE NEW/REINSTATED LOCATION! (click here for map)

Presented by: Brenda Suchenek

In preparation for the spooky Halloween season, we’ll learn all about animal skulls! Brenda Suchenek from the Sterling Heights Nature Center will bring a variety of skulls for us to experience and she’ll tell us all about the special adaptations animals have for snacking on their preferred prey.

Brenda Suchenek is the Assistant Naturalist at the Sterling Heights Nature Center and she loves teaching individuals about nature!

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Monday, November 6, 2017 - Program: “Osprey and other birds of Kensington Metropark”
7:00 PM
, Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)

Presented by: Barb Jensen and Kathy Hansen

Join us for an evening learning about the birding and wildlife watching opportunities in sunny, warm Arizona. Speaker Mike Champagne, Executive Director of the Seven Ponds Nature Center in Dryden, recently took a trip to Arizona and will regale us with tales of his journey. This program will inspire you to visit Kensington Metropark during all seasons of the year! Barb Jensen of Michigan Osprey and Kathy Hansen of Huron Valley Audubon will talk about some of their favorite birds and birding sites at Kensington Metropark. Barb and Kathy will also give an update of the Osprey GPS tracking project out of Kensington Metropark (and other Southeast Michigan sites).

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Monday, December 4, 2017 - Christmas Potluck and Members’ Slide Program
6:30 PM
, Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)

We will meet at 6:30 for this dinner get-together. Bring a dish to pass and your own table setting. Entrees, salads, side dishes and desserts are all welcomed. After dinner, we will have a slide show presented by our members. Bring up to 20 of your favorite nature inspired photos on one disc or thumb drive to share with the group!

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