Meeting Programs 2019


Monday, January 7, 2019 - “MI Birds presents: Hope for Black Terns in Michigan!”
7:00 PM, Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)
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Presented by: Erin Rowan

Black Terns are a poorly studied Michigan Species of Concern. This program will outline current work being done throughout Michigan by Audubon Great Lakes and other MI Birds partners to monitor Black Tern colonies, their population trends and movements, and their habitat quality and management. This work aims to identify why the population is in decline and offer management solutions that could increase habitat quality on their breeding grounds.

Erin Rowan was formerly Detroit Audubon's Research Coordinator and joined Audubon Great Lakes and MI DNR as the MI Birds Program Associate in August of 2018. Erin lead the Black Tern monitoring field work for Detroit Audubon at St. Clair Flats and Wigwam Bay and will continue to participate in these projects in her new role. Erin previously worked with the Institute for Bird Populations and Klamath Bird Observatory as a bird-bander and MAPS Coordinator https://www.birdpop.org/pages/maps.php.

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Monday, February 4, 2019 - “Birding Hotspots of Macomb County”
7:00 PM
, Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)

Presented by: Holly and Jeremy Joswick

In 2018, Beverlee Babcock suggested that the club host a program about the birding hotspots of Macomb County. We hear about a lot of these spots when people give their monthly bird reports, but perhaps you’ve never been to some of these locales. This program will highlight some of those birding spots – where to find them, and what you might see while there!

Jeremy and Holly Joswick met at a Macomb Audubon Club meeting in 2011. Holly works as a Wildlife Communications Coordinator for the DNR Wildlife Division, and Jeremy is one heck of a commercial and residential painter, who take gorgeous photographs and loves the color beige.

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Monday, March 5, 2019 - Movie Night - “Birds of Southern India”
7:00 PM
, Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)

Presented by: Jeevak Badve

Jeevak recently returned from a fascinating bird safari in the remote jungles of southern India. He will recount his adventures living at the edge of the forest and will share his observations and photos of the flora and fauna (mainly birds) that he found. You’ll see photos of the Sri Lankan Frogmouth, the Indian Pita, Mottled wood owl and many others.

Jeevak Badve is an avid bird lover and he also attempts bird photography. His love for all avian species stems from a fundamental appreciation of what these lovely creatures do to master the 3D domain. Everything they do is just incredible - from their unique adaptations and behaviors to survive the raw wild, their fascinating display of colors and beauty along with everyday elements like just taking a bath in a creek. They never cease to amaze.

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Monday, March 25, 2019 (April Meeting) - “Grand Canyon National Park"
7:00 PM
, Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)

Presenter: Gordon Lonie

The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is truly spectacular—one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Gordon Lonie will show us all the sights of the national park’s South Rim including wildflowers, a pygmy forest, and historic Grand Canyon Village, then take us on a rim-to-rim hike. See the canyon as few visitors do!

Gordon Lonie was once the Naturalist at the very nature center where we have our monthly meetings – the Sterling Heights Nature Center! Gordon is a favorite of the Macomb Audubon and we are delighted to have him back! "

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Monday, May 6, 2019 - “Relaxation with Nature”
7:00 PM
, Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)

Presented by: Andrea Rose

Andrea Rose, also known as Little Bird Nerd, is our Earthstar Newsletter editor, an avid birder, and a certified yoga instructor. She will bring her passions together for our May meeting, leading a gentle, guided chair yoga session interwoven with bird themes and appropriate for all levels. Afterward, we'll move outdoors for a walking meditation through the Sterling Heights Nature Center woods, enjoying the birds, other wildlife, flowers and trees; and experiencing the purity of being one with the present.

Andrea Rose teaches yoga at The Yoga Studio in downtown Utica, as well as subbing at other local studios. This year, she completed a seminar at the Cardoner Institute for Contemplative Leadership and values the spiritual and personal growth she experienced there. Aside from her yogic and spiritual endeavors, she works in marketing for Wild Birds Unlimited. For fun, she enjoys spending time outside, observing and photographing all things nature related. She has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and writing, and constantly seeks new things to study, read and write about, and process. You can follow her birding and nature adventures at facebook.com/littlebirdnerd, or littlebirdnerd.blogspot.com. Andrea's favorite color is yellow, favorite season is spring, and favorite birds are Hooded Warblers, Turkey Vultures, Crows and Ravens.

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Monday, June 3, 2019 - “Birding Clinton River Park and Ice Cream Social”
7:00 PM
, Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)

First, we’ll go for a short walk on the trails around the nature center to see the colorful warblers, orioles, grosbeaks, tanagers, and other breeding birds and migrants. Then, we’ll return to the Nature Center for ice cream and socializing! Bring your favorite topping to share.

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Monday, September 9, 2019 - 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 7, 2019 - Program: to be announced
7:00 PM
, Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)

Presented by: TBD

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Monday, November 4, 2019 - Program: to be announced
7:00 PM
, Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)

Presented by: TBD

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Monday, December 2, 2019 - 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 thumb drive or SD card to share with the group!

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