Macomb Audubon Programs

Meeting Programs 2018


Monday, January 8, 2018 - “The Hidden Fishes of Michigan”
7:00 PM, Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)
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Presented by: Bob Muller

During January’s meeting, Bob Muller will talk about our local fish community, 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 fishes, and Bob will also comment on research on the invasive Round Goby, as well as share surprise research findings on gobies between the Rouge and Clinton Rivers.

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Monday, February 5, 2018 - “Walking in the Footsteps of Birding Giants”
7:00 PM
, Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)

Presented by: Tom Hince

There will be much celebration among birders on May 29th, 2018, for this date will mark exactly one hundred years since Point Pelee became a National Park. Situated in Canada, Pelee is one of the continent's greatest birding meccas. Long before fancy apps, technical field clothes and cutting-edge field guides, birders like Percy Taverner and William Saunders painstakingly documented the spectacle of migration here on Lake Erie's north shore. Without their vision, passion and determination, what is now a national park would likely be wall-to-wall cottages with zero public access. Join Tom Hince as he walks us through the footsteps of these birders who have paved the way for many others over the last century.

About Tom Hince: For over fifty years, Point Pelee has played a pivotal role in Tom's life. At the age of ten, he first read of the magical migration there. He made his first visit to the park at the age of thirteen, and has birded Pelee for forty-four of the past forty-five years. Tom has filmed around the globe for Discovery Channel, and guided over a hundred tours on four continents, but always returns to Pelee each year to enjoy the spectacular songbird migration.

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Monday, March 5, 2018 - Movie Night - “The Big Year”
7:00 PM
, Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)

If you haven’t yet seen this fun blockbuster, be sure to join us! In this comedy, Steve Martin and Jack Black star as two bird enthusiasts who try to defeat the cocky, cut-throat world record holder (Owen Wilson) in a year-long bird-spotting competition. This film is based on the book The Big Year by Mark Obmascik. Bring your Junior Mints and Milk Duds and enjoy the show!

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Monday, April 2, 2018 - “Kenyan Wildlife”
7:00 PM
, Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)

Presenter: Randy Baker

Lions and Rhinos and Giraffes and Elephants… and lots of cool birds too! Randy Baker will be here to speak to us about the wildlife and the cultures that make Kenya unique. Randy just recently led a trip to Kenya (this past January/February) and we look forward to hearing all about his adventures!

About Randy Baker: Most of you already know Randy. He’s a fun, engaging speaker, and former president of the Macomb Audubon Society. We’re very happy to host Randy as he shares information and stories from Kenya. Randy is a naturalist and owner of Naturalist Endeavors (click the link to visit his website)

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Monday, May 7, 2018 - “Birding the Lower Rio Grande Valley: An Olympic Birding Adventure”
7:00 PM
, Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)

Presented by: Jeremy and Holly Joswick

In February of 2018, club members Jeremy and Holly Joswick ventured southward to the Lower Rio Grande valley in Texas to add some great birds to their life lists. This bird trip turned Olympic competition (in the spirit of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic games) pitted spouse against spouse for the most life birds spotted. See who came out victorious at the end of this exciting week!

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Monday, June 4, 2018 - “Bird Walk and Ice Cream Social”
7:00 PM
, Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights. (click here for map)

Our June meeting will be lots of fun before our summer recess (there will be no meetings in July or August). First, we’ll go for a short walk on the trails around the Sterling Heights Nature Center to see the colorful warblers, orioles, grosbeaks, tanagers, and other breeding birds and migrants. Afterward, we’ll return to the Nature Center for ice cream and socializing! There will be a limited number of bowls and spoons available for ice cream, but you are encouraged to bring your own if you remember, as well as a favorite topping to share!

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Monday, September 10, 2018 - 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 1, 2018 - Program: “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 Badve 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.

About Jeevak Badve: Jeevak is an avid bird lover and he loves 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 displays of colors and beauty along with everyday elements like taking a bath in a creek. Birds never cease to amaze!

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