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Detroit Audubon Celebrates 75 Years
2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the
founding of the Detroit Audubon Society.
A 75th Anniversary Dinner will be held on September
13, 2014, at the Detroit Yacht Club’s Fountain
Room on Belle Isle.
CHIMNEY SWIFT MONITORING PROJECT
On August 15-17 and September 12-14, Detroit Audubon is again soliciting information on large Chimney Swift roosting sites. Can you help?
Over the past two years, we’ve received reports or counts of birds at the following roost sites:
Winery chimney at Grand River and Orchard Lake Roads, and
Botsford Commons Senior Community, 21450 Archwood Circle
Burns Park Elementary School, 1414 Wells St., and
Slauson Middle School, 1019 W. Washington
Garfield Building, Forest Avenue at Woodward
Southgate Board of Education Building, Northline at Burns St.
Rochester Hills: Oakland Steiner School, 3976 S. Livernois
River Rouge Bird Observatory area
Do you know of a chimney in your area hosting a flock? If you are aware of any roosting sites, or would like to volunteer to monitor any of the above locations, we would love to hear from you. Please let us know the location and, if possible, an estimated number of birds entering the chimneys on two specific weekends: August 15-17 and September 12-14.
Please send the information with your name and contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Cerulean Warbler at Magee Marsh by Roger Becker
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 email@example.com describing your availability and your interests will be so very welcome. Join us!
Wolf Hunting will be on Michigan ballot Nov. 4th
In 2012, Governor Snyder signed a law making wolf hunting legal in Michigan. In 2013, 250,000 signatures were gathered to put wolf protection in Michigan on the November 2014 ballot.
The Michigan legislature passed Public Act 21 as an end run around this citizen initiative. The Act gave the unelected Natural Resources Commission (NRC) the authority to designate game species and hunting seasons. NRC decisions are final because, by law, commission decisions are not subject to referendum. The NRC allowed a Michigan wolf hunt in late 2013. Twenty-three wolves were killed.
Hoping to stop future wolf hunts, on March 13, 2014, the Committee to Keep Wolves Protected again filed petitions—many collected by Detroit Audubon volunteers—to place a referendum on Public Act 21 on the ballot. This referendum aims to give Michigan voters the right to decide on wolf protection and other future wildlife and conservation issues.
The campaign gathered well over the 161,305 signatures needed to qualify for the November 2014 ballot. On May 6th, the Board of State Canvassers certified the referendum.
Thus on Nov. 4th, Michiganders will have the opportunity to vote to restore their right to have a say on wildlife policy.
Note: There will be more than one wolf-related referendum on the ballot. Please read carefully when you vote, but by all means VOTE!
Passing of Fred Charbonneau
With deep sadness, the Detroit Audubon Society said goodbye to Fred Charbonneau, who passed away on April 23, 2014.
One of Detroit Audubon’s most passionate conservationists, Fred served four terms as President as well as additional terms as Vice-President Secretary and Treasurer. During those years, Fred became very active opposing a DNR initiative to build a boat launch in an undeveloped part of the then-Metro Beach Metropark, with an additional loss of parkland for a large parking lot. He assisted the “Friends of Point Rosa Marsh” to resist this effort to ruin the last remnant of undeveloped land on the U.S. side of Lake St. Clair.
Fred went on to launch the Safe Passage Great Lakes (SPGL) campaign in 2006. This ambitious program has become one of Detroit Audubon’s most successful and active conservation efforts. Under Fred’s leadership, the Safe Passage team recruited numerous high-rise building owners in southeast Michigan to turn out their lights at night during the spring and fall bird migration seasons, saving the lives of countless migratory birds that pass through our region and drawing widespread attention to the dangers faced by birds en route to their breeding grounds. Fred retired from the Board of Directors at the end of 2013, but he remained active with SPGL right up until his death.
Fred was also a wonderful birder, field trip leader, fundraiser, and leader. Unfailingly gracious and humble, he inspired all of us, and he will be sorely missed by Detroit Audubon, the southeast Michigan birding community, and the birds of North America.
A Memorial Service was held Friday, May 2 at 10:00 a.m., at Wujek-Calcaterra Funeral Home in Sterling Heights.
Dotte Charbonneau would like all to know that the family would like any donations to be made to
1. Safe Passage Great Lakes / DAS
2. Beaumont Health System Hospice.
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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!
NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
FOR DETROIT AUDUBON PROJECTS
SAFE PASSAGE GREAT LAKES
BIRD MONITORING AT THE DETROIT RIVER
INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Complete Field Trip Schedule
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