Straits Area Audubon Society

Cheboygan • Topinabee • Levering • Indian River • Mackinaw City • St. Ignace





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Mission Statement

The mission of the Straits Area Audubon Society is to educate the community, including its children, about conservation and enjoyment of the natural world with emphasis on the local natural communities of wildlife.

Straits Area Audubon Society holds frequent field trips as well as free monthly programs on the second Wednesday of every month from September through May.  Programs are held at 6 p.m. at Cheboygan Area Public Library, 100 S. Bailey St. in Cheboygan.  Refreshments and a brief business meeting highlighted by recent nature sightings follow the program.  Attendees are invited to participate in door prize and raffle drawings.

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Bring It Cheboygan! Re-usable Bags Available


     When Michiganders Against Plastic secured a re-usable bag resolution last year, some Cheboygan County commissioners reflected that it would be nice to have re-usable cloth bags made locally rather than the cheap plastic bags made in China.

     These home-grown bags are now available, with artwork designed by a Cheboygan student and sewing done in Cheboygan. Bring It Cheboygan! announces the attractive and long-lasting bags for sale for only $20, with proceeds going to make more bags.

     In February 2015, SAAS aided the effort by collecting contributions to publish a full-page ad in Shopper's Fare that encouraged people to bring re-usable bags when shopping. At the April 2016 meeting, members voted to collect new donations to buy a high-quality local bag to give to each County and City official to reward their recognition of the importance of reducing the use of plastic shopping bags.

     The goal of $320 will buy 16 bags for that purpose. To help with this, you may send an earmarked gift to SAAS via Treasurer, Rosanne Rynerson.

     Remember to buy your own bag too, by contacting David Martin, 231-268-9935.

City Council poses with their honorary presentation of Bring It Cheboygan! bags after their April 26 meeting. These locally-designed and made re-usable bags were premiered at the Earth Week Plus Expo on April 23 and are sold locally at Billie's, Bittersweet, Brick Oven Bakery, The Flower Coop, Purple Tree Coffee Shop, Up North, and Zany Kitchen. Straits Area Audubon Society is helping to raise the $20 per bag cost to make sure each city and county official has a bag. Said David Martin, aka 'Plastic-Bag Man' of Bring It Cheboygan!, “By choosing re-usable bags to replace plastic bags, you reduce energy use, litter and pollution, and protect wildlife as well as roadsides. Safeguarding what attracts our visitors and makes Cheboygan County a nice place to live depends on all of us doing what we can.”

Cheboygan City Council - Vaughn Temple; Nick Couture, Mayor Pro Tem; Mark Bronson, Mayor; Winifred Riddle; Betty Kwiatkowski; Tom Eustice, City Manager.

Cheboygan County Commission - John Wallace, Jeff Lawson, Pete Redmond, Sue Allor, Tony Matelski, Chris Brown, Cal Gouine, Bruce Gauthier

     Photo by Kathy Bricker


Wednesday, March 8

     The Straits Area Audubon Society will host Nature Discovery's Jim McGrath to present Birding by Ear: Late Winter Edition. Learning to identify birds by sight is a useful skill, however, when you are able to step outside and “bird by ear,” you graduate to a level of avian awareness that blows away identification by sight alone! 

     Cued by our lengthening days, chickadees, titmice, cardinals and many other winter resident songbirds have begun to ratchet up the volume, intensity, and frequency of their breeding songs.

     Early March is a good time to begin because a manageable number of common species have begun to sing. As migrants return, the variety of songs out your window increases steadily.

     By May, a boggling 30 or more may be heard on a country lot! Jim will use Powerpoint images combined with audio recordings and useful word-handles of a couple dozen species to listen for this month.

     McGrath is no stranger to the Cheboygan area, and will soon be returning to area schools with his popular “Snakes Alive” program. The public is welcome to “Birding by Ear” presented at the Straits Area Audubon Society meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8th at the Cheboygan Library.

Get ready for the spring chorus of both year-round bird residents and migrating songbirds by learning how to better find, identify, and enjoy them.  By distinguishing their songs and call notes you will heighten your awareness and appreciation of dozens of different species of our feathered friends.

Special Program

"Snakes Alive"

Tuesday, March 7

STRAITS AREA AUDUBON SOCIETY invites the public on Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. to a specially-scheduled free “Snakes Alive!” program at the Cheboygan Area Public Library.  "Snakes Alive!" will be presented by Jim McGrath of Nature Discovery from Lansing, Michigan.  As McGrath talks about each of the unique types of snakes in Michigan, assistants will walk around with live snakes for the audience to admire.  Gentle touching and handling of some of the snakes is available.