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, April 12

April 12, 2017 - Sturgeon for Tomorrow: Current research and progress in sturgeon restoration

By: Brenda Archambo

March 8, 500 people at 12 locations had a chance to learn about snakes and overcome any biases about these fascinating and gentle animals.  The Straits Area Audubon Society hired Jim McGrath from Nature Discovery near Lansing to teach our community about snakes.  He brought more than a dozen animals from his Michigan reptile and amphibian zoo near Lansing.  The most eager audiences tended to be the youngest, whose heads were less filled with mis-information.  Some adults were less receptive, unwilling to release long-held biases to learn new things.  SAAS was able to help people of all ages better understand snakes thanks to generous support from Nancy Waldron, the Straits Area Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council, Awakon Federal Credit Union, Citizens National Bank, Kathy Swanson, and the SAAS Youth Outreach fund.  The parting message to all is Save Our Snakes.

     The history and struggles for species recovery of the lake sturgeon is earning increased attention locally and beyond.  

     On April 12th, the Straits Area Audubon Society will host a talk “Sturgeon for Tomorrow: Current research and progress in sturgeon restoration” by Brenda Archambo.

     Brenda Archambo is the founder and president of Sturgeon for Tomorrow, a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist fisheries managers in the rehabilitation of the lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens), a threatened species in Michigan.

     Brenda’s volunteer leadership established grassroots partnerships between stakeholders, universities, the Michigan DNR, Tribes and the People of the Sturgeon to implement research, habitat and outreach programs to learn more about lake sturgeon reproductive ecology and early life history in order to manage self-sustaining populations of Michigan’s iconic lake sturgeon. Many people refer to Brenda as the Sturgeon General.  

     Her presentation will be April 12th, 6:00 p.m. in the Cheboygan Area Library, the public is welcome to attend.