Straits Area Audubon Society

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

Michigan



Straits Area Audubon Society 2019-2020 Program Schedule


September 11, 2019

Steve Baker- Carnivorous plants of Mackinac Straits Area

Northern Michigan’s wetlands are home to a fascinating group of plants that have adapted to “meat eating”  as a source of nutrition.  Pitcher plants, Sundews, Bladderworts, and Butterworts all have different  and special strategies for capturing and digesting their prey of insects and small aquatic life. The prey provide a source of nitrogen to the plants which often grow in nutritionally poor soils. This program will explore the amazing adaptations of each group of carnivorous plants and how they can exist in often extreme and harsh environments. 


October 9

Marilynn Smith – The Birds and the Fungi…........Friends or Foes!?

Fall is even better than spring for mushrooms and other fungi.  You’ll learn about some edible and choice species that are easy to identify and others to beware.  This talk also explore their intriguing connections with birds.


November 13

Adam Schubel – The Bug Camp: The U.M. Biological Station in Our Backyard



December 11

Holiday Potluck and Member Slide Show


January 8, 2020

Randy Claramunt – Managing Fisheries in a Continually Changing Lake Huron

As the Lake Huron basin manager, Randy faces a daily challenge to balance the needs of fish, birds, people, and other components of a complex ecosystem in a vast watershed.  The update will cover the status of Atlantic, Chinook, and Coho salmon, Lake Trout, Double-crested Cormorants, invasive species, and more.


February 12

Rich Couse – Wings Overhead: Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch

Learn about the raptors that migrate over the Straits, the people who count and study them, and results from more than six years of research.


March 11

Rick Barber – Off-Trail Backpacking in Denali National Park

This popular speaker returns with a new program.  After hearing his earlier SAAS talks on Pictured Rocks and Isle Royale backpacking, a new treat awaits us with this tale of a guided cross-country trip in Denali.


April 8

Susan Kielb – Secrets of Songbird Nesting: You Can Watch It Happen

Beautiful songs, flashes of color... Soon the songbirds will be back, and while we might think their goal is to entertain us, the birds have the very serious work of nesting and producing a new generation in a limited time. Their goal is to do this without leaving clues for predators, humans included. What secrets can you unlock with the clues you see and hear?


May 13

TBD

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