Straits Area Audubon Society

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


Event Cancelled

Unfortunately, the hike at Rynerson's scheduled for the evening of Friday, May 17th is cancelled.  We hope to reschedule at some other time.  Rose had a fall off her horse but is healing quickly.


Spring Wildflower and

North Country Trail Hike

Tuesday May 21 - 1:30

Due to the nasty weather predictions (for May 19, 2019), The SAAS

Spring Wildflower Hike has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 21, 2019

at 1:30 p.m.

We will meet at the North Country Trail trail-head on Brutus

Road. The trail-head is on Brutus road five miles west of Brutus (Brutus is

four miles south of Pellston on Highway 31). There is a two-track on the left

(south) side of the road with parking for five cars. Questions? Call Jean

Moberly at 231-268-9726.

Come join us for an exhilarating walk in nature with friends. This is the fourth year for this May hike and as many as 32 different wildflowers have been identified. Bring a snack and water. The trail is hilly so you may want a hiking stick as well. You can turn around at any point on the well marked path.

The trail head crosses Brutus road five miles west of Brutus (Brutus is four miles south of Pellston on Highway 31). There is a two-track on the left (south) side of the road with parking for five cars. On the other side of the road is a small trail kiosk with maps and literature about the trail. We will look forward to seeing you there!

Field Trip

Harris Working Forest Reserve

Thursday, June 20 - 8:00 a.m.

Glen Matthews has volunteered to lead a field trip to the Little Traverse Conservancy's Harris Working Forest Reserve.  Harris is pretty new and not many are familiar with it. It is a 600+ acre property located between Montgomery Road and the Pigeon River south of Afton.  It has both field and forest habitat.  This field trip will happen on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 8:00 am (with a rain date of June 21, same time). If you plan to go let Glen know at 231-412-0833. The birds will still be in full song mode at that time.  It's possible some timber harvesting might be going on at the property during that time, but that might be interesting, too.The  LTC Harris Working Forest Reserve has a small parking area about 1.6 miles south of M-68 on Montgomery Road.  Montgomery Road is just east of the stone quarry east of Afton.  More information below:

Jack and Tucker Harris Working Forest Reserve

Size: 643 acres

Frontage: 1,500 feet Pigeon River; More than a mile of Wilkes Creek.

Land Description: This magnificent property lies within the Pigeon River Watershed and adjacent to the north and east ends of the Helmer’s Dam/Robert D. VanCampen Nature Preserve. It offers many different upland and lowland habitat types, and provides excellent wildlife habitat for a multitude of species. Future plans include helping the land recover from overgrazing and the spread of invasive species. A combination of lowland conifers, mixed northern hardwoods, upland pine and aspen, and large openings exist.

Trails: From the parking area, a trail is in progress to take visitors toward the beautiful wetlands and Pigeon River watershed.

History: An old farm homestead, this preserve was purchased from the Velma Varity estate with funding from Jack and Tucker Harris. The land was farmed for decades and the primary homestead had fallen into disrepair. More than a dozen 40-yard dumpsters full of trash were removed from the property with volunteer and staff efforts.

Directions: From Indian River, take Hwy. 68 southeast for 8 miles and then turn right on Montgomery Road. Follow Montgomery Road 3 miles just past Brasseur Rd. intersection. Reserve will be on your right.

Check out the plants and animals found at this preserve using the

iNaturalist guide below. Help us document more with <> and! <>