Jackson Audubon Oct 29 crane count was over 5100. Monday, Nov 5 count is expected to exceed all previous counts. Bring your camera and binoculars.
SANDHILL CRANES GATHER
Every Saturday & Sunday in October & November
Time: 2:00 pm until dusk
Where: Meet at Thompson’s Pizzeria and Wolverine Food & Spirits parking area. M52 and Old US12. Self guided driving map to the Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary. From 4:00 pm until dusk, a Jackson Audubon Society member will answer your crane questions. Spotting scopes available. Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary
Enjoy a box picnic lunch or dinner. Tour the flight path of the 40 decorated metal sculpture Sandhill Cranes sculptures in and around Chelsea.
CHILDREN’S COLORING EVENT! Susan Falcone, local artist, has created a drawing of a Sandhill Crane with two baby cranes or colts. Have an excellent meal at any participating restaurants and receive coloring sheets for your children.
On Time Events:
AFTER SCHOOL ARCHERY Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center
Thursdays, October 4 through November 15. Ages 8 to 18.
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 7 week series. Pre-registration required. Cost: Free
NATURE NYMPHS Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center Fridays, beginning October 5 through November 16. Ages 3 to 5 with accompanying adult. Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Beaks and Feet, Animal Coverings, Fish and Friends, Nocturnal Animals, Seeds, Turkeys and Winter Prep.Kids enjoy stories, puppets, age appropriate activities and outdoor time, rain or shine. Pre-registration by 10/01/12 required. Cost: $14 per child for 7 week series.
SELF-GUIDED FALL COLOR AND SANDHILL CRANE TOUR.
Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center
Large numbers of Sandhill Cranes can be seen in parts of the Waterloo Recreation Area through late November. Beginning October 6, visitors may pick up free maps to the best fall color routes and crane viewing areas around the local Chelsea businesses, Waterloo Recreation Area, Phyllis Haehnle Sanctuary also at he Discovery Center.
Get updates online at http://www.wnha.org. A film “The Sandhill Crane Story” will be shown on request.
Gigi’s Flowers & Gifts
At the end of October to the beginning of November.
Two hours prior to sunset.
Bring your family, friends and neighbors to enjoy our natural surroundings. Bring your camera and binoculars.
SANDHILL CRANE TOUR
Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center
Sunday, October 28 Time: 2:00 p.m Note #1
Local expert Bill Wells will show a film about Sandhill Cranes and then lead a driving tour to view them around the Waterloo Recreation Area. Visitors can expect to see large flocks of these magnificent birds at close range. Bring binoculars and cameras.
New Event just listed!
HIKE AND SKETCH WITH SUSAN FALCONE.
Gerald E Eddy Discovery Center
17030 Bush Road, Chelsea, MI 48118
Thursday November 1
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Meet at the Waterloo State Recreation Area Discovery Center, parking lot and Susan will lead an easy walk through a beautiful area of marsh and woods. Tips on drawing while working in the field.
Bring your drawing supplies!
HALLOWEEN TRICK or TREAT FUN!
Wednesday, October 31 Time 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm
Halloween in Chelsea has to be seen to be believed. The entire town turns out in costume, including some pets. You have not lived until you have seen pigs flying!
WINE WOMEN & SHOPPING A ladies Day in Chelsea
Saturday, November 10 Time: 10 am until 6:00 pm lots of shops open until 8:00 pm.
Where: South town and all over Chelsea.
Bring your mother, sisters and friends for a fun afternoon of shopping, sipping wine and
enjoying laughter and friendships. Look for the Red & White balloons through out Chelsea.
LIVE FROM MICHIGAN! Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center
Sunday, November 11. Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Note #1
Here is your chance to get up close and personal with a red fox, a coyote, a skunk, and other
Michigan animals. Steve Marsh of the Creature Conservancy will have live animals to show you
as he tells all about their fascinating behaviors and lifestyles.
TURKEY TALK Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center
Saturday, November 17. Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. If it walks like a turkey, and talks like a turkey, it’s probably a… Park Interpreter acting like a Turkey! Every Tom, Jake and Hen knows that Turkeys are a hot topic this time of year. Learn how the North American Wild Turkey was brought back from the brink of extinction. Dress a turkey, act like a turkey, and make a turkey call to take home. Cost: Free.
Note #1 Advance registration may be required (734-475-3170) Waterloo Natural History Association events are $2 per person, or $5 per family.
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR at:
FALL MUSHROOM HUNT Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center
Saturday, September 29
Time: 2:00 until 3:30 pm Limited to 30 people. #1
Come search the woods to find and collect fall mushrooms! Afterwards, mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi will talk about what people have collected and identify those that are edible. Bring a basket or paper bag and waxed paper for collecting.
join us for the FESTIVAL OF THE SANDHILL CRANES GATHER
Saturday, Oct 6 Time: 10:00 am until 6:00 pm
Where: the front porch of the Chelsea Historical Society, next to Thompson’s Pizzeria across
from the Fair Grounds M52 & Old US 12. Free Admission. This is our first year, we start our small but come and cheer us on!
Michigan Wine Tastings, Jams & Jellies, Jackson Audubon Society,
Huge Bake Sale, Honey, Arts & Crafts vendors.
- Cold crisp day for the Gather
Driving Tour to Phyllis Haehnle Sanctuary hosted by LaFontaine.
Look for the flashing yellow lights.
hosted by Healthy Communities Walking Program.
New telephone number is 734/593-6271 please join us for a twenty minute jaunt, on the new boardwalk then 1/2 way around Pierce Lake and back.
Bake Sale hosted by the Chelsea Area Historical Society.
Oct 8 Update: It was a cold crisp day for our Sandhill Cranes Gather. We made a lot of new friends and lots of new people will share the Sandhill Cranes with their friends and family. Chelsea Area Historical Society sold out of all their baked goods!
Please schedule your outing now to see Sandhill Cranes 5000 to 6000 each day at the Sanctuary. Beginning the end of October through mid November. Two (2) hours prior to sunset at the Haehnle Sanctuary. Visit their website for more details.
Saturday, October 6
Time: 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Where: 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea, MI.
It will feature more than 20 artist and craftsmen showing watercolor, folk art, pottery,
fiber arts, glass works, original photography, vintage art and more.The event is free
and open to the public. Best baked sale ever and entertainment by the Arbor Woodwinds Quartet.
Oct 8 Update: It was a great turn out for all of our friends and the new friends we made. Great music, art and bake sale. We are getting ready for next year.
SURVIVAL SKILLS YOU CAN USE! Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center
Sunday October 7 Time: 2:00 pm until 3:30 p.m. Ages 10 and up. Note #1
Could you survive a night on your own in the woods? Artemis and Jason Eyster will teach you how to make a shelter and a bed, build a fire, find water, make your own string, and most importantly, avoid getting lost.
BIRDS IN FLIGHT Hosted by the Chelsea Senior Center
Wednesday, October 10 Time: 10:00 a.m. until 11:00
Where: 512 Washington Street, Chelsea, MI on the WSEC campus Call 734-475-9242 to reserve your space
“Enjoy amazing photographs of Sandhill Cranes with Bill Curtindale, local photographer of Birds in Flight”. Free
Oct. 11 Update: Bill Curtindale, local photographer of “Birds in Flight” BIF. Presented a free program, hosted by the Chelsea Senior Center. The presentation was very well attended with bird watchers and photographers. Bill has a great understanding of the crane movement and this helps create great photographs. Don’t miss next years event.
APPLE CIDER PRESSING Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center
Saturday, October 6. and 13 Time: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Become part of the process from start to finish, with lots of family time and great cider! Free.
Update: do not miss next years apple cider pressing
the 18 Annual CraneFest XVIII Saturday & Sunday October 13 & 14
Time: Noon until 7:00 pm each days 517-641-4277 Wendy.
Where: 22300 15 Mile Rd, Bellevue, MI. Hosted by Michigan Audubon at the Kiwanis
Youth Area. Attracting Birders, photographers, art enthusiasts, students, families
Update: A great crowd and lots of Cranes. The 18 year what fun!
WATERLOO FARM MUSEUM PIONEER DAY
Sunday, October 14 Time: Noon to 5:00 pm
Where: 13493 Waterloo Munith Road, Grass Lake, MI.
Now in its 5th decade, enjoy a wonderful day of exploring pioneer life.
Small fee $5.00 Adults, $2.00 Children
Update: Just a little rain but lots of fun.
CRANES COLORS & CABERNET FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 20 Time: 11:00 am until evening
Sandhill Crane Vineyards 517-764-0679 is teaming up with the Phyllis Haehnle Sanctuary
and other local nature groups to celebrate the Sandhill Crane! Their newest vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon will be available for tasting and purchase as a SNEAK PEEK — As always, naturalists at the Haehnle Sanctuary
will present a talk at 4:00 at the Haehnle parking lot on Seymour Rd. and then lead a Crane Watch tour; event starts at 4:00 pm. Update: What a great time everyone had. Stop by and have a delicous lunch and then see the Cranes. The Cranes will be here until mid November.
CREEPY CREATURES 2 Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center Sunday, October 21. Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.In the mood for Halloween with live animals! Wildlife Safari will bring its scariest critters to educate and entertain you as you learn how they survive in the wild. Note #1