Sable Dunes Audubon Meetings

Due to concerns about COVID-19, monthly programs are presented via Zoom and begin at 7 p.m.  Each program is recorded and uploaded to YouTube soon after the program has concluded.  Visit the Field Outings page for more Sable Dunes Audubon events.

April 15, 2021
Planting for Pollinators -- by Carolyn Henne

Carolyn will talk about the habitat needs of pollinators and how to select plants that are suitable for your site and beneficial for pollinators.  Carolyn is a Botanist for the Manistee National Forest and has 20+ years of experience planting habitat for pollinators. 

Zoom link has expired.  The program is available on YouTube at Planting for Pollinators - YouTube.

May 20, 2021

All About Sparrows and Allies -- by Dave Dister

Although most sparrows have somber hues of brown, key features of their heads and recognitions of their songs will aid greatly in their identifications. His program will include slides of the 20 species known to occur in Mason and Oceana Counties, plus taped songs as well.  Dave is a well-known expert in botany and ornithology and has recently published “The Birds of Mason County, Michigan.”


Dave Dister earned a BA in botany from Miami University and a secondary education teaching certificate in biology and earth science at the University of Cincinnati. He moved to Ludington in 2008 and was a seasonal botanist for the Manistee National Forest through 2014. From 2009 through 2014 Dave conducted a vascular plant survey of the 5,400-acre Ludington State Park, which was published in “The Great Lakes Botanist” in 2017. His expertise in field ornithology includes identification of Great Lake’s breeding bird species by songs and call notes. Dave has conducted breeding bird atlas work in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and New York. He is the compiler for the Ludington Christmas Bird Count as well as the Mason County Migration Count. In 2012, he took over an annual Breeding Bird Survey Route for the US Fish & Wildlife Service that runs 25 miles through parts of Mason, Lake, and Newaygo Counties. Lastly, in January 2020 Dave self-published “The Birds of Mason County, Michigan.”


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The link to the program on YouTube:  All About Sparrows and Allies -- by Dave Dister - YouTube

June 17, 2021

Sustainable Forestry -- by Mike Lisinsky

Sustainable Forestry by Mike Lesinski.  Mike has been a registered forester for 22 years, including six years work for the Michigan DNR and twenty-two with Weyerhaeuser Products.  He oversees 30 independent logging contractors in 10 counties in Michigan, including Oceana. Mike will discuss best practices for maintaining a thriving ecosystem that benefits flora and fauna.  He will focus on specific bird species that have a role in this dynamic.

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July 15, 2021

Piping Plover Video -- by Bob Dolgan

Bob is a filmmaker from Chicago, who has created a video of Great Lakes Piping Plovers, namely the pair that have nested in Ludington.  "Monty" and "Rose" are Michigan birds; Monty hatched at Silver Lake State Park and Rose at Muskegon State Park.

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August 19, 2021

4 - 7 PM         LACA art at Ludington State Park.  Details to be announced.

This program may not be available on Zoom or YouTube.  Check back later for any updates.


September 16, 2021

Utilizing Native Plants in Your Landscape -- by Suzie Knoll

Suzie is the Executive Director of the Oceana Conservation District.

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October 21, 2021

Gull ID 102 -- by Dave Dister

There's no such thing as a "seagull" according to Dave Dister. Dave will present an updated program on the surprising diversity of gulls -- 12 species -- documented in Mason and Oceana Counties. Once birders become familiar with all plumages of our year-round gulls (i.e., Ring-billed and Herring Gulls), the identification of the remaining (mostly rare) species becomes easier.

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November 18, 2021
Location to be determined -- DEPENDING upon Coronavirus Conditions.
Annual Potluck - 6 p.m. Bring a dish to pass and recount the year's birding experiences.  
Presentation by CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas) presentation on invasive species.  Location to be determined. 
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Make sure to visit the Field Outings page to learn about the events scheduled for 2021.

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