Sable Dunes Audubon Meetings

Monthy meetings of the Sable Dunes Audubon Society begin at 7 p.m.  A half hour of fellowship and refreshments precedes each meeting, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Visit the Field Outings page for more Sable Dunes Audubon events.

April 18, 2019
Ludington Public Library
Vernal Ponds and Wood Frogs

The presentation will provide an overview of the often overlooked vernal woodland ponds with an emphasis on the yearly life cycle of these ponds, associated wildlife, and the wood frogs that reproduce in them. Learn more than you ever wanted to know about wood frog biology. 


Stephen Ross has been photographing for over 50 years, concentrating on landscape, small animal subjects and natural abstracts. He is largely self-taught. As an avocational naturalist, he has contributed hundreds of plant, dragonfly, butterfly, and salvage bird and mammal specimens to the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. He has written some 20 natural history reports for the US Forest Service in the UP and northern Wisconsin. He is the author of The Natural History of Mecosta County.


For 20 years he has observed and photographed wood frogs in several vernal ponds on and near his property in Mecosta County. He lives near Rodney on 60 acres with his wife and cat.

May 16, 2019

Ludington Public Library 

Wildlife Illustrations for Children's Books

Award-winning artist Marie Rust will give a Power Point presentation about her evolution as an artist, from grade school to today, with examples of her work, including a step-by-step detail of a piece from start to finish. A nature-lover in general, it was the birds she saw at her childhood home that first captured her imagination and got her interested in the natural world.


Artist and children’s author and illustrator Lori Taylor will talk about her process in finding and recording nature’s story. Her entertaining and educational books inspire children and families to explore and investigate Michigan parks and wild places. Her most recent book, “HOLLY WILD: Motor City Mayhem, the Urban Wild (book 5)” is about migration, habitat loss, and urban birding in the Detroit area. Lori will discuss the events in the book and her experience of “birding by ear”.

June 20, 2019

Centenary Methodist Church Pentwater


Dave Raymond will be presenting a program about Smilebox, a user-friendly slide show that will give life to anyone's unique presentation.  Including, slides of any sort, caption, music, basic editing such as duration, enhancement, etc.  A laid back program capable of presenting it on Facebook (or not), sending it directly to a friends address or  groups of friends, making your own DVD disks of your masterpiece, having a large bank of themes to choose from.

Dave Raymond is a master taxidermist, wildlife sketch artist, wildlife clay sculptor, wildlife woodcarver, and wildlife photographer. 

July 18, 2019

Ludington Public Library

Dr. Bilinski's will share how patterns in cell shape are both beautiful and can help inform our understanding of local diversity.  His talk will feature photographs collected by both himself and his students, including images obtained using a  fluorescent microscope.

Dr. Paul Bilinski is an associate professor at West Shore Community College.  He earned his BS and MS in ecology from the University of California at San Diego, and his PhD in Plant Biology at UC Davis.  During his doctoral work, he studied patterns of local adaptation in heirloom varieties of maize. Afterward, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tuebingen, Germany where his projects investigated how the sequencing of ancient DNA could inform our understanding of plant diversity through time. Today, Dr. Bilinski is sharing his passion for plants, genetics, and biology with local students in his Botany, Life Science, and Local Flora classes.

August 15, 2019

Ludington Public Library

Birding in Costa Rica

Dave Dister will recount his adventures birding in Costa Rica this past winter. This was his first overseas birding tour and with four other birders the 12-day tour amassed a grand total of 360 bird species, including 175 Life birds for Dave. Of course, he took many bird photos as well as fascinating mammals such as 3-toed sloth and white-nosed coati, reptiles such as green iguana and strawberry poison frog, and scenic photos of tropical forests to high altitude mountains and their plant life. 

September 19, 2019

Ludington City Hall Community Room

Please Note:  This month's program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Wild Mushroom Foraging

Linda and Chuck Scribner will present on mushrooming in northern Michigan.

October 17, 2019

Centenary Methodist Church Pentwater

Nut Trees in Mason County and Traveling the US and Southeast Asia

Pat Carlson will be talking about growing nut trees in Mason County.  With 20 years of experience growing nut trees, Pat will be covering their care and their production. Jordan Carlson will be sharing his travelogue about his seven and a half months traveling the US and his two and a half months in Southeast Asia.

November 21, 2019
Centenary Methodist Church Pentwater
Annual Potluck - 6 p.m. Bring a dish to pass and recount the year's birding experiences.
Make sure to visit the Field Outings page to learn about the events scheduled for 2019.

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