It’s that time of year again…Fall Harvest Social time! But this year our celebration is even more special. 2012 marks the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy’s 30th year. So, plan for a day of fun with your family at our combined 2012 Fall Harvest Social/30th Anniversary Celebration on September 22.
Michigan Wildlife Conservancy has declared our grand celebration in the name of the birds.
- 8:30 A.M. –
- Bring your binoculars and hear Michigan’s morning choir with Michigan Audubon Society on a guided bird walk (running until 10:30 A.M.).
- 10: 00 A.M. –
- The Michigan Wildlife Conservancy will take you on a guided bog tour (first of three) and a singer will entertain at a bonfire in our new fire pit.
- 11:00 A.M. –
- Join Dr. Patrick Rusz and P.J.’s Percherons on a horse-drawn wagon ride around the prairie (running throughout the day), take a self-guided tour of the Bengel Wildlife Center grounds and stop at all 4 birding stations set up by the Michigan Audubon Society, and don’t forget to find Robbyn Van Frankenhuysen at the fire pit, telling amazing stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Wait… there’s more! We have arranged many intriguing programs that are great for the family:
- 11:00 A.M. –
- Michigan Audubon Society will be helping us “Fall in Love with Birding”
- 12:00 P.M. –
- Nick Van Frankenhuysen will teach kids how to draw animals and birds.
- 1:00 P.M. –
- Attending “Skins and Skulls,” will allow you to see both the outside and the inside of some of Michigan’s animals. Don’t forget to complete your experience by making your very own plaster cast of a Michigan animal track.
- 2:00 P.M. –
- Chad Kister will amaze you with his exquisite photos of the Arctic in “Arctic Screaming,” a presentation about his experiences from his treks through the Arctic. Chad is an award-winning environmental journalist who has made protecting the Arctic environment his life’s work. Check out his books:
§ Arctic Quest: Odyssey Through a Threatened Wilderness (Available in the Dancing Crane Gift Shop)
§ Arctic Melting: How Climate Change Is Destroying One of World’s Largest Wilderness Areas
§ Against All Odds: The Struggle to Save the Ridges
§ Arctic Screaming: A Journey to the Front Lines of the Climate Crisis
- 3:00 P.M. –
- Joe Rogers will finish off the day with birds, birds, and more birds in “Birds of Prey” (sponsored by Clinton County). Come see some of our predators of the sky up close. Mr. Rogers will introduce you to each bird and explain to you the strengths and characteristics of the magnificent feathered species’.
Don’t just come for the fun programs! From 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. we are offering many different children’s activities, such as “Bobber Bob,” “Find That Bird” scavenger hunt, and “Fruits and Nuts.” Tickets for these games are $0.25 a piece. You may buy tickets at the information booth. Five lucky kids will win a prize!
We invite you to take in the day with us at Bengel Wildlife Center. You may want to bring a picnic lunch, sun screen, binoculars, and a blanket. For those of you who do not bring a picnic lunch, we will have a hot dog vendor here for your convenience.
We will also need volunteers to set up for our 30th Anniversary Celebration/2012 Fall Harvest Social. We are asking for volunteers for 3 shifts 8:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M., 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M., and 1:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. If you are able and willing to volunteer we would love to have you. Lunch will be provided for volunteers inside the building.
We look forward to seeing and working with you on September 22, 2012!
VENDORS, BOOTHS, AND PROGRAMS –
- P.J.’s Percherons L.C. - Horse Drawn Carriage Service
- Risks Apiary
- Bath Farmers Market
- Chad Kister - "Arctic Screaming"
- Michigan Audubon Society
- Joe Rogers - Birds of Prey
- Skins and Skulls - Jane Gordon
- Gene Wasserman
- Bluebird Society
- Campfire Storyteller - Robbyn Smith
- Campfire Singer – Ana Cristina Lesmez
- Nick Van Frankenhuysen
- Clinton County Conservation District
- Department of Waste Management
- Girl Scouts
- Jim Atkinson
- Fenner Nature Center