About us

AuSable Valley Audubon, Inc. is a 501c3 organization

Monthly Meetings

AuSable Valley Audubon members live in the Alcona and Iosco counties area. The chapter meetings are usually at 7:00 pm on the second Tuesday of the month in the Tawas High School Library on M-55, or Board Meeting Room 104 in the Oscoda High School on River Road. December, January and February meetings will be at 1:00 pm in the Robert J Parks Library, 6010 N. Skeel Ave., Oscoda. There are NO formal meetings scheduled in July & August.  The October monthly meeting is traditionally our annual joint meeting with the Thunder Bay Audubon. See monthly meeting calendar for particulars.   See you there!

You may download a PDF of our schedule here: AVA 2014-15 Program Schedule

From our Program Schedule:

Our Purpose:

  • To promote among the people of the AuSable Valley and surrounding areas an interest in our native birds and other natural resources;
  • To develop an understanding of wildlife habitats and ecological systems and their importance to our local economic, cultural and recreational opportunities;
  • To recognize the natural resources and ecological systems of the AuSable Valley area and to cooperate with other organizations sharing these interests.

PROGRAMS cover a wide range of subjects including birds, wildlife, plants, and environmental issues.

ANNOUNCEMENTS of meetings and field trips are publicized on the web site and in the Iosco County News Herald, Oscoda Press, and Alcona County Review the week prior to the event. Cancellations due to bad weather are announced on WKJC FM the morning of the event and by email to members on record.

MEMBERSHIP is open to all persons who are interested in wildlife and our environment.

ANNUAL DUES are $15 per person or $20 per family payable to the AVA and submitted to the treasurer by mail or at meetings. See our Membership page.

NEW AVA memberships begin September 1 of each year.

What is our usual birding area?

We bird along the coast of  Lake Huron from Alabaster to Negwegon State Park. Inland we bird all of Iosco and Alcona counties. We especially enjoy the AuSable River, which has 19 active Bald Eagle nests, magnificent Trumpeter Swans, and some Sandhill Cranes, and many warbler species.

The  crowning warbler in our area is the nesting Kirtland’s Warbler. It nests in both counties. Moreover, the vast amount of state- and federal-owned land provide exceptional access for birding opportunities.

In May we also enjoy the spring migration at Tawas Point State Park, where nearly 300 species have been recorded. Year around, we find the confluence of the AuSable River and Lake Huron provides a feeding ground for gulls, terns, and visiting shorebirds. Little Gulls, Icelandics, Greater Blackbacks, Purple Sandpipers, and Black-necked Stilt have been recorded there.

Join us. The birding is free. Do not be surprised if we go out to look at native wildflowers, migrating Monarch butterflies, or just stargaze. Look over the programs and field trips.

See you here!