Crane Viewing

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See Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Crane viewing occurs at two of Michigan Audubon’s bird sanctuaries, Bernard W. Baker Bird Sanctuary in Bellevue and Phyllis Haehlne Memorial Sanctuary in Jackson.

Bernard W. Baker Bird Sanctuary

The Kiwanis Youth and Conservation Area, overlooking Baker Sanctuary, will be open for crane-viewing on the following days:

  • October 17 & 18
  • October 24 & 25
  • October 31
  • November 1
  • November 7 & 8
  • November 14 & 15

Viewing of the Sandhill Cranes from the Kiwanis property takes place between 4PM and dusk.

The property is not open on weekdays.

The street address for the Kiwanis Youth Conservation Area is:
22300 15 Mile Rd 
Bellevue, Michigan 49021

The link shows the location of the event site and allow users to get directions by entering the address of your current location:

Phyllis Haehlne Memorial Sanctuary in Jackson County

The sanctuary is open to the public every day from dawn to dusk for crane viewing. However, on the October and November weekends, a member of the Jackson Audubon Society will be on hand from 4 PM to dusk to assist anyone interested in viewing cranes.

Additionally, the Annual Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Festival also known as Cranes, Colors and Cabernet is scheduled for Saturday, October 17th from noon until dusk.  One-hour guided tours to the north side of Mud Lake Marsh will be given at 12 (noon) and 2 PM.  At 4:30 PM Jackson Audubon members will lead car pool tours around Jackson County to see the cranes up close as they feed in the surrounding farm fields.  The car pool will return to Haehnle in time to see the cranes return to Mud Lake Marsh to roost for the evening.

Haehnle Sanctuary is located across the road from 9011 Seymour Rd., Grass Lake, MI  49240.