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Waterloo and Cranes, too!

  • Waterloo Recreation Area and Haehnle Sanctuary (map)

Join us on Saturday, October 26th, 2019 to explore the Waterloo Recreation Area and the nearby Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Audubon Sanctuary.  

Highlights include a visit to the Eddy Discovery Center, a guided walk, and viewing migrating sandhill cranes at one of their staging areas in Michigan.

When:  Saturday, October 26th, 2pm – dusk

Where:  The Waterloo Recreation Area and the Haehnle Sanctuary are located between Chelsea and Jackson, off I-94.

Cost:  Adults - $25 each and Children ages 5-17 - $5 each

 (This event is not appropriate for children under age 5.)


  • 2pm:  Meet at the Eddy Discovery Center inside the Waterloo Recreation Area for a short presentation followed by a guided walk on the Bog Trail. The walk is expected to take about 1 ½ hours.  (Recreation passport required for entry to the Recreation Area.)

  • 5pm-5:30pm:  Travel on your own to Haehnle Sanctuary. Directions will be provided and there is free parking at the Sanctuary.

  • 5:30pm – dusk:  Hear an introduction to the Sanctuary, enjoy some cider and donuts, then explore on your own or settle in to watch the cranes and other birds as they fly into the marsh to spend the night.  You are free to leave whenever you wish.

Be Prepared:  Dress for the weather, as we will be outside for most of the time.

Binoculars will be helpful, especially at Haehnle Sanctuary.  Folding chairs or a picnic blanket are also recommended for crane viewing, as there are only a few benches.

Click here to register!

Participation is limited to 40 individuals, so register early!

Earlier Event: September 26
2019 MAEOE Conference