The Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary is a Michigan Audubon Society preserve managed by the Jackson Audubon Society. Encompassing more than 1,000 acres at the western edge of the Waterloo Recreation Area, it is renowned as a gathering place for Sandhill Cranes during the fall migration. While many pairs of cranes nest in the area during the breeding season, thousands gather here during fall migration from September to mid-November. Late afternoon visitors during that time of year can see cranes landing in the Sanctuary. On autumn weekends sanctuary greeters will be available to answer questions. You can also see many cranes feeding in the fields in the nearby area. Maps are updated each week in the fall for local crane hot spots.
In addition to crane viewing, this is an excellent Michigan bird watching destination and over 200 species of birds can be seen at Haehnle. In addition to birding, the Sanctuary has interpretive hiking trails through restored prairies and woodland. These trails are also great for snow shoeing and cross country skiing in the winter. Pets on leashes are permitted all year round. As a result of the prairie and wetland restoration projects this area is excellent for general nature study and wildflower viewing.
The Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary is located six miles northeast of Jackson, Michigan on Seymour Road, between Updyke and Wooster Roads. Open daily dawn to dusk. Free admission.