So sorry for the delay, I've gotten a LOT of information from my contact, and I kind of had to figure it all out.
Here is the deal:
The parking lot at the Phillis Haehnle Audubon Sanctuary is VERY small, and it is about an hour away, so I suggest you all meet before and drive together.
MEETING PLACE 2:30 PM
LA FITNESS at 696 and Woodward
25352 Woodward Ave.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
MEET ON THE SOUTH SIDE - the 696 Side
Remember - if you don't drive, and you ride with someone, offer gas money please.
As long as your organize and leave by about 3pm, you should all have plenty of time to get there
ARRIVE at the Phillis Haehnle Audubon Sanctuary around 4 pm:
9066 Seymour Rd Pleasant Lake, MI 49272
This is ACTUALLY the house address for across the street, but it's the only address that the Sanctuary has - so once you find this address, the parking lot is right across the street.
There will be Greeters from the Jackson Audubon Society at the Sanctuary from 4 to about 7pm. They will be able to help you by letting you know where to go, and kind of how to get the best photo. The birds mostly come in around 6 - so you should have about 2 hours to find your spot - this is about the amount of time that they suggested to me that you needed.
Now, after dinner, I've made reservations for 25 of you all at
Smokehouse 52 BBQ
125 S. Main Street Chelsea, Michigan 48118
This place has been recommended, and they apparently have amazing food, and "more than enough room" for our group.
FINALLY: Here is some information that they've sent me
Here's a map of the area you are going to MAP
Here is a Detailed Crane Count of the area COUNT I called the Sanctuary this morning and they said they have about 385 as of 14th.
The Haehnle Sanctuary phone number[masked]
Ok, and finally - I will NOT be joining you for this outing, as I have other commitments. I am FAIRLY sure that Amy Olsen is taking the lead on this, but I will confirm with her today and let you know.