See thousands of  Sandhill CRANES     Come see the over 8000 (last years count) Sandhill Cranes which will arrive daily at the end of October – beginning of November. Two ( 2 ) hours prior to sunset.  Do not miss this!  Bring your friends, family and neighbors to enjoy our natural surroundings.  A bucket list event in our own backyard. Wear great shoes/boots and bring your camera and binoculars.

Ongoing Events:

Every Saturday & Sunday in October & November. The best viewing is End of October Beginning of November.  Time: 2:00 pm until dusk.  Where: Self guided driving maps are available at any participating shop in Chelsea and Manchester. Tour the flight path of the 40 decorated Sandhill Cranes recycled metal sculptures in and around Chelsea and Manchester. Then check out the beautiful fall colors as you spot the cranes in the farm fields. From 4:00 pm until dusk, join the Jackson Audubon Society members at the Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary, who will answer your crane questions. Come and be a part of natures finest moment. Bring your friends, family and neighbors to enjoy our natural surroundings. Spotting scopes are available. Bring your camera and binoculars.

CHILDREN’S Coloring Event! Susan Falcone, local artist, has created a new drawing of a Sandhill Crane to color. The children’s’ coloring sheets are available at participating restaurants.
After School ARCHERY.Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center  Thursdays, October 4 through November 15. Ages 8 to 18.  Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 7 week series. Pre-registration required. Cost: Free
Self-Guided FALL COLOR and SANDHILL CRANE TOUR. Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center   Large numbers of Sandhill Cranes can be seen in parts of the Waterloo Recreation Area through late November. Beginning October 7, visitors may pick up free maps to the best fall color routes and crane viewing areas around the local Chelsea businesses, Waterloo Recreation Area, Phyllis Haehnle Sanctuary also at the Discovery Center.

Get updates online at A film “The Sandhill Crane Story” will be shown on request.

Cider Mills:

The Dexter Cider Mill is the oldest continuously operating Cider Mill in Michigan. Cited by “Hour Detroit” magazine as one of the 101 places to visit  in the greater Metropolitan area. Saturday’s from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 3685 Central Street, Dexter

Alber Orchard & Cider Mill. Enjoy hayrides corn maze and delicious, crisp heirloom and family favorite apples. 13011 Bethel Church Rd, Manchester.  Tues-Friday Noon to 6:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Small fee for some events.


GEOCACHE Trick or Treating.Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center  Saturday, October 26, 1:00 p.m.     Learn how to use a GPS unit to navigate trails and find the hidden treats, but don’t get tricked. Appropriate for any age hikers able to follow rugged hilly terrain. Cost: Free.

SANDHILL CRANE TOURGerald E. Eddy Discovery Center  Sunday, October 27 Time: 2:00 p.m Note #1   Local expert Bill Wells will show a film about Sandhill Cranes and then lead a driving tour to view them around the Waterloo Recreation Area. Visitors can expect to see large flocks of these magnificent birds at close range. Bring binoculars and cameras.

HALLOWEEN TRICK or TREAT FUN!   Wednesday, October 31   Halloween in Chelsea has to be seen to be believed.  The entire town turns out in costume, including some pets. You have not lived until you have seen pigs flying!

WINE WOMEN & SHOPPING A ladies Day in Chelsea   Saturday, November 9 Time: 10 am until 6:00 pm lots of shops open until 8:00 pm.  Where: South town and all over Chelsea.   Bring your mother, sisters and friends for a fun afternoon of shopping, sipping wine and  enjoying laughter and friendships. Look for the Red & White balloons through out Chelsea. and

Wine Women Shopping

Wine Women Shopping

TURKEY TALK Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center   Saturday, November 23. Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. If it walks like a turkey, and talks like a turkey, it’s probably a… Park Interpreter acting like a Turkey! Every Tom, Jake and Hen knows that Turkeys are a hot topic this time of year. Learn how the North American Wild Turkey was brought back from the brink of extinction. Dress a turkey, act like a turkey, and make a turkey call to take home. Cost: Free.

GENERAL NOTES: for the latest maps on Sandhill Cranes daytime locations.

Waterloo Recreation Area, Eddie Discovery Center

Note #1 Advance registration may be required (734-475-3170) Waterloo Natural History Association events small fee.

SURVIVAL SKILLS YOU CAN USE!  Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center    Sunday October 6 Time: 1:00 pm until 2:30 p.m. Ages 10 and up. Note #1    Could you survive a night on your own in the woods? Artemis Eyster will teach you how to make a shelter and a bed, build a fire, find water, make your own string, and most importantly, avoid getting lost. 734-475-3170

APPLE CIDER PRESSING.  ..Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center   Saturday, October 5. and 12 Time: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Become part of the process from start to finish, with lots of family time and great cider! Free.

HARVEST ART MARKET Hosted by Silver Maples Retirement Community.  Saturday, October 12Time: 10:00 am until 4:00 pm  Where: 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea, MI.   It will feature more than 20 artist and craftsmen showing watercolor, folk art, pottery, fiber arts, glass works, original photography, vintage art and more.  Best baked sale ever and entertainment by John Latini. The event is free and open to the public.

the 19 Annual CraneFest XIX Saturday & Sunday October 12 & 13   Time: Noon until 7:00 pm each days 517-641-4277 Mallory.   Where: 22300 15 Mile Rd, Bellevue, MI. Hosted by Michigan Audubon at the Kiwanis Youth Area. Attracting Birders, photographers, art enthusiasts, students, families and casual nature-lovers all find something fun and fulfilling at

WATERLOO FARM MUSEUM PIONEER DAY  Sunday, October 14 Time: Noon to 5:00 pm  Where: 13493 Waterloo Munith Road, Grass Lake, MI.  Now in its 6th decade, enjoy a wonderful day of exploring pioneer life.  Small fee

“Journey of the Cranes”,Hosted by the Chelsea Senior Center   Monday October 14 at 10:00 a.m. Presented by Tom Hodgson   Where: 512 Washington Street, Chelsea, MI on the WSEC campus Call 734-475-9242 to reserve your space.   The program will be “Journey of the Cranes”, a compelling program that tells the story of the sandhill crane, Michigan’s tallest nesting bird and the oldest living bird species in the world. The program includes over 100 images illustrating the life of cranes, most of which were taken in the Chelsea area.


Sandhill Crane Vineyards. Saturday, October 19, 2013.

The local winery will pre-release their 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon just for the day. It will be available for tasting and purchase just on this one day and then will go back into storage until its regular release in January 2014. In addition they’ll stay open until 7:30 pm for late Crane watchers to stop by and warm up after their visit to the Haehnle Sanctuary. The winery will offer tastes of mulled Staccato wine (a Cabernet Franc blend) all day to help warm any cold bird watchers. For more information call 517.764.0679.

Phyllis Haehnle Bird Sanctuary Saturday, October 19, 2013.
The Jackson Audubon Society and the Michigan Audubon Society are teaming up together to offer a day filled with activities.
12:00 & 2:00 pm – Walking tours are available with a Haehnle naturalist. These tours last approximately 1 hour.
4:00 pm – Lecture on the natural history of the Greater Sandhill Crane and the history of the Haehnle Sanctuary
4:30 pm – A car caravan tour of the area to see the Cranes in their habitat
5:30-6:45 (sunset) – Cranes arrive at the sanctuary for the night. View them with the sanctuary naturalists.
Free admission free will donations accepted and greatly appreciated.


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