Creatures Small & Great

Northern Michigan Animal Rescue Network, Inc. (NMARN)

NMARN works to carry out rescue efforts that aid domesticated animals such as -- but limited to -- cats and dogs. A network of volunteers transports animals in need of veterinary care, or to safe shelters and to foster or permanent homes. Additionally, NMARN is actively recruiting, organizing and training volunteers, promoting animal welfare and the prevention of cruelty to animals, and educating the public about issues facing animals. NMARN offers a low co-pay spay/neuter program to stop unwanted litters and help keep family pets healthy.

NMARN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Call 231-238-7297 for information, or ONLINE

Straits Area Audubon Society

The Straits Area Audubon Society offers programs to educate children and community about conservation and enjoyment of the natural world with emphasis on local natural communities of wildlife. The Straits Area Audubon Society holds field trips as well as free monthly programs on the second Wednesday of every month from Sept. through May. Programs are held at the Cheboygan Area Public Library, 100 S. Bailey St. in Cheboygan at 6 p.m. Find them ONLINE

Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch / Mackinaw Raptor Fest

The Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch conducts scientific studies of hawks and owls migrating through the northern Michigan area, and educates the public about the bids and their migration. They count northward-bound hawks in the spring, and survey owls in both spring and fall, recording and reporting data for public access. Find them ONLINE

Mackinaw Raptor Fest is held in April. Raptor Fest promotes the significance of Mackinaw City and the Straits of Mackinac during migration. It also promotes positive public attitudes towards raptors and waterbirds and their importance to the environment. Get updates ONLINE

Wings of Wonder

Wings of Wonder is licensed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to admit injured, sick, and orphaned raptors. Birds come from a variety of sources: DNR, local veterinary referrals, 911 calls, the Natural Park Service, and people who have found injured birds. Their primary goal is to release healthy and fully conditioned raptors back into the wild.

Wings of Wonder is located in Empire, Michigan. They present more than 150 educational programs and reach over 10,000 people annually throughout Michigan. Presentations are designed to foster appreciation, understanding, honor and respect for raptors and the important role these birds play in healthy ecosystems. Learn MORE