It seems like the easier to get to site would be better, since bird watching is a more sedentary activity. Hikers who like to birdwatch probably don't really need a tower when they are up on the ridge.
Post by michelle bowen on Mar 16, 2014 21:16:31 GMT
Children of MARY HAYWOOD and DANIEL JAVOR are: i. KIMBERLY ANN14 JAVOR, b. 18 Apr 1970. ii. KRISTINA LYNN JAVOR, b. 17 Feb 1975.
Does this happen to be you, Kimberly? I was adopted 47 years ago and just found out that I am from the Otis family from Michigan. My grandmother's name is Natalie Maxine Otis. notes I found: Notes for ROBERT H. OTIS: Donated his farm to the Michigan Audubon Society. Located in Barry County, the 120 acre Robert and Mildred Otis Sanctuary has a little of everything. Rolling fields, mature forest, expansive marshland, a trout stream, kettle hole marshes, and several springs best describe the Robert and Mildred Otis Sanctuary. Pileated Woodpeckers, Henslow Sparrows, Barred Owls, Long-eared Owls and even River Otters have been sighted in the sanctuary.
A few changes recently. Michigan Audubon has a new website, and I'm guessing that many of my links in the early part of this thread are broken. They haven't yet reloaded the detailed info about the Otis Sanctuary and it may be awhile, staff shortages, you know.
Also, I'm having problems with my ImageShack account, so my photo links may disappear too. Argh.
That's the bad news. The good news is that we are again in discussions with Michigan Audubon about improvements that might be made in Dad's memory. There are many options, but the viewing tower on the ridge has fallen out of favor. An alternate viewing tower at the top of the concrete silo next to the barn is one possibility. A solarium on the end of the barn overlooking the marsh is another. Both are quite expensive.
Meanwhile, the old log hunting cabin is in need of repairs and updating, which can be done for about half the money, and should be done before it falls into disrepair. If we, the family, were to do this, there might even be some money left over for hiring an intern to restore the website content and work on the interpretive displays that have also fallen by the wayside. I think Dad would like that...
Time for an update. Many changes at the Otis Sanctuary, many of them good. The manager, who was so helpful in getting the sanctuary going, has left to take on a new career in recreation guiding in "da UP" (Michigan's Upper Peninsula, between Wisconsin and Lake Superior). And though most of Michigan Audubon's staff has turned over since my last post, the new staff are good people, and we are again in talks about how a family gift can be put to best use.
Mom died in December 2015, and a gift spelled out in my parents will was made to the sanctuary. Last summer I reinitiated contact re: the interrupted progress toward making a donation toward improvements our parents would have supported. My sister and I went to Michigan this past October to meet the new staff and present our ideas and hear theirs. (We also brought Mom's ashes to join with Dad's in the marsh.)
Now that the ice is broken with the new staff, we seem to be back on track. It was heartening to hear that, of the 21 sanctuaries owned and managed by MAS, the Otis Farm Bird Sanctuary is considered one of their top 5 priorities.
At this time I am waiting for their report of projects to choose from, with numbers, so we daughters can decide which projects to gift.
Well, another year, another (non)progress report. Despite good intentions, and a $45,000 gift from the 3 daughters LAST year for repairs/improvements to the cabin, the understaffed Michigan Audubon still hasn’t moved to do the work. A cousin who’s a contractor was ready to do the work at a discounted rate, till MA consulted with their lawyers and decided a whole truckload of additional - and onerous - paperwork was required. This screwed up the timing for a whole building season, so nothing was done in 2018. Needless to say, we didn’t send a donation this year. There were some health issues and more staff changes, but we are getting frustrated.
Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, a new startup science museum has created an exhibit honoring my parents’ long career in scientific glassblowing, and I was able to see it in Autumn of 2017. We have sent some donations their way, to offset the cost of displaying and storing their collection related to my parents, and other Wisconsin scientists.