Please Help Us Preserve the Memory of Joe Soehnel's Contributions to Saginaw Bay Birding
A small group of Saginaw Bay Area birders has been working on recognizing Joe Soehnel for his efforts in promoting the interest of birders and birding in the Saginaw Bay Area. We were successful in obtaining approval from the Hampton Township Board of Bay County to rename a portion of the Hampton Nature Trail as the Joseph M. Soehnel Trail. That portion of the trail runs from the end of Knight Road to the end of Finn Road in Hampton Township/Essexville. Joe was instrumental in preserving this section as a Nature Trail and frequently birded the trail. You may also have spent time birding on this trail as one of the prime birding spots in the Saginaw Bay Area.
Many have personally birded with Joe and enjoyed his skills and knowledge of the local birds and habitats. As well, even more have followed his reports on the Saginaw Bay Birding website. As part of our agreement with the Township Board, we agreed to establish a fund to help with changes in signage (to appropriately mark the trail in Joe's recognition) and to help with future maintenance of signage. To help with the funding necessary to make and maintain these changes, we have worked with the Bay Area Community Foundation to establish and manage a fund which the Township will be able to use for these purposes. By using the Foundation for this endeavor, it will enable your contribution to be made on-line as a tax deductible donation.
To make your donation, please click the button below:
If you prefer to not donate on-line, you can send a check to:
Bay Area Community Foundation 1000 Adams St.
Bay City, MI 48708
Be sure to add Joe Soehnel Trail on your check.
Joe was an excellent friend, a wonderful and thoughtful person and an exceptional birdwatcher. Please be generous in helping us with a permanent memorial to Joe Soehnel. Thank you for your consideration.
The Joseph M. Soehnel Nature Trail Committee
The Saginaw Bay Area (SBA) is comprised of seven counties surrounding and near to the Saginaw Bay: Iosco, Arenac, Bay, Midland, Saginaw, Tuscola, and Huron. The Saginaw Bay watershed is the largest contiguous freshwater coastal wetland system in the United States. This is a critical migratory stopover for over 250 bird species of which over 200 species remain to establish nesting territories in this habitat rich and diverse region.
We hope that you'll continue to utilize this valuable natural resource right in our midst. If you've never visited, take the time to experience the Saginaw Bay Area's nature/birding opportunities via this website and the Saginaw Bay Birding Trail!
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