Michigan Audubon protects more then 3,500 acres of important wildlife habitat in 19 sanctuaries in the upper and lower peninsulas. Rivers, lakes, marshes, bogs, fens, grasslands, hardwoods, and northern conifer communities are found in these protected areas. These lands not only serve as a refuge for many species of wildlife, but they also preserve a wide range of our state's valuable natural resources and are used for recreation, education, and research. Michigan Audubon is a partner in the Important Bird Areas program which identifies significant tracts of bird habitat which may need protection for the sustainability of threatened and endangered bird populations.
Michigan Audubon believes early encounters with nature inspire children to become responsible consumers and future conservation leaders. Working with local chapters, Michigan Audubon provides helpful tools for teachers to offer programs and field learning opportunities throughout the year.
Michigan Audubon and its network of local chapters offer a wide range of speakers, workshops, and tours for birders and nature enthusiasts at all levels.
To encourage families to take an active part in passing on a tradition of environmental awareness, Michigan Audubon sponsors events and activities geared toward whole family involvement such as sanctuary programs, workshops,and a Signature Event series.
From answering birding questions to recommending speakers and books, Michigan Audubon's staff and board provide members and the public with birding information on a daily basis. The bookstore located in Lansing carries a large selection of regional nature books and field guides.
Michigan Audubon publishes the award-winning member magazine, the Jack Pine Warbler.
Michigan Audubon's network of local chapters sponsor a variety of research and data collection projects. Citizen science programs are used to assess the distribution and abundance of birds, including nesting occurrences, and the status of rare and endangered bird species and habitat.
Projects include the Michigan Breeding Bird Atlas, the Michigan Winter Bird Feeder Survey, the Michigan Christmas Bird Count, the North American Migration Count, and the Michigan Bird Records Committee.
Results from the research projects and other natural history articles are published quarterly in Michigan Birds and Natural History, Michigan Audubon's orithological journal.