Michigan Audubon and its affiliates have a sanctuary system of over 5,000 acres that extends from populous southern Michigan to the Upper Peninsula wilderness. Some areas are less the 20 acres while others exceed 900; all preserve natural habitat in perpetuity. Rivers, lakes, marshes, bogs, fens, grasslands, hardwoods and northern conifers are just some of the biotic communities found at these islands of protection.
Our sanctuaries can be seen as the mortar that binds three main pillars of Michigan Audubon - conservation, education and research. Maintaining these areas promotes the awareness, understanding, enjoyment and stewardship of the environment. They provide, for a growing number of people, an opportunity to find pleasure observing and studying the flora, fauna and interactions of the natural world.
These sanctuaries have been preserved for this and future generations by the generosity of those whose foresight recognized the needs and desires of people and wildlife. Many of our friends and members have sacrificed to assure these lands for all. With the Michigan Audubon pledge of maximum wildlife use and access for all peoples comes a responsibility of continual guard, wise stewardship and public relations. Access is restricted at some or parts of some sanctuaries because of the sensitivity to human disturbance. Please enjoy the sanctuaries and adhere to the motto: "Take nothing but pictures; leave nothing but footprints; kill nothing but time."