On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, a group of sophomores from Lansing Christian High School improved the trail system, pulled garlic mustard and helped prepare the community garden at Michigan Audubon's Capital City Bird Sanctuary. The students’ service was part of the Lansing Christian School's service week. The enthusiastic students combed through eight acres of riparian zone habitat to clear it of invasive garlic mustard and remove trash that washed up from the Grand River. Waste removed from the river included an old television, a reclining chair, a newspaper stand and a tricycle.
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Learn more about issues that affect birds and their habitats in Michigan, and what you can do to help protect them.
The Kirtland’s Warbler, also commonly referred to as the Jack Pine Warbler, is a small, neo-tropical migratory songbird and one of the rarest members of the wood warbler family. First observed in Michigan in 1903, this bird is unique to the state for several reasons and has a long, challenging history. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) the bird has likely never been overly abundant due to its restricted habitat and inability to adapt to a changing environment.
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Registration is now open for the 2013 Tawas Point Birding Festival, which takes place May 16-19 in Iosco County. Click through for program details and registration information. The event website is www.tawasbirdfest.com.
The staff at Michigan Audubon couldn't be more excited to help launch the NEW Sleeping Bear Birding Trail! This is Michigan's first formal birding trail, consisting of 32 birding sites along 123 miles of scenic M-22 in the northwest Lower Peninsula. Click through to learn more.
The title for Michigan’s largest, most cosmopolitan tern goes to the Caspian Tern. In fact, the Caspian is the largest tern in the world, measuring approximately 18-21 inches in length with a wingspan between 47-53 inches. This large tern weighs around 1.5 pounds. Even with these impressive numbers the Caspian faces many hardships on Michigan’s Great Lakes shores and is currently listed as a State Threatened species.
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There are 50 million birders in the US today and, yes, birders really do bring business. Here's a simple way to demonstrate the economic impact of your birding in 2013.
This full-color, hardcover edition showcases the work of more than 800 volunteers, writers and photographers who contributed to the project by making observations and confirming species throughout Michigan. Nearly 250 species are covered in beautiful photographs, detailed background analysis, and maps depicting where they occur. The deadline for pre-orders is April 20
The Henslow’s Sparrow is Michigan’s smallest species of sparrows measuring only four to five inches long and weighing no more than half of an ounce. The Henslow’s Sparrow is a grassland bird that blends to its surroundings well with streaks of brown, olive and chestnut to mimic the tall grass it calls home. It is also a Michigan Endangered species.
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On Thursday, February 14, the Senate Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to discuss Senate Bill 78, introduced by Committee Chairman, Senator Tom Casperson (District 38). Tagged by conservationists the "anti-biodiversity bill," the proposed language, if made into law, redefines "biological conservation" and restricts the ability of the Department of Natural Resources to consider “biodiversity” when managing state forest lands.
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The Trumpeter Swan is the only native swan that breeds in Michigan. At four and a half feet tall, weighing upwards of 30 pounds with a wingspan exceeding seven feet, it is the world’s largest species of waterfowl. It is also a long lived species commonly reaching a life expectancy of 20-30 years.
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The Northern Bobwhite is an important and historically interesting bird to Michigan. The Northern Bobwhite, also known as the quail, is a non-migratory ground-dwelling bird found primarily in the Southeastern Lower Peninsula (SLP). While the Bobwhite is more common in southern and eastern states and Mexico, Michigan serves as its northern range.
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Feel free to mail or call-in your year-end gift:
(517) 641 - 4277
A used book sale containing over 230 titles will take place at the Michigan Audubon office on Friday, November 30 (10 AM - 6 PM) and Saturday, December 1 (10 AM - 2 PM). The above link will get you to a list of all the titles in the sale. The Nature Bookstore will also be open for your shopping pleasure during this time.
On Monday, November 19, 2012 history was made at Michigan Audubon’s Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary in Jackson County, when 8,177 Sandhill Cranes were counted breaking the previous record from November 5, 2012 of 7,483. This is the largest number of Greater Sandhill Cranes ever recorded at the sanctuary.
Join Michigan Audubon for two days celebrating art, nature, and Sandhill Cranes.
Download the seasonal survey forms
Smart shopping benefits Michigan birds and birders alike.
First-ever comprehensive picture of the current health of Canada's birds.
Listen to an interview with DAS's Rob Duchene.
Saturday, June 9, 10:00 am-2:00 pm - Bellevue
Wednesday, June 13, 6:30-9:00 pm - Dearborn
National Audubon has adopted a new strategic plan with the goal of focusing and aligning the Audubon network to meet today's unprecedented environmental challenges.
Become part of the Summer 2012 Bird Survey
Biographical information on each candidate.
March 22-24 at the Kettunen Center in Tustin, MI. Intended for professionals, students, volunteers, and anyone with an interest in birds.
Learn how you can participate.
Michigan's longest-active conservation organization invites you to participate in the longest-running wildlife census in the world.
MDNR lists shooting swine as an invasive species.
Saturday, 6/25 at the Elk Rapids Old Town Hall
Unique photograph collection on display
What do to do, who to call
Walk up registration information
Learn more about this Endangered species during the Tawas Point Birding Festival.
The focus of the third annual report: Public Lands and Waters
Michigan Audubon monitoring efforts highlighted
February 18 - 21, 2011
Choosing the tree that's best for the environment
Midwest birding expert, BIll Thompson, shares his bird feeding ideas
An opportunity for birders to support management of state wildlife areas.
Link to an audio interview and the opportunity to play a bird identification game.