With some hunting seasons already in full swing and requests to hunt on Michigan Audubon properties coming in, we would like to share our policy regarding such. To summarize, we do not allow hunting on our properties unless there is a conservation need, at which time we will enlist the aid of MDNR Conservation Officers. If you have any questions, please call our office at 517-580-7364 or email birds@michiganaudubon.org.


Michigan Audubon Society Property Rules and Hunting Policy

Adopted by the Michigan Audubon Board of Directors on December 1, 2018

Many of Michigan Audubon’s bird sanctuaries are restored, managed, and used with the preservation of the land and its ecological features as a top priority.


We welcome and encourage educational and low-impact, recreational use of the sanctuaries and ask our guests to be mindful they are visiting the homes of the plants and animals whose lives depend on the land’s protection and health.

If you would like to lead a group hike on one of our preserves, please contact us to make sure that the date is open and there are no conflicting uses on the site.

These preserves are multi-use areas open to the public on a year-round basis for such activities as hiking, nature study, bird watching, and cross-country skiing.

Please note, parking is only allowed on designated parking areas and within the right of way of a maintained road such that no vegetation is harmed.


  • Hunting, fishing, and trapping are strictly prohibited in accordance with state and federal regulations*.
  • Motorized vehicles, camping, and open or contained fires are prohibited on Michigan Audubon sanctuaries.
  • Dumping and littering.
  • The use of off-road vehicles and snowmobiles.
  • The cutting of lanes, cutting or destruction of brush, trees or other plants for any purpose is prohibited.
  • The release of live animals on sanctuary grounds is prohibited.

Please contact Michigan Audubon at 517-580-7364 if you notice a maintenance need or witness an inappropriate activity taking place on a preserve.


Michigan Audubon has rules and use guidelines specific to certain sanctuaries; please see the map of our sanctuaries at michiganaudubon.org.

Michigan Audubon reserves the right to deny or revoke permissions and make conservation-based decisions regarding hunting at its sole discretion.