Michigan Audubon’s Bird Sanctuary Network
Michigan Audubon maintains a statewide network of bird sanctuaries. The network consists of 18 sanctuary properties that together total more than 3,500 acres. The habitats we protect and steward include: rivers, lakes, marshes, bogs, fens, grasslands, hardwoods and northern conifer forests. Each property plays a critical role in protecting Michigan native plants and animals, including both endangered and threatened species. See a map of our sanctuaries and a full list at the bottom of the page. Have questions about visiting or volunteering at our sanctuaries? Visit our contact page to get in touch.
Michigan Audubon, with financial support from private, state, and federal agencies, is actively engaged in habitat improvement projects at the Haehnle, Baker, and Otis sanctuaries. To learn more about these ongoing projects to restore grassland and wetland habitats for birds like Henslow’s Sparrow and Sandhill Cranes, please visit our blog and subscribe to our email newsletter.
Volunteer Sanctuary Stewards
Michigan Audubon relies upon dedicated volunteer stewards to maintain the sanctuaries. These tasks range depending on stewards’ interests but may include trail maintenance, biological monitoring, invasive plant removal, and fundraising. If there is a sanctuary that you care about and you would like to learn more about becoming a volunteer steward, we would love to hear from you! Please contact the Michigan Audubon office.
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.
*HUNTING CONSIDERATIONS, RULES AND REGULATIONS
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.
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