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Holding 20% of the world’s fresh water within more than 10,000 miles of shoreline, the Great Lakes are a globally significant ecosystem. Millions of migratory birds depend on coastal habitats along the Great Lakes for shelter, rest, and nourishment for their long journeys. Thousands of raptors, waterfowl, and wetland birds rely on the Great Lakes systems for safe nesting grounds. Yet, coastal development, climate change, and destructive invasive species threaten the coastal systems that support this great range of bird species – from the little Piping Plover to the magnificent Bald Eagle.

Audubon is creating a cohesive strategy across the region to address these threats to the birds of the Great Lakes. With more than 3,000 miles of shoreline in Michigan alone, the greatest conservation opportunity is the active restoration and protection of coastal habitats. By analyzing historical data, modeling bird populations, and engaging our chapters and members, Audubon will map out a detailed plan for how to best conserve indispensable coastal areas. Focused restoration and habitat management is essential to protect and recover ecological systems that support bird species. Active stewardship of habitats by Great Lakes Audubon chapters will play a key role in sustaining the health of these areas over time.

A regional office of the National Audubon Society, Audubon Great Lakes manages conservation work throughout the region to protect and improve habitat critical for birds during their migration and nesting cycles, we build networks of volunteers and advocates for the natural environment. Within the National Audubon Society’s network, Audubon Great Lakes is viewed as a leader in building communities of citizen scientists and conservationists that take the lead in advocating for and managing the ecosystems that birds need to thrive. 

Audubon Great Lakes Responds to Proposed White House Budget
News

Audubon Great Lakes Responds to Proposed White House Budget

President Trump's proposed budget cuts slash the budget for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) by 90 percent.

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U.S. House Overwhelmingly Approves Permanent Reauthorization of Major Conservation Program
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U.S. House Overwhelmingly Approves Permanent Reauthorization of Major Conservation Program

“If you have ever enjoyed a public park or natural area, you should thank the Land and Water Conservation Fund.”

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Marsh Birds Provide the Blueprint for Wetland Restoration
Coastal Wetlands

Marsh Birds Provide the Blueprint for Wetland Restoration

"These incredible [marsh bird] species tell us how to save our wetlands and water. It won’t be easy and it won’t be fast, but if we want future generations to enjoy the wonders of birds and nature and abundant and clean water, it’s worth it."

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Audubon Supports Congressman Quigley's Bipartisan Bird-Safe Buildings Act
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Audubon Supports Congressman Quigley's Bipartisan Bird-Safe Buildings

As many as a billion birds die each year in window strikes; bill introduced by Congressman Quigley gives federal government opportunity to lead in cost-neutral, bird-friendly planning

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Indiana Marsh Bird Survey
Priority Birds

Indiana Marsh Bird Survey

Marsh bird surveys are needed to better inform habitat management at Indiana wetlands.

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Climate Watch: Watching for Nuthatches or Bluebirds
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Climate Watch

Help us understand how birds are reacting to a rapidly changing climate.

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Audubon Network Comes Together to Protect Michigan’s Wetlands
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Audubon Network Comes Together to Protect Michigan’s Wetlands

The expansive Audubon network of staff, chapters, and advocates came together in Michigan to protect the state’s precious natural spaces and lawmakers listened.

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Testimony of Nathaniel Miller on Michigan's Senate Bill 1211
Advocacy

Testimony of Nathaniel Miller on Michigan's Senate Bill 1211

Analysis shows that more than 70,000 acres of wetlands within IBAs will be vulnerable to unchecked development, if SB 1211 becomes law.

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Audubon and Congressman Gallagher Meet to Discuss Great Lakes Conservation and Warming Climate
Great Lakes

Audubon and Congressman Gallagher Meet to Discuss Great Lakes Conservation and Warming Climate

Audubon leadership and members of Northeastern Wisconsin Audubon Society spoke with Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-8) about conservation in Green Bay.

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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell Honors Landmark Conservation Law
Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell Honors MBTA

Dingell, U.S. Congresswoman for Michigan's 12th district, entered into the Congressional Record, a statement commemorating the centennial anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

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Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Migratory Bird Treaty Act

The most important law we have to protect birds has come under attack. Learn how you can be an advocate for the MBTA.

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At Final Meeting, Audubon Urges EPA to Prioritize Wetlands and Birds for GLRI Action Plan III
Great Lakes

At Final Meeting, Audubon Urges EPA to Prioritize Wetlands and Birds for GLRI Action Plan III

“This is restoration that is informed by sound science, is measureable, manageable and sustainable—which all make for restoration that is poised for success.”

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Audubon Offers Conditional Support for Icebreaker Wind Project in Lake Erie
Climate

Audubon Offers Conditional Support for Icebreaker Wind Project in Lake Erie

“Audubon supports Icebreaker if [the Ohio Power Siting Board] adopts the staff recommendations and conditions on birds.”

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Wild Indigo, Which Connects Kids With Nature, Launches in Detroit
Great Lakes

Wild Indigo, Which Connects Kids With Nature, Launches in Detroit

Branching out from Chicago's South Side, Audubon Great Lakes' outdoor-education program lands in Motor City.

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In Michigan, a Grassroots Effort to Save the Vanishing Black Tern
Great Lakes

In Michigan, a Grassroots Effort to Save the Vanishing Black Tern

To rescue the graceful marsh bird, researchers first have to solve the mystery of its dramatic decline.

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Calumet Wetlands
Coastal Wetlands

Calumet Wetlands

A conservation action plan for the coastal wetlands of Illinois and Indiana

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