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.
Analysis shows that more than 70,000 acres of wetlands within IBAs will be vulnerable to unchecked development, if SB 1211 becomes law.
If allowed to pass, this bill would leave 70,000 wetlands in Michigan unprotected, covering nearly half a million acres.
By Daniel Suarez and Stephanie Beilke
Audubon leadership and members of Northeastern Wisconsin Audubon Society spoke with Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-8) about conservation in Green Bay.
"...be prepared to realize that the process [to pass a proclamation] is quite simple."
“This is restoration that is informed by sound science, is measureable, manageable and sustainable—which all make for restoration that is poised for success.”
“Audubon supports Icebreaker if [the Ohio Power Siting Board] adopts the staff recommendations and conditions on birds.”
More than 6,000 people responded to our call and let their Senate leaders know they didn’t want ships to dump dirty water in our coastal and inland waters.
To rescue the graceful marsh bird, researchers first have to solve the mystery of its dramatic decline.