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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, and 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 volunteer scientists and conservationists that take the lead in advocating for and managing the ecosystems that birds need to thrive. 

Audubon Great Lakes Funds Construction of New Water Control Structures to Restore Calumet Wetlands for Birds
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Audubon Great Lakes Funds Construction of New Water Control Structures to Restore Calumet Wetlands for Birds

“Adjusting water levels and applying proper vegetation management will bring back migrating birds and other wildlife”

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EPA Releases Great Lakes Action Plan
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EPA Releases Great Lakes Action Plan

Audubon Great Lakes: A win for breeding marsh birds and a response to robust Audubon member advocacy

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Great Lakes Waterbird Conservation
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Great Lakes Waterbird Conservation

Priority Coastal Wetlands for Breeding Marsh Birds

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New Audubon Science: Two-Thirds of North American Birds at Risk of Extinction Due to Climate Change
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New Audubon Science: Two-Thirds of North American Birds at Risk of Extinction Due to Climate Change

Enter your zip code into Audubon’s Birds and Climate Visualizer and it will show you how climate change will impact your birds and community, and ways you can help.

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Indiana Marsh Bird Survey
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Indiana Marsh Bird Survey

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

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Audubon Disappointed with Passage of HB 6
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Audubon Disappointed with Passage of HB 6

“This is not the investment in clean air and economic growth that our state deserves.”

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Congressman Joyce Goes Birding with Audubon, Discusses Importance of Great Lakes Conservation
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Congressman Joyce Goes Birding with Audubon, Discusses Importance of Great Lakes Conservation

“Great Lakes restoration funding has been crucial to protect and restore Lake Erie and the birds and people that depend on it.”

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Audubon Applauds Water Quality Investment
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Audubon Applauds Water Quality Investment

“H2Ohio is an important step toward addressing the biggest threats that Lake Erie and our state’s waterways face.”

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Audubon Urges Legislators to Support Knowles-Nelson Conservation Program
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Audubon Urges Legislators to Support Knowles-Nelson Conservation Program

The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program is the best source of funding for land and water conservation in the state of Wisconsin.

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Audubon Great Lakes Supports “BEST” Legislation to Hasten Renewable Energy Storage
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Audubon Great Lakes Supports “BEST” Legislation to Hasten Renewable Energy Storage

“Solutions like the BEST Act, give birds at risk, like Horned Grebes, Hooded Mergansers and Scarlet Tanagers, a fighting chance.”

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