Coastal Wetlands

A vigilant mother watches as her recently hatched chick is banded by Audubon Great Lakes staff and volunteer at Wigwam Bay State Wildlife Area, Michigan. Photo: David Fuller

Why should you care about Great Lakes coastal wetlands?

With more than 20% of our planet's freshwater and over 10,000 miles of coastline, the Great Lakes are perhaps our greatest natural resource in the region. From the provision of clean drinking water and fish nurseries, to the buffering effect applied to flood and drought events, the coastal wetlands are deeply connected to the people of the Great Lakes. In the face of climate change these wetlands have never been so important for both birds and people.

Unfortunately, more than two thirds of the original coastal wetlands in the Great Lakes have been lost to agriculture, industry or human residence. The wetlands that do remain are under serious threat from invasive species and altered hydrology. As they often do, our birds have served as messengers of these threats with dramatic and long-term population declines sounding an alarm.

Audubon is working to empower our network in the region to protect and restore Great Lakes coastal wetlands that improves habitat for breeding and migratory birds, builds our coastal communities resiliency to climate change and improves water quality for birds and people.

Great Lakes Waterbird Conservation
Conservation

Great Lakes Waterbird Conservation

Priority Coastal Wetlands for Breeding Marsh Birds

Read more

Black Tern Conservation
Coastal Wetlands

Black Tern Conservation

Saving one of the Great Lakes' most iconic species

Read more

Priority Region: Calumet
Coastal Wetlands

Priority Region: Calumet

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

Read more

MI Birds
MI Birds

MI Birds

MI Birds aims to deepen Michiganders engagement in the understanding, care, and stewardship of public lands that are important for birds and local communities.

Read more

Great Lakes Marsh Birds

   

Ways You Can Help