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.

Black Tern. Photo: Mark Stensaas/Audubon Photography Awards

MI Birds is a public outreach and education program created by Audubon Great Lakes and Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Birders and hunters share similar conservation values, but rarely cross paths. MI Birds aims to bridge the divide, and increase and deepen the number of Michiganders engaged in the understanding, care, and stewardship of public lands that are important for birds and communities. 

MI Birds leads immersive public bird walks across the state, gives public talks on bird conservation in MI, engages Michiganders in stewardship activities and community science projects, and works with partner organizations to expand our reach, pool our resources, and share our collective conservation success stories on our public lands. 

See below for our latest blog posts! To learn more about our upcoming events and field trips, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us directly at mibirds@audubon.org! If you would prefer to receive periodic emails about upcoming MI Birds events near you, sign-up for our quarterly email updates, here.  We hope to see you in the field! Bird on, Michigan! 

MI Birds Priority Species

MI Birds News

How to Help Grounded Waterbirds as Spring Migration Begins
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How to Help Grounded Waterbirds as Spring Migration Begins

Crash Landings on Asphalt Can Leave Waterbirds Stranded

Winter Wonderland of Owls
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Winter Wonderland of Owls

Discover which owls visit the Great Lakes region in winter, and where to spot them

Weird and Wonderful Winter Waterfowl
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Weird and Wonderful Winter Waterfowl

If you’re a bird enthusiast and live near a waterbody that doesn’t completely freeze over the winter, you know it’s true: winter is all about ducks.

Celebrate Michigan’s Wild Turkey
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Celebrate Michigan’s Wild Turkey

Discover how collaborative conservation efforts over the last half-century have helped Wild Turkey populations rebound, and how you can support the unmistakable species

Upcoming Community Science and Stewardship Opportunities in Michigan
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Upcoming Community Science and Stewardship Opportunities in Michigan

Join MI Birds and partners in supporting your feathered friends this season!

Birding Safely During Hunting Season
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Birding Safely During Hunting Season

Tips on how to safely and confidently view birds and other wildlife at or near a hunting area

Sink Your Talons into Raptor Migration in Michigan
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Sink Your Talons into Raptor Migration in Michigan

Don’t forget to look up this fall!

Volunteers Show Up in Record-Breaking Numbers to Monitor Vulnerable Michigan Birds
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Volunteers Show Up in Record-Breaking Numbers to Monitor Vulnerable Michigan Birds

Audubon Great Lakes thanks volunteers for their participation in three community science programs to track how birds are responding to local conservation efforts

Fall Back Into Birding
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Fall Back Into Birding

Making the most of fall birding in the Great Lakes

Ways You Can Help