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

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

Summer Birding in the Great Lakes
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Summer Birding in the Great Lakes

What birds to expect this summer and where you can find them

Spring Migration in the Great Lakes Region
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Spring Migration in the Great Lakes Region

What birds to expect this season and where you can find them

Michigan’s Black Terns Need Your Help
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Michigan’s Black Terns Need Your Help

Sign-up to participate in breeding Black Tern Surveys across the Lower Peninsula

How to Protect Birds in Your Neighborhood from Window Collisions
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How to Protect Birds in Your Neighborhood from Window Collisions

Safe Passage Great Lakes is Seeking Community Science Volunteers to Monitor Buildings, March 15 – May 31, 2021

Monitoring Secretive Marsh Birds in the Great Lakes Region
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Monitoring Secretive Marsh Birds in the Great Lakes Region

Audubon Great Lakes is Seeking Marsh Bird Survey Volunteers in Michigan and Indiana

Winter Birding in Michigan
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Winter Birding in Michigan

Michigan welcomes many new visitors from the north in the colder months, making winter an exciting time to watch birds.

Best Practices for “Stress Free” Snowy Owl Viewing
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Best Practices for “Stress Free” Snowy Owl Viewing

How to Watch the Majestic Great Lakes Visitor Safety

Ways You Can Help