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COVID-19 Updates & Resources

COVID-19 Updates & Information
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COVID-19 Updates & Information

A message from the Audubon Great Lakes team regarding programming, state office, and center guidance and closures to keep you informed and up-to-date during this challenging time.

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The Nest
The Nest

The Nest

The Nest is a compilation of virtual & e-learning resources for anyone at home fulfilled by birds and the places they need. Perfect for practicing social distancing, The Nest provides a safe resource to escape into the world of birds.

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Great Lakes & Migratory Birds
The Nest

Great Lakes & Migratory Birds

A dedicated space for Audubon Great Lakes network to experience and explore birds safely and from the comfort of your home. Transport yourself into the world of Great Lakes' birds and spring migration today.

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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. 

Sandhill Crane. Photo: Steve Torna/Audubon Photography Awards

Audubon Great Lakes News

More Than 100 Acres of Wetlands to be Restored on Southeast Side of Chicago
Coastal Wetlands

More Than 100 Acres of Wetlands to be Restored on Southeast Side of Chicago

"Improving drainage and better controlling the flow of water in the Calumet is important for the benefit of birds and people"

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Audubon’s Restoration Internships set birds and interns up for long-term success
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Audubon’s Restoration Internships set birds and interns up for long-term success

Celebrating its 15th-year Anniversary, Audubon's Restoration Internships provide crucial job training for emerging professionals and restore crucial habitat for the benefit of birds and people.

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Conservation & Policy Press Releases

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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