Audubon Great Lakes COVID-19 Update & Resources

Great Egret Photo: Gregory Seitz/Audubon Photography Awards
Great Egret Photo: Gregory Seitz/Audubon Photography Awards

Audubon Great Lakes COVID-19 Update & Resources

Dear Audubon Community, Volunteers, Partners and Supporters:

Audubon Great Lakes is driven by the deep support of local communities that often gather socially to steward, monitor, learn from each other, and enjoy birds and nature. As we take on the personal responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19, we must also take care of each other to keep our communities healthy and continue to care for birds and the places they need.

Across the country Audubon has taken measures to protect our staff and volunteers from COVID-19. We are enacting extra precautionary measures to help limit the spread of the virus. In the Great Lakes region, we have temporarily closed two Nature Centers, significantly limited staff and board travel, and the majority of our staff are now working from home.

At this time, it is important to draw from our strong local communities of support. We are working on developing safe alternatives to our regular stewardship activities and engagement events. Birding, stewardship, and engagement in natural areas continue to be great activities that incorporate social distancing, but we want to make sure we are doing them in the safest way possible.

Audubon has discontinued events through the end of April. We will closely monitor recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other regional public health agencies. Many of our events are in partnership with other conservation and community organizations. As such, partner events will depend on agency policy regarding COVID-19. We will continue to work closely with those partners as well as our volunteers to evaluate the safety of stewardship and engagement events through Spring and Summer 2020.

Our team will provide updates on Audubon-led events through email and the Audubon Great Lakes website. For current and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 policies, we have provided resources below should you have any additional questions or concerns. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation, and look forward to working with you again soon to protect and restore the natural areas we know and love.

Thanks for all you do for birds and the people of the Great Lakes Region,

The Audubon Great Lakes Team

P.S. Birds bring us happiness in so many ways—especially in trying times. Enjoy this care Bird Care Package, from Audubon to you.

Regional COVID-19 Partner Resources:

Chicago Park District

Forest Preserves District of Cook County

Forest Preserves District of DuPage County

Lake County Forest Preserves District

McHenry County Conservation District

Detroit Audubon

Detroit Zoo

Kalamazoo Nature Center

Michigan DNR

Michigan Ducks Unlimited

Michigan National Wild Turkey Federation

Michigan Natural Features Inventory/MSU-Extension

Michigan Pheasants Forever

Michigan Ruffed Grouse Society

Ottawa County Parks and Recreation

The Nature Conservancy - Michigan

Public Health Department Resources:

Chicago Department of Public Health

Cook County Department of Public Health

DuPage County Health Department

Lake County Health Department

McHenry County Health Department

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Central Michigan District Health Department (Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Osceola, and Roscommon Counties)

Detroit Health Department

Ottawa County Department of Public Health

St. Clair County Health Department

Wayne County Public Health Department

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