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State of Michigan

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American Robin Turdus migratorius ©Mdf - Wikimedia

Birding Michigan

Some 2 to 3 billion years ago, the area that now includes the five Great Lakes belonged to a growing continent bounded by shallow seas and offshore volcanic islands. Mobile plates moving over the earth's molten interior alternately drifted apart and together, colliding or sliding atop one another and creating mountains and volcanoes. Lava flowed across the landscape, accumulating in thick layers that eventually cooled and sagged. The resulting depression became the site of Lake Superior almost 1 billion years later. Wind and water whittled away the mountains and volcanoes, but the rocks created by this geological unrest became the bedrock for what is now Isle Royale National Park, the Porcupine Mountains and the Trap Hills in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore at Lake Superior's southern shore.

Half a million years ago, the earth's climate cooled, and a continental glacier, spreading across thousands of miles from a centre near Hudson Bay in Canada, covered the entire state of Michigan. Ten or more advances of heavy ice, sometimes one-quarter of a mile thick, advanced, retreated, advanced, and retreated. As the last glacier chilling the upper half of North America retreated 12,000 to 15,000 years ago, a remarkable ecosystem emerged on what is now Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Rushing melt water forged rivers while retreating glaciers broke in stranded, detached chunks that melted beneath glacial debris to form depressions in the landscape called kettles. Some of these kettles became glacial lakes harbouring the fish that ducks, eagles, and loons (divers) eat. Shallower kettles became bogs and wetlands where American bitterns, herons, and cranes feed on aquatic delicacies. In the flatter, central and eastern Upper Peninsular, a mosaic of marshes and sedge meadows developed, some deep, others shallow, depending upon the lay of the land.

Lake Michigan separates the Upper Peninsula from the Lower Peninsula, with islands dotting the water between the two. 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, a warming climate pushed the boreal and mixed forests north out of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, Wisconsin, and northern Illinois; but areas of the Upper Peninsula, where the climate stayed cooler, became a transitional boreal forest zone, a connection to Michigan's northern neighbour, Canada.

Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world, 3,200 miles along four of the five Great Lakes. The state also contains 36,000 miles of rivers and streams and 100 scenic waterfalls. If you're in Michigan, you're never more than six miles from a body of water. The state contains more than 1,000 state parks and recreation areas, and large tracts of forested state land.

The Michigan Bird Records Committee lists 414 species of birds accepted as part of the avifauna in the state. One of them, the globally endangered Kirtland's Warbler breeds in the northeastern part of the Lower Peninsula. Tied to jack pine habitat, this bird's numbers are tenuous. Another smaller colony of Kirtland's Warbler is in the Upper Peninsula.


Number of Species

Number of bird species: 443

As of August 2015


iGoTerra Checklist

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Useful Reading

Birds of Michigan

Ted Black and Gregory Kennedy 360 pages, illus, maps. Lone Pine Publishing 2003

ISBN: 1551053365

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National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: Michigan

Mel Baughman Series: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC STATE FIELD GUIDES TO BIRDS 258 pages, maps, photos, drawings. National Geographic Society 2005

ISBN: 0792238745

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The Atlas of Breeding Birds of Michigan

R Brewer, GA McPeek and RJ Adams 594 pages, maps. Michigan State University Press 1991

ISBN: 0870132911

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The Birds of Michigan

James Granlund, Gail A. McPeek, Raymond J. Adams Hardcover - 358 pages (November 1994) Indiana University Press

ISBN: 025330122X

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The Birds of Washtenaw County, Michigan

MA Kielb, JM Swales and R Wolinski 262 pages, illus. University of Michigan Press 1993

ISBN: 0472065351

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Useful Information

State Bird

American Robin Turdus migratorius


Audubon Society in Michigan


Audubon's local chapters can bring you bird walks, advocacy campaigns, nature outings, educational programs and other events. And with more than 500 chapters around the country, there's likely to be one nearby…

Audubon Society of Kalamazoo


You are invited to join the Audubon Society of Kalamazoo. We are a local chapter of Michigan Audubon, which in turn is an affiliate of National Audubon. Membership in Michigan or National Audubon does not automatically make you a member of Kalamazoo Audubon. All three organizations are dedicated to enjoyment, research, conservation of, and education about birds and our natural environment. We encourage you to become a member at all levels…

AuSable Valley Audubon


We bird along the coast of Lake Huron from Alabaster to Negwegon State Park. Inland we bird all of Iosco and Alcona Counties. We especially enjoy the AuSable River, which has 19 active Bald Eagle nests, magnificent Trumpeter Swans, some Sandhill Cranes, and many warbler species…

Battle Creek Brigham Audubon Society

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Battle Creek Brigham Audubon is one of the longest enduring conservation organizations in Calhoun County. For more information on Battle Creek Brigham Audubon, please email BCBrighamAudubon@gmail.com.

Bay de Noc Naturalists Club

Rapid River, MI

Benzie Audubon Club


The Benzie Audubon Club is a tax-exempt charitable organization and a chapter of the Michigan Audubon Society. All of our meetings and field trips are open to the public without charge. Meetings are usually held the first Thursday of each odd month (January, March, etc.) at the Tribal Outpost at 7282 Hoadley Road in Benzonia. Field trips are taken throughout the year.

Berrien Birding Club


Events character…

Blue Water Audubon Society


We are a local a local nature club that is affiliated with Michigan Audubon society. If you're a visitor or a resident in our area, we invite you to come and join us. Our meetings are at 7:00 the first Monday of each month at the St. Clair Community College in the College Center on Erie Street, Port Huron, MI…

Capital Area Audubon Society


Serving Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton Counties.

Cass County Audubon Society

Dowagiac, MI

Chappee Rapids Audubon Society


The Chappee Rapids Audubon Society is a Michigan - Wisconsin organization whose purpose is to acquire knowledge of and promote understanding of the natural sciences and to conserve, appreciate, and protect wildlife and the environment. - N 2982 Cooke La, Marinette, WI 54143 - Trygve Rhude, President

Chippewa Valley Audubon Club

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The Chippewa Valley Audubon Club is a chapter of the Michigan Audubon Society and is affiliated with the National Audubon Society. We were established in 1951 to promote the appreciation of nature and the responsible use of our natural resources. Membership is open to anyone, of any age, who enjoys the natural world and who would enjoy the fellowship of others of the same concerns and interests. We encourage the involvement of kids through programs and outings of particular interest to them…

Copper Country Audubon Club

Houghton, MI - President Dana Richter, P.O. Box 124, Houghton, MI 49931 Phone: 482-3361 dlrichte@mtu.edu

Copper Harbor Birding


Our organization was developed to promote birding and bird conservation in Copper Harbor and the Keweenaw…

Detroit Audubon Society


Detroit Audubon Society is one of two Michigan chapters of the National Audubon Society. Established in 1939, Detroit Audubon Society serves the southeast Michigan region and has over 7,000 members…

Genesee Audubon


The Genesee Audubon Society, founded in 1977 is a subchapter of the Michigan Audubon Society (MAS); and MAS is a chapter of National Audubon Society. Membership is separate from and in addition to membership in either National Audubon Society or Michigan Audubon Society. We hold monthly meetings featuring a variety of natural history topics…

Grand Rapids Audubon Club


The Grand Rapids Audubon Club brings together people who enjoy nature, especially wild birds. We seek to protect and improve our natural environment and to advance nature education throughout West Michigan…

Grand Traverse Audubon Club


The Grand Traverse Audubon Club is a chapter of the Michigan Audubon Society, which in turn is a part of the National Audubon Society. We are a club whose members enjoy birding together, meeting for nature-oriented programs or field trips, and participating in service projects related to the environment. We are concerned about the preservation of habitat for wildlife and natural areas for the enjoyment of all residents. We join with others to support and promote this goal…

Grosse Pointe Audubon


We meet in the Annex of the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee, between St. Clair and Neff, Grosse Pointe, the third Monday of September, October, November, January, February, March and April. We also hold our annual Grosse Pointe Birding Challenge in late April and our Annual Meeting at Seven Ponds Nature Center near Dryden, Mich., in early May. You're welcome to join us at any of our meetings…

Hartland Audubon Nature Club


All meetings are held at the Hartland Senior Center at the Hartland Education Support Service Center and begin at 7:15 pm unless otherwise noted…

Holland Audubon Society


The Holland Audubon Club and its members celebrate the abundant birds and wildlife in West Michigan and the world. We are an organization that promotes the awareness, understanding and enjoyment of the natural environment…

Huron Valley Audubon Society

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The Huron Valley Audubon Society (HVAS) was formed in the Summer of 1994. Since that time, HVAS has been evolving into a full spectrum conservation association. Click on Mission to learn more about HVAS…

Jackson Audubon Society


The Jackson Audubon Society (JAS) is a chapter of the Michigan Audubon Society. The mission of JAS is to instill in the people of Jackson County, an interest, knowledge, and appreciation of birds and other wildlife. JAS promotes sound conservation methods by helping restore wildlife habitat, helping prevent pollution, preserving outstanding wildlife areas, managing the Kate Palmer and Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuaries, and educating the public. JAS works with the Michigan and National Audubon Societies and other organizations that are working to conserve our natural resources and protect the environment…

Kirtland’s Warbler Audubon Society , Comins


Lapeer County Audubon Society

Laughing Whitefish Audubon Society


Deerton, MI - The LAUGHING WHITEFISH AUDUBON SOCIETY was formed in 1992 as a Chapter of the Michigan Audubon Society. The Society serves birders in Marquette and Alger Counties of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, although we have members from lower Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, as well as other states.

Lee LeBlanc Audubon Society

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Iron River, MI

Macomb Audubon Society


Welcome to the Macomb Audubon website. If you're a visitor to our area, or a curious, nearby resident, join us at one of our monthly meetings or call one of our Contacts for club information or about birding in Macomb County. Our meetings comprise interesting programs, recent area bird sightings, a short business meeting, and, of course, refreshments (key to any birders' agenda)…

Manistee Audubon Society


Manistee Audubon is a Chapter of Michigan Audubon. Chapter meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at the Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary. Chapter activities include: monthly meetings, field trips, and special programs in the Manistee community. Each year, Manistee Audubon chapter leaders participate in the Southwest Regional Meeting and the Annual Conference of Michigan Audubon…

Michiana Audubon Club

Three Rivers, MI

Michigan Audubon Society


Michigan's Oldest Conservation Organization working for improved tomorrows since 1904. Michigan Audubon Society is a non-profit organization that promotes the awareness, understanding, enjoyment, and stewardship of the environment and natural resources of the upper Great Lakes region by educating the public, supporting ecological research, maintaining sanctuaries, and by taking part in appropriate advocacy to protect the environment, with emphasis on birds and their habitats.

Michigan Bird Records Committee

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The purpose of the Committee is to develop and maintain the official list of Michigan birds and to define the status of each species on that list…

Michigan Loon Preservation Association


The Mission of the Michigan Loon Preservation Association is to conserve and enhance the Common Loon Population through research, habitat protection and restoration, species protection, and public awareness and involvement…

Mid-Michigan Audubon Society

St. Johns, MI

Midland Nature Club

Midland, MI

Muskegon County Nature Club


We meet nine months a year, from September through April usually at 7:15 p.m. in the Roosevelt Park Community Building (corner of Glenside & Roosevelt). In May we have a potluck meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the picnic pavilion at Hoffmaster State Park (state park sticker required).

Nature Conservancy in Michigan


Another set of woderful photos on this NC site - whoever is responsible for the complete re-vamp should be congratulated. For 40 years The Nature Conservancy has been protecting the wild, the rare and the beautiful of -Indiana border, from flowing inland streams to the sheltered bays of the Great Lakes themselves-is incomparably rich and varied, and key to the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem…

Northern Michigan Birding Club

The Northern Michigan Birding Virtual Community is dedicated to the wild birds of Michigan and those who cherish them…

Oakland Audubon Society


Welcome to Oakland Audubon Society (OAS) on the World Wide Web! OAS is a sub-chapter of the Michigan Audubon Society, which is a chapter of the National Audubon Society. OAS serves the Oakland County, Michigan area, including Pontiac and Detroit's northern suburbs. Our chapter is known for being one of the most friendly in the area (at least, we like to think so.

Owashtanong Islands Audubon Society


Welcome to West Michigan. The Owashtanong Islands Audubon Society serves the Greater Grand Haven, Michigan, area with stewardship of two island wildlife sanctuaries in the Grand River and support for environmental education. For more information on our mission, meeting location, and how to become a member, go to our membership page.

Petoskey Regional Audubon Society


The Petoskey Regional Audubon Society is a chapter of the Michigan Audubon Society and meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Bear Creek Township Hall, East Mitchell and Division, Petoskey.

Sable Dunes Audubon Society


The Sable Dunes Audubon Society was chartered by the Michigan Audubon Society in 1982 under the name Oceana Audubon Society. Our objectives, in part, are to promote, through education, public recognition of the need for protecting and preserving wildlife, plants, soil, water, and other natural resources…

Saginaw Valley Audubon Society


Our mission is to promote an interest in, knowledge of, and an appreciation for our natural resources. We wish to present opportunites to accomplish this by our monthly programs, field trips and bird banding…

Sault Naturalists Club


The Sault Naturalists is an international club with about 120 members. Our objective is to provide members with a common meeting ground for exchange of ideas and for broadening their knowledge and understanding of natural science. We seek to promote the appreciation, preservation, and conservation of our natural heritage and to support other organizations with similar goals…



Welcome to StopShootingDoves.org - "But mourning doves are little more than live target practice."…

Straits Area Audubon Society


The mission of the Straits Area Audubon Society is to educate the community, including its children, about conservation and enjoyment of the natural world with emphasis on the local natural communities of wildlife. This will be accomplished through regular seasonal meetings and by sponsoring field trips, classroom studies and field studies.

Thunder Bay Audubon Society


Thunder Bay Audubon Society is a chapter of the Michigan Audubon Society. Its purpose is to: promote among the people of Northeastern Michigan an interest in our native birds and wildlife because of their economic, cultural and recreational value. conserve the wildlife and natural beauty of this area. cooperate with other organizations which are working for the true conservation of our natural resources.

Washtenaw Audubon Society


The Washtenaw Audubon Society, founded around 1950 as the Washtenaw Audubon Club, is a chapter of the Michigan Audubon Society, which is a chapter of the National Audubon Society. Membership in the Washtenaw Audubon Society is separate from and in addition to membership in the Michigan Audubon Society and the National Audubon Society…

Wilson Ornithological Society


The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology Bird Division is a collection of resources for people who conduct research on or need information about birds. Division personnel conduct research on the phylogenetic relationships, evolution and behaviour of a wide variety of birds using museum collections, molecular techniques, and captive and field studies. We actively maintain a large collection of preserved specimens available for study by systematists and other scientists. Since 1930 the Bird Division has been the headquarters and provided space for the library of the Wilson Ornithological Society, an international organisation devoted to the study of birds.


Abbreviations Key

Bernard W Baker Bird Sanctuary

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Baker Sanctuary is North America's first bird sanctuary dedicated to the preservation of a crane species, the Sandhill Crane. At 898 acres and the second largest of Michigan Audubon's sanctuaries, it is a refuge for nesting and migrating Sandhill Cranes. The area is dominated by the 200-acre Big Marsh Lake, a restored wetland flooding. More than 200 species of birds and dozens of species of mammals have been recorded here. There are two groomed trails in the sanctuary….

Grand River Nature Area


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The Grand River Nature Area offers stunning views of the Grand River and many opportunities to view wildlife. This riverside park of 100-acres was donated to the residents of Ada Township by Eastbrook Homes. Land was also donated to Cascade Township (named McGraw Park) and the Forest Hills School District (Home of their Crew boathouse), making a linear park of 150+ acres.…

National Wildlife Refuges in Michigan


Map of locations etc…

Forums & Mailing Lists


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Mailing List – Discussion Group - Rarity reports from Michigan


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USA & Canada - Michigan, Ohio, Ontario.

SE_MICH Bird-List

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To subscribe to list: request-se_mi-birdlist@umich.edu

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Mailing List – Discussion Group - Rarity reports for SE Michigan. Not a chat group.

Guides & Tour Operators

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Naturalist Endeavors Tours

Tour Operator

Naturalist Endeavors is located in Columbiaville Michigan USA. The company is owned and operated by award winning naturalist Randy E. Baker. Mr. Baker has over twenty years experience as a professionally trained naturalist and educator specializing in wildlife ecology.

Trip Reports

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Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2010 [08 August] - Alan Whitehead - Michigan & Maine


Annotated list…

2012 [06 June] - Matt Denton

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…Birdquest's tour to Michigan & New Hampshire was the third of our 2012 linking spring tours in North America. The birds which we most hoped to see on this short tour, namely Kirtland’s Warbler and Bicknell’s Thrush, were both seen on their breeding grounds. By seeing both species on territory, we were better able to appreciate these birds and their specialist habitat requirements…

2013 [05 May] - James P. Smith

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…A cold, grey and overcast day with temperatures barely reaching 10°C, not the weather welcome I had been expecting. Everyone met up at Detroit airport shortly after 13.00 and within the hour we were on the road heading southeast into Ohio. Initially, roadside birding held little of interest: Canada Goose, House Sparrow, Common Starling and even Common Grackle do little for the birding appetite…

2014 [05 May] - Derek Marsh


...Chose to visit Ohio, combined with a short visit to Michigan, after my brother told us that it was a good place for birding. We looked it up online and read that it was a good place to see and photo American Warblers. What we had read was not wrong as we had views along the boardwalk down to two feet and at time the bushes were alive with warblers. Although we had been to the USA before and already seen a lot of the warblers it was great to see them in their splendid summer plumage and in such great numbers...

2015 [05 May] - James P Smith - Ohio & Michigan

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2016 [06 June] - Michael O'Brien

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Inspired by our popular “Birding Across America by Train” tour, our first “Warbler Train” was a busy and fun-filled adventure. Connecting coastal migrant traps on the Great Lakes, young jack pine forests in central Michigan, swamps and pineywoods in East Texas, and oak-juniper woodlands and canyonlands on the Edward’s Plateau, this north-to-south route intersected a diverse array of species.

2017 [05 May] - Andres Vasquez - Kentucky-Ohio-Michigan

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This was the most unpredictable migration season in several decades according to everybody we asked , and it was my feeling as well based on my experience in the past five years. Fortunately , our tour was designed and planned in such a way that we did not have to depend only on unpredictable migration movements but instead we visited breeding areas of most of the warblers , and we managed to see every single species but one of the 38 possible eastern US warblers.

2017 [05 May] - Graeme Wright - Indiana, Ohio, Michigan & Ontario

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This was a short trip designed to get my first experience of North America Warblers and whatever else might be around...

Places to Stay

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Sandtown Farmhouse B&B


At Sandtown Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, in Engadine, Michigan, the world slows down as you enjoy our 1920 farmhouse bed & breakfast, which was originally built from a Sears house kit. We are located on 80 acres of rolling fields and woodlands. Hike our trails … Watch wildlife… Relax in the porch swing… Hot tub outdoors under the stars…




CraneFest is held at the Kiwanis Youth Conservation Area, located near Bellevue and Marshall, Michigan. The property is adjacent to the 900-acre Bernard W. Baker Bird Sanctuary…

Keweenaw's Migratory Bird Festival in Copper Harbor


Celebrating the wild birds that live in and migrate through our locale. Raptor migration is at its peak - Check out Brockway Mountain and the Lake Superior shoreline for birds and keep your eye on the sky! Sparrows are here - a good spot to view many species is Clyde's Bird Trail. The warblers are arriving in great numbers…

Leelanau Peninsula Birding Festival


Join Annual Leelanau Peninsula BirdFest, offering a wide variety of unique field trips including Birding by Tallship, endangered Great Lakes Piping Plovers, a 300 acre prairie, and pontoon boat to the Leelanau Conservancy’s Cedar River Preserve. Every field trip, seminar and keynote program reflects our conservation theme…

Midwest Birding Symposium

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The World's Friendliest Birding Event! Learn more and register at www.midwestbirding.org!

Midwest Birding Symposium


The 2015 Midwest Birding Symposium will be held September 10-13, 2015, in Bay City, Michigan...


Rouge River Bird Observatory

Observatory Website

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The Rouge River Bird Observatory is the donor-funded bird research program of the Natural Areas Department at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The campus includes a 290 acre Natural Area that is an oasis of green in an urban desert. Its diverse habitats surrounded by extensive urban development, make an extraordinary living laboratory. It offers the incredibly unique opportunity to explore an understudied, yet increasingly important area in ornithology: the importance of urban natural areas to resident, migrant, and breeding birds.

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory

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WPBO is non-profit membership organization established in 1978 to document and study the birds in the Great Lakes Region, with special emphasis on migration. Located adjacent to Whitefish Point National Wildlife Refuge, the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory (WPBO) documents the chronology and volume of migrating bird populations through the Whitefish Peninsula Migration Corridor. Being the north-eastern tip of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Whitefish Point is a phenomenal concentration spot for migrating raptors, water birds, and song birds. The surrounding land and water features create a natural corridor, funnelling thousands of birds directly to The Point each spring and fall as they travel through the Great Lakes region. This makes for spectacular bird-watching and provides tremendous opportunities to study and monitor bird populations.


University of Michigan Bird Division


The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology Bird Division is a collection of resources for people who conduct research on or need information about birds. Division personnel conduct research on the phylogenetic relationships, evolution and behaviour of a wide variety of birds using museum collections, molecular techniques, and captive and field studies. We actively maintain a large collection of preserved specimens available for study by systematists and other scientists. Since 1930 the Bird Division has been the headquarters and provided space for the library of the Wilson Ornithological Society, an international organization devoted to the study of birds.


Birding Berrien & Beyond


Regular logs from this Michigan birder…

Blobbybirdman's Peregrinations


Adventures in birding and photography from a Michigan birder…

John L Trapp - Birds Etcetera


My fascination with birds dates to earliest childhood. Entries in my high school senior yearbook profess my interest in ornithology. Birds and their conservation were the focus of a 33-year career as a professional wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that took me from the westernmost Aleutian Islands to the political intrigue of Washington, D.C. In retirement, birds remain my constant obsession.

John Trapp - Birds Etecetera


Having recently purchased a new home near Buchanan, Michigan, I was anxious to scope out the birdlife in my new backyard…

Paul Poronto's Birding Macomb Township & Beyond


I've been studying Birds and Nature since I was a small boy. In addition to the 230 Acres of fields and woods behind my home, I spend as much time as possible exploring the various parks and wildlife areas surrounding Metro Detroit… This Blog is my way of documenting the interesting sightings that I see and sharing a few Pictures… Hope you enjoy!

This Amazing Place


This blog is about birding and nature, focusing on southwest Michigan, primarily Van Buren and Berrien Counties. Sometimes funny, sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes educational, always enthusiastic about the natural world we live in…

Wild Birds Unlimited


…basic question and answer about backyard birds in Mid Michigan…

Wrenaissance Reflections


The title of this blog is Wrenaissance Reflections, but I haven't spent as much time reflecting on nature as I thought I would…

Other Links

Backyard Birds, Critters and Habitat


For the last 12 years I have been feeding and watching the birds in my backyard. I have a variety of birds visiting my feeders year round…

Backyard Wildlife Journal


We have a lot of fun things happening right here in our own backyard in Mid Michigan. We feed birds and have many species present every day. We also have a variety of other animals that spend either a little or a lot of time here from Squirrels, Rabbits, Opossums, Wild Turkeys, the occasional deer, ring necked pheasant, mice, and of course, our favorites, toads, frogs, turtles and other sorts of amphibians and reptiles…

Birding in Crawford County


If you're thinking about visiting and birding in northern lower Michigan in the near future, then Grayling and the Crawford County area is the place to go! I hope to highlight some of the more interesting and unique birding opportunities available here, and if you're willing, I'll tell you about some of my own adventures and notes. This site is rather small, but given time it will grow! Stick around, I'm sure you will find something to enjoy!

Birding in Michigan


Latest rarity news…

Birding in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan


The U.P is a place truly rich in bird life. With a good mix of northern boreal bird life as well as many species at the northern or eastern extremes of their ranges. Following are a few sites in the UP well worth visiting for any serious birder…

Birding Sites in Southeast Michigan


Here are directions and other information about interesting birding locations in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County, elsewhere in Michigan (mostly southeast); northern Ohio, northeast Indiana, and southern Ontario. The section Southeast Michigan (not Washtenaw County) here is the portion of lower Michigan that is within 50-60 miles (80-100 km) of Detroit. This region is bounded on the east by Lake Erie, the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair, and the St. Clair River, on the north by a line from Port Huron to Flint, on the west by a diagonal line from Flint to Jackson and a line from Jackson to the Ohio border, and on the south by the Ohio border eastward to Lake Erie just north of Toledo. This region includes the following counties: Monroe, Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, Livingston, Washtenaw, Jackson, and Lenawee. Washtenaw County is approximately in the center of the region.

Bowman's Bird Stuff


Nice photos, checklists, info on the area etc. Nice private site.

Kirtlands Warbler


Everything you ever wanted to know about this renowned rarity…

Michigan Birding


Links, reports, information… a great site and a good place to explore what is on offer ornithologically in Michigan..

Michigan Checklist


Saginaw Bay Birding


“Welcome to the home page dedicated to making your next birding trip to the Saginaw Bay Area more productive. This homepage has been made possible through the hard work of avid birder Ron Weeks and is supported by the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network. This Initiative has been organized under the leadership of the Dow Chemical Company, with assistance from The Conservation Fund, and includes community leaders from throughout the Saginaw Bay Region. We hope that the information on this website will help you get the most out of your birding experience.”

Southeast Michigan Birding


Birding Sites in Southeast Michigan and Vicinity and other ifo useful to birders in the locality…

Squaw Bay Website


Squaw Bay and Partridge Point are located approximately two miles south of Alpena in Alpena County, Michigan.

Photographers & Artists

Artist - Rick Pas


In addition to exhibiting at Birds in Art, Rick has also exhibited at the 1992 National Park Academy of the Arts, Jackson Hole, Wyoming - Arts for the Parks; 1989 College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois - Birds in Art, and in 1979 at the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan.

Artists - Chris & Gina Harman


Here in this online gallery you will see many paintings. Featured in our bird spotlight is the Spruce Hen…

Photographer - Chad Caswell - Nature & Wildlife


Fine photographs from this Michigan, USA photographer…

Photographer - Mark Cassino


One of my favoutrie photographers - such crisp images!

Photographer - Rick Baetsen


Welcome to my nature and wildlife photography website, which includes images taken at some of my favourite natural and wilderness areas of Northern Michigan and the Upper Great Lakes Region. Please spend a few minutes browsing through the individual galleries that reflect my respect and understanding of the Great Northwoods.

Webcam - Mike's Backyard Birdcam - Ann Arbor


The BirdCam is now on daily from midmorning until late evening (EDT). During this time, you can observe live images of my backyard bird feeders. Both a Non-Java (default) and a Java image feed are available. (Note, the after dark infrared illuminated images appear in Black & White.)