State of Michigan

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 450 species of birds having been reliably recorded 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: 450

    (As at october 2018)

    State Bird - American Robin Turdus migratorius

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Useful Reading

  • A Birder's Guide to Michigan

    | By Allen T Chartier & Jerry Ziarno | American Birding Association | 2004 | Paperback | 660 pages, Distribution maps | ISBN: 9781878788139 Buy this book from
  • ABA Field Guide to Birds of Michigan

    | By Allen T Chartier & Brian E Small | Scott & Nix, Inc | 2018 | Paperback | 368 pages, colour photos | ISBN: 9781935622673 Buy this book from
  • Birds of Michigan

    | By Ted Black & Gregory Kennedy | Lone Pine Publishing | 2003 |360 pages, illustrations, maps | ISBN: 9781551053363 Buy this book from
  • Birds of Michigan Field Guide

    | By Stan Tekiela | Adventure Publications | 2019 | Paperback | 320 pages, colour photos, colour maps | ISBN: 9781591939009 Buy this book from
  • National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: Michigan

    | Edited by Jonathan Aderfer | National Geographic Society | 2006 | Paperback | 258 pages, maps, photos, drawings | ISBN: 9780792238744 Buy this book from
  • The Atlas of Breeding Birds of Michigan

    | By R Brewer, GA McPeek & RJ Adams | Michigan State University Press | 1991 | Hardback | 594 pages, maps | ISBN: 9780870132919 Buy this book from
  • The Birds of Washtenaw County, Michigan

    | By MA Kielb, JM Swales & R Wolinski | University of Michigan Press | 1993 | Hardback | 262 pages, illustrations | ISBN: 9780472095353 Buy this book from
Festivals & Bird Fairs
  • CraneFest

    CraneFest, sponsored by Michigan Audubon in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek, focuses to raise awareness and appreciation of our natural heritage and to support the ongoing educational and conservation efforts of Michigan Audubon and it’s Bernard W. Baker Bird Sanctuary. The festival is held at the Kiwanis Youth Area in Bellevue, overlooking Big Marsh Lake.
  • 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 the main Website
  • Rouge River Bird Observatory

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    Due to a lack of sustainable funding, the Rouge River Bird Observatory ceased operations in October 2018. The RRBO website, the Net Results blog, and social media (Twitter and Facebook) will be maintained for the time being, and I’ll use these venues to post updates on publications and related news, for those interested.
  • Whitefish Point Bird Observatory

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    Located 11 miles north of Paradise, Whitefish Point Bird Observatory is the premier migration hot-spot in Michigan. Jutting out in Lake Superior, Whitefish Point acts as a natural migration corridor, bringing thousands of birds through this flyway every spring and fall. With its wooded dune and swale complex, distinctive to the Great Lakes region, the Point witnesses a huge diversity of migrants. Home to numerous rare breeding birds, this Globally Important Bird Area has recorded over 340 bird species. Research conducted at WPBO significantly contributes to an ongoing effort to increase knowledge of bird migration, encourage public awareness of birds and the environment, and further critical bird conservation.
Museums & Universities
  • University of Michigan Bird Division

    The Bird Division is a collection of resources for people who conduct research on or need information about birds. The research collections, with 215,000 bird specimens, is one of the largest in the world. The Bird Division also houses the expansive library of the Wilson Ornithological Society. The faculty, staff, and students conduct research on the evolutionary histories, behavior, ecology and conservation of a wide variety of birds using museum collections, molecular techniques, and field studies.
  • AuSable Valley Audubon

    AuSable Valley Audubon members live in the Alcona and Iosco counties area. The chapter meetings are usually at 7:00 pm on the second Tuesday of the month in the Tawas High School Library on M-55, or Board Meeting Room 104 in the Oscoda High School on River Road. December, January and February meetings will be at 1:00 pm in the Robert J Parks Library, 6010 N. Skeel Ave., Oscoda. There are NO formal meetings scheduled in July & August. The October monthly meeting is traditionally our annual joint meeting with the Thunder Bay Audubon. See monthly meeting calendar for particulars. See you there!
  • Audubon Society in Michigan

    Offices & Chapters, Upcoming Events
  • Audubon Society of Kalamazoo

    The Audubon Society of Kalamazoo (ASK) has been a part of the Kalamazoo community since 1945, when Kalamazoo area bird watchers decided to organize. For many years it was the only all-volunteer nature organization in the Kalamazoo area. Today we are an active club with members from all birding skill levels, although many are at the beginner to intermediate levels.
  • Bay de Noc Naturalists Club

    Rapid River, MI
  • Benzie Audubon Club

    Our major objectives are promoting an appreciation for and a better understanding of the plants and animals of northern Michigan, preserving our natural environment, and preventing any activities that may pose a threat to our natural ecology.
  • Berrien Birding Club

    With its forests, dunes and Lake Michigan shoreline, Berrien County has long been one of Michigan's most popular bird watching locations. With this in mind and to promote recreational birding and bird conservation in Southwest Michigan, the Berrien County Parks sponsors the Berrien Birding Club.
  • Blue Water Audubon Society

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    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… Post sightings and request information on birding in the Bluewater area as well as for travel outside the area
  • Brigham Audubon Society - Battle Creek

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    Also see the BCBA page. BCBA is for the casual backyard bird watcher, serious birder, wildflower enthusiast, hiker, and/or anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. If you are one of the above and enjoy the company of tohers who feel similarly, Battle Creek's Brigham Audubon is for you!
  • Capital Area Audubon Society

    Serving Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton Counties. Capital Area Audubon Society is dedicated to creating a greater awareness, appreciation and understanding of the interrelatedness of Michigan’s wild places and wild creatures, and the need for stewardship.
  • Cass County Audubon Society

    Dowagiac, MI
  • Chappee Rapids Audubon Society

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    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.
  • Copper Country Audubon Club

    Houghton, MI - President Dana Richter, P.O. Box 124, Houghton, MI 49931 Phone: 482-3361
  • Copper Harbor Birding

    Thank you for visiting Copper Harbor Birding. Our organization was developed to promote bird watching, awareness and conservation in Copper Harbor and the Keweenaw. There is amazing bird life here, read about it and pass it on! A great spot for bird watching all year long and observing the spectacular spring migration!
  • Detroit Audubon Society

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    Detroit Audubon was founded in 1939. A chapter of National Audubon Society (today known simply as Audubon), we have over 6,000 members in areas stretching from St. Clair County to the north, the Western edge of Ann Arbor to the West, and the Ohio State Line to the south. Detroit Audubon fosters the appreciation and conservation of birds and the environment we share.
  • Genesee Audubon

    he Genesee Audubon Society, founded in 1977 is a subchapter of the Michigan Audubon Society. Genesee Audubon was organized to reach people of all levels of interest by offering a variety of workshops, field trips, and presentations. We strive to enhance public awareness of the natural world through promoting environmental education and scientific research of our natural resources and the environment.
  • 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

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    Welcome! The Grand Traverse Audubon Club 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 are a chapter of the Michigan Audubon Society.
  • Grosse Pointe Audubon

    News about Grosse Pointe Audubon, birds and their habitat in the Grosse Pointe area.
  • 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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    As a chapter of Michigan Audubon, HuronValley Audubon Society works to inform and inspire an appreciation of the natural world.
  • Jackson Audubon Society

    The Audubon Society of Jackson County, Michigan. We host monthly wildlife and conservation programs and introduce the public to birds during special walks at local and nearby birding areas. JAS has many knowledgeable and recognized birders who are always happy to help someone new. We get together in December for a Christmas Bird Count and we celebrate Earth Day every year at a public event with the Jackson Area Outdoor Coalition.
  • Kirtland’s Warbler Audubon Society, Comins

    I decided to start blogging in a bid to find other enthusiasts and attract other young and motivated people to make a difference in the world. Together we can make difference. We have to understand that we really have the power to change the world and make a positive difference. Climate change and birds extinction are two of the main problems we have to face and solve. I do really hope we are going to be the change we want to see in the world. Let’s make this planet a better place for us and our children. Don’t let rare awesome birds like The Kirtland’s Warbler go extinct. Let’s save the nature together!!!
  • Lapeer County Audubon Society

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    The Lapeer Audubon Society is a chapter of the Michigan Audubon Society. Members have an interest in bird watching and other nature related studies.
  • Laughing Whitefish Audubon Society

    Representing the birding communties of Marquette and Alger Counties. 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

    If you're a visitor to our area or a curious nearby resident, join us at one of our monthly meetings or call (or e-mail) one of our Contacts for club information or about birding in the Macomb County area.
  • 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

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    The Michiana Audubon Club demonstrates respect for the natural world by providing educational programs and wholesome activities for our members and the community at large. We will encourage the conservation of resources by our actions as individuals and as a group.
  • Michigan Audubon Society

    Michigan Audubon connects birds and people for the benefit of both through conservation, education, and research efforts in the state of Michigan.
  • Michigan Bird Records Committee

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    The MBRC gathers information about, and maintains acceptable records of birds unusual to Michigan...
  • Michigan Loon Preservation Association

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    The Michigan Loon Preservation Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the Common Loon as a breeding bird in Michigan through public education, research, and the protection and management of loons and their habitat.
  • Michigan Songbird Protection Coalition

    The Songbird Protection Coalition is an all-grassroots effort of diverse participants and include: advocates for animals, avid hunters, bird hobbyists, environmentalists, falconers, farmers, kids, photographers, wildlife rehabilitators, and most of all - the average citizen.
  • Mid-Michigan Audubon Society

    St. Johns, MI
  • Midland Nature Club

    Midland, MI
  • Muskegon County Nature Club

    This is the official home page of the Muskegon County Nature Club, Muskegon's chapter of the Michigan Audubon Society. Contact us directly by emailing:
  • Nature Conservancy in Michigan

    For nearly 40 years, The Nature Conservancy has worked with the people of the Great Lakes state to protect nearly 380,000 acres of land, hundreds of inland lakes, and miles of rivers. Yet much more needs to be done to solve the complex challenges facing our natural world today. We can't do it without you.
  • Northern Michigan Birding Club

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    Whether a bird feeder watcher, or a birder who gets out and about a lot, this is the place for you! A place for people in Northern Michigan to share their birding experiences from Antrim county and beyond!
  • Oakland Audubon Society

    Our mission is to: Promote an interest in native wildlife including birds, other animals and plants and advocate the preservation of wildlife habitats in Michigan. Provide on a local level, access to the natural world through activities and social media such as meetings, field trips, newsletter, website, facebook, twitter and blogs. OAS is a chapter of Michigan Audubon Society. We have served Oakland County, Michigan since 1958.
  • Owashtanong Islands Audubon Society

    The Owashtanong Islands Audubon Society is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving the Greater Grand Haven, Michigan area with support for local environmental education as well as stewardship of two island wildlife sanctuaries in the Grand River.
  • Petoskey Regional Audubon Society

    The Petoskey Regional Audubon Society offers monthly indoor programs and over 30 field trips all year-round. Upcoming indoor and outdoor activities can be found on our Facebook Page. Founded in 1966 as a chapter of Michigan Audubon, Petoskey Regional Audubon Society has over 200 members, and is led by current president Darrell Lawson, who can be reached at 231-330-4572 or
  • Sable Dunes Audubon Society

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    The Sable Dunes Audubon Society was chartered by the Michigan Audubon Society in 1982. Our objective is to promote public recognition of the need to protect and preserve bird species in Oceana and Mason Counties.
  • Saginaw Valley Audubon Society

    Meetings are open to the pubic.Our mission is to promote an interest in, knowledge of, and an appreciation for our natural resources. We wish to present opportunities 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…
  • 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. Straits Area Audubon Society holds frequent field trips as well as free monthly programs on the second Wednesday of every month from September through May. Programs are held at 6 p.m. at Cheboygan Area Public Library, 100 S. Bailey St. in Cheboygan. Refreshments and a brief business meeting highlighted by recent nature sightings follow the program. Attendees are invited to participate in door prize and raffle drawings.
  • 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 Wilson Ornithological Society is a world-wide organization of people who share a curiosity about birds. The Society’s primary focus is the scientific study of birds, but WOS also encourages and supports public interest in birds, and the Society welcomes involvement of amateur members.

Abbreviations Key

  • BS Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary

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    Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary is located on 76 acres in Manistee Township, two miles north of Manistee. The grounds occupy 1/3 mile of bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.
  • NA 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.…
  • NC Chippewa Nature Center

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    Chippewa Nature Center (CNC) got its start in 1963 when Midland Nature Club President, Howard Garrett, appointed a committee to explore the idea of establishing a nature center in Midland. A year later, Eugene Kenaga approached the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation about establishing the center and they supported the idea. In November 1965, the Dow Foundation reserved 198 acres that they owned at the confluence of the Pine and Chippewa Rivers for the new nature center. The Dow Foundation leased that land to Chippewa Nature Center until 1975 when they donated that parcel and eight other leased properties to the Center.
  • NWR Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

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    A unique gem located in southeast Michigan in the heart of a metropolitan area, Detroit River IWR is the only international wildlife refuge in North America.
  • NWR Harbor Island

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    Refuge habitats include a marsh-lined harbor in the center, sandy beaches, and mature stands of balsam fir, white cedar, paper birch, sugar maple and red oak. The gently rolling terrain of the island peaks around 100 feet above the level of the lake. Resident wildlife species include red fox, ruffed grouse, snowshoe hare, white-throated sparrows, white-tailed deer, gray jays and magnolia warblers. Gray wolves from St. Joseph Island, Ontario are thought to hunt the island during winter months. Of special note is that in 1965-1978 Louis Benua visited Harbor Island and nearby islands and noted a number of large predators, including Canada Lynx.
  • NWR Huron

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    Eight small islands, totaling 147 acres, make up the Huron National Wildlife Refuge. It is located just three miles off the south shore of Lake Superior in Marquette County, Michigan. Huron National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1905 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife, especially the herring gull, which has large nesting colonies on the islands. These early, bird sanctuaries were vital for a number of species of birds, including the herring gull, whose populations had been drastically reduced by plume hunters and egg collectors in the 1800s and early 1900s.
  • NWR Michigan Islands

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    Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of eight islands in Lakes Michigan and Huron. Gull, Pismire, Hat and Shoe, are part of the Beaver Archipelago in Lake Michigan and are managed by Seney NWR. Sugar, and Scarecrow Islands located in Thunder Bay near Alpena, Michigan and Big and Little Charity Islands are located in Saginaw Bay are managed by Shiawassee NWR.
  • NWR Seney

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    Seney National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The wild land that today is the refuge has not always appeared so wild. This is a land that was once heavily logged, burned, ditched, drained and cultivated. Despite repeated attempts, the soils and harsh conditions of this country would not provide a hospitable environment for sustained settlement and agriculture. So, nature claimed it once again. What was viewed as a loss by early 20th century entrepreneurs became a huge gain for the wildlife, natural resources and the people of Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula.
  • NWR Shiawassee

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    Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1953 and contains 10,000 acres of marsh, bottomland hardwood forest, and grasslands. It was authorized by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission under the Migratory Bird Conservation Act “...for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds.” Additional purposes designated under the Refuge Recreation Act are “…incidental fish and wildlife-oriented recreational development, the protection of natural resources, and the conservation of endangered and threatened species.”
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service in Michigan

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    Refuges, management districts etc.
  • WMA Kirtlands Warbler

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    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Kirtland’s Warbler Wildlife Management Area was established in 1980 in response to the need for more land dedicated to the recovery of the Kirtland’s warbler, an endangered species. The management area contains 125 separate tracts of land totaling 6,684 acres located throughout eight counties in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan.Kirtland’s Warbler Wildlife Management Area is located throughout the northern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan in Presque Isle, Montmorency, Oscoda, Ogemaw, Crawford, Kalkaska, Roscommon and Clare counties.
  • WS Bernard W Baker 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….
Sightings, News & Forums
  • Mich-Listers

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    Mailing List – Discussion Group - Rarity reports from Michigan
Trip Reports
  • 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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  • 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...
  • 2019 [09 September] - Dodie Logue

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    Migrating raptors picked up slightly later in the afternoon, and we were able to be on the counting platform. We ended up seeing Broad-winged Hawk, Bald Eagle, Common Nighthawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Merlin, Osprey, as well as many migrating Cliff Swallow.
  • 2021 [08 August] - Dave Mehlman

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    ...Unfortunately, the poor weather continued, and we were only able to dig up a few things at Hunter’s Point, including Red-breasted Nuthatch, a few Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warblers, and a distant Belted Kingfisher perched on a dock. Breakfast at the Lake Effect Bar & Grill was good, and we all stocked up for the boat ride....
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 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.
  • 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 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
  • Bowman's Bird Stuff

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

    Links, reports, information
  • Saginaw Bay Birding

  • 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.
  • Dixie Burkhart - This Amazing Place

    Last update July 2015 - 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…
  • John Trapp - Birds Etecetera

    Last updated October 2010 - Having recently purchased a new home near Buchanan, Michigan, I was anxious to scope out the birdlife in my new backyard…
  • Mark Robinson - Blobbybirdman's Peregrinations

    Last updated 2011 - Adventures in birding and photography from a Michigan birder…
  • Matt - Birding Berrien & Beyond

    I have been birding to some extent for most of my life though I have become much more obsessed with it over the last 10 years. I live with my wife, Ginger, and 2 daughters, Hazel and Hannah, here in St. Joseph, Michigan after spending 8 years in Ann Arbor, Michigan where Ginger and I met.
  • 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
  • Two Talons Up

    If you like birds and nature, I hope you will find my website useful and enjoyable. The focus of TTU is the advocacy of birding and the protection of the environment we ALL share, all birds, people, and all the flora and fauna of the planet. I enjoy birding, nature, photography, making web pages, and educating people about the environment, so TTU is a result of blending all those interests into a product I hope creates more interest in birding and protecting the environment.
  • Wild Birds Unlimited

    …basic question and answer about backyard birds in Mid 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 - 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.

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