Audubon Great Lakes

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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, 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 citizen scientists and conservationists that take the lead in advocating for and managing the ecosystems that birds need to thrive. 

Conservation
Conservation

Conservation

Audubon Chicago Region strives to conserve and restore the habitats we share with all wildlife, focusing on the needs of birds.

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Saving Important Bird Areas
Important Bird Areas

Saving Important Bird Areas

Establishing and maintaining Important Bird Areas

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Great Lakes Initiative
Great Lakes

Great Lakes Initiative

Audubon is creating a cohesive strategy across the region to address these threats to the birds of the Great Lakes.

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Bird-Friendly Communities
Bird-Friendly Communities

Creating Bird-Friendly Communities

Everyone can help make their community bird-friendly.

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Education & Engagement
Education

Education Programs

Learn about our education and engagement programs.

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Wild Indigo Nature Explorations
Urban Conservation

Wild Indigo Nature Explorations

Free field trips and indoor programming at Cook County Forest Preserves.

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Birds
Birds

Birds & Birding

Learn birding basics or add to your knowledge about birds and their habitat.

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Citizen Science
Citizen Science

Be a Citizen Scientist

Take your love of the outdoors to the next level. Get involved with restoration and bird monitoring activities.

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Take Action for Birds
How To Help

Take Action for Birds

From volunteering to creating a bird-friendly backyard, you can help birds in your area.

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Ways You Can Help