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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. 

U.S. Exit from Paris Climate Agreement Sets America on Lonely, Misbegotten Path
Great Lakes

U.S. Exit from Paris Climate Agreement Sets America on Lonely, Misbegotten Path

Claiming the unprecedented climate accord was designed to hurt American economic interests, President Trump has pulled the U.S. from the global pact to fight climate change.

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Proposed 2018 Federal Budget Leaves Little Room for Birds or Conservation
Great Lakes

Proposed 2018 Federal Budget Leaves Little Room for Birds or Conservation

If the administration's proposed budget signals its values, one thing is clear: protecting birds and the places they need is not high on the list.

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Here We Go Again: Birds in the Crosshairs of White House Budget Proposal
Great Lakes

Here We Go Again: Birds in the Crosshairs of White House Budget Proposal

Major cuts to clean energy solutions, conservation programs, and a nefarious plan for the Arctic Refuge included in latest budget from the Trump Administration.

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OPPOSE Illinois Senate Bill 641 – Animal Control-Feral Cats
Great Lakes

OPPOSE Illinois Senate Bill 641 – Animal Control-Feral Cats

Now in the Illinois House of Representatives, Illinois Senate Bill 641 is bad for Illinois birds and wildlife. Please join us in voicing your opposition to this irresponsible legislation.

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In Michigan, a Grassroots Effort to Save the Vanishing Black Tern
Great Lakes

In Michigan, a Grassroots Effort to Save the Vanishing Black Tern

To rescue the graceful marsh bird, researchers first have to solve the mystery of its dramatic decline.

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Chicagoland Nurtures Henslow’s Sparrow Rebound New Audubon Study Reveals
Great Lakes

Chicagoland Nurtures Henslow’s Sparrow Rebound New Audubon Study Reveals

Land Management Partnership Brings Imperiled Prairie Bird Back From the Brink

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Meet Old Man Plover, the Pride of the Great Lakes
Coastal Wetlands

Meet Old Man Plover, the Pride of the Great Lakes

He’s had a long life and dozens of chicks. But most importantly, he’s a symbol of prosperity for a rebounding species and region.

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B.A.R.K. Rangers Protect Plovers by Being Model Canine Citizens
Great Lakes

B.A.R.K. Rangers Protect Plovers by Being Model Canine Citizens

New outreach programs in national and state parks turn canine foes into friends of nesting birds and other wildlife.

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Protect Our Great Lakes
Great Lakes

Protect the Great Lakes

Proposed budget cuts threaten our Great Lakes and our water supply. Take action by contacting your Senator and Representatives asking them to oppose this budget proposal.

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