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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. 

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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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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Governor Kasich Sends Strong Signal with Veto
Great Lakes

Governor Kasich Sends Strong Signal with Veto

Ohio Ready for Clean Energy Future and New Jobs

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One Casualty of White House Budget: Cleanup of Toxic Hotspots Along the Great Lakes
Coastal Wetlands

One Casualty of White House Budget: Cleanup of Toxic Hotspots Along the Great Lakes

The proposed budget dedicates $0 to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which restores polluted land and water leftover from manufacturing, lumber, and mining industries.

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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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Climate Change
Climate

Climate Change

Climate Change is the number one threat to North American birds.

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Conservation
Conservation

Conservation

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

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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