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Elevate your bird-watching with some community science


You can help advance Audubon’s Migratory Bird Initiative by visiting public lands and reporting bird sightings on eBird – an online database of bird observations providing scientists, researchers and amateur naturalists with real-time data about bird distribution and abundance. Photo courtesy of Michigan DNR.

One of the best ways to enjoy Michigan’s fall colors and fresh air is to take in the many majestic migratory birds that dot our skies and landscapes this time each year. Better yet, birders of all experience levels can lend bird research a hand by sharing observations of what they see and when and where they see it.

Michigan’s fall migration includes waterfowl, shorebirds, waterbirds, songbirds and raptors that head south to their wintering grounds. Such bird patterns, often complex and misunderstood, are key to helping identify conservation priorities that best support these winged wanderers.

Why does that matter to you? Well, researchers need help. You can help advance Audubon’s Migratory Bird Initiative by visiting public lands and reporting bird sightings on eBird—an online database of bird observations providing scientists, researchers and amateur naturalists with real-time data about bird distribution and abundance. Plus, eBird makes it easy to keep track of your own bird observations, photos and audio files.

The DNR owns and manages half of Michigan’s 103 Important Bird Areas (sites of international significance for the conservation of the world’s birds), and it’s no surprise these make for excellent birding destinations. Many are in DNR-managed state wildlife and game areas. Before you go, though, become familiar with hunting season start dates at these locations; check the Michigan Hunting Digest or call your local DNR office. Birders are advised to wear brightly colored clothing, as fall hunting seasons are getting underway, and remember that a Recreation Passport is needed for vehicle entry at state parks and recreation areas. 

See the full list of Michigan IBAs at Audubon.org. Other resources include a list of Michigan’s birding trails and sanctuaries, plus the MI Birds blog with tips on making the most of your fall birding experience.

For more birding inspiration, explore MI Birds, your one-stop shop for all things birds in Michigan. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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