Great Lakes Project
The Nature Conservancy's Great Lakes Project spans eight states and two Canadian provinces. Here you'll find a collection of stories about our work across the entire basin.
Protecting and Restoring the World’s Largest Freshwater Dune System
Our Great Lakes are our great providers. But, they currently face some serious threats: climate change, aquatic invasive species, degraded water quality and habitat loss. What do these threats put at stake? Find out in this infographic.
Millions of birds migrate through the Great Lakes every year, using wetlands, forests, shoreline and more than 32,000 islands as stopover sites.
The Nature Conservancy is working to restore spawning reefs in Grand Traverse Bay. Lake trout, lake whitefish and lake herring use these reefs like nurseries to protect their eggs from predators and the relentless action of the waves.
These top five "usual suspects" are among the most threatening aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. See the Infographic
Two eDNA samples collected by the Conservancy and its partners on July 8, 2013, from the Calumet Harbor, at the mouth of the Chicago Area Waterway System in Lake Michigan, tested positive for Eurasian ruffe DNA.
Explore this interactive map to see where we're working across the Great Lakes basin.
We’ve partnered with Detroit Public TV to start a conservation conversation across the Great Lakes region about current threats and potential solutions facing the Great Lakes.
Learn about the Conservancy team members who are working to protect the lands and waters of the Great Lakes region.
The food grown in the Great Lakes region helps feed the world. Find out how we're keeping it fresh!
When working across eight states and two Canadian provinces, partnerships are imperative in moving conservation forward
From sandy shorelines to cobblestone coastal areas, beaches in the Great Lakes are as different as the people who enjoy them. Which Great Lakes beaches does the Conservancy protect
Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time and Right Place--the "4 R's"-- are being used to help keep Lake Erie's waters clean. Learn about the 4R Certification Program
This month our furry and feathery friends in the Great Lakes region are a little frisky and putting on some colorful displays all in the name of love. Learn more about their courtship behaviors and we're doing to protect mating grounds. Explore