Birds are a priceless part of our heritage. Our feathered friends are not only a delight to observe, classify and photograph, but they also serve as bellwethers of our natural and cultural health. Millions of birds migrate through the Great Lakes every year, using wetlands, forests, shoreline and more than 32,000 islands as stopover sites. But these habitats and others are under increasing pressure from climate change, habitat loss and other stressors. We have never seen a more urgent time than now to support migratory birds — for the protection of their future, as well as our own.
Read more about protecting habitats for migratory birds in the Great Lakes!
Learn how The Nature Conservancy develops and implements conservation strategies to protect Great Lakes habitats.
The western basin of Lake Erie is a hotbed of migratory bird activity, supporting some of the largest numbers of land birds found during migration.
Great Egret Marsh Preserve boasts classic Lake Erie marshland and is a haven for waterfowl and wading birds -- including great egrets.
Migratory birds in the Great Lakes region took center stage in our co-production with Detroit Public Television “Great Lakes Now Connect: Migratory Birds.” Watch the show!
St. Martin Island is a refuge for migratory birds and other wildlife.
Check out this story about the Moonbird to see his migratory path through the Atlantic Flyway
The Great Lakes support large populations of migrating birds during both the spring and fall. For more information, check out our Conservation Gateway.