The Nature Conservancy is protecting an island in the Great Lakes.
The Nature Conservancy is protecting St. Martin Island in Lake Michigan, which is located in Michigan waters about five miles from Washington and Rock islands at the tip of the Door Peninsula. © Mark Godfrey/TNC
The island is home to rocky bluffs, cobble beaches, wetlands, and white cedar and sugar maple-white birch forests. © Frykman Gallery
St. Martin Island provides critical stopover habitat for birds, like these pelicans, that migrate through the Great Lakes each spring and fall. © Frykman Gallery
Migrating butterflies like this monarch, dragonflies and bats also use the islands. In fact, nearby Door Peninsula is one of the hottest spots for bat migration in the Great Lakes. © Gerald H. Emmerich, Jr.
St. Martin Island is part of the Niagara Escarpment and has significant bluffs, which have land snails and rare plants associated with them. © Frykman Gallery
The Conservancy is acquiring nearly 1,244 acres, or 94 percent, of the island from the Fred Luber family of Milwaukee, which has owned and cared for their land on the island since the 1980s. © Vin Reed
We hope the island will eventually become part of the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a sanctuary for native birds and other wildlife that includes Pilot Island (shown here). © Mark Godfrey/TNC
You can help protect this special island for migrating birds and for everyone who loves birds, islands and all things wild and free by making a contribution today. © Frykman Gallery