With support from our members and the Luber and Uihlein families, The Nature Conservancy protected most of the land on St. Martin Island in Lake Michigan for migrating birds and everyone who loves birds, islands and all things wild and free.
The Nature Conservancy protected 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 acquired 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. We purchased another 36 acres from David Uihlein, Jr. of Milwaukee. © Vin Reed
The island is now 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
There are more than 32,000 islands in the Great Lakes. From small rocky knolls to the largest freshwater island in the world, these special places are globally unique and richly diverse. Thanks to our supporters for helping us protect St. Martin Island in Lake Michigan for migrating songbirds and everyone who is inspired by the beauty, the wildness and the magic of islands.