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Michigan Audubon connects birds and people for the benefit of both through conservation, education, and research efforts in the state of Michigan.
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How is our unseasonably warm fall affecting migratory birds?

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2016 has been on a record-breaking warm streak. While we may be enjoying the warmer temperatures across our state this fall, we can't help wondering how this weather is affecting our migratory birds. Michigan Radio's Rebecca Williams of The Environment Report recently spoke with Andrew Farnsworth, a research associate with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology regarding this very topic. Click below to learn more and listen to this conversation.
Read More and Listen to The Environment Report

Species Spotlight: Painted Bunting

For many birders, nothing gets the heart pumping like the flash of bright colors out of the corner of their eye. Few birds found in North America provide more excitement for those looking for such a color-induced adrenaline rush as the male Painted Bunting. While fairly common in the south-central US, these finches are a downright rarity in Michigan. While not nearly as colorful as her male counterpart, a female Painted Bunting made an appearance at our very own Whitefish Point Bird Observatory this past week. Thanks to our Field Ornithologist, Chris Neri, for this excellent photo and for documenting this sighting, only the second recorded at WPBO to date. 
Did you know you can help Michigan Audubon when you make purchases through Amazon Smile? Designate Michigan Audubon as your charity of choice and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to our organization. Thank you for thinking of the birds when you make purchases!

Register for Winter UP Birding Tours 
January 21-22 and February 11-12, 2017

Winter is a great time to dust off your scope and grab your binoculars. Join Michigan Audubon and our skilled guides for birding tours of Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula. These caravan adventures will start in Sault Ste. Marie and proceed through Chippewa and Mackinac Counties. 

The trip is limited to 12 participants and will fill up fast. The fee for the trip is $75 for Michigan Audubon members and $105 for non-members (this fee will include a one-year membership in Michigan Audubon). The trip fee does not include meals or lodging. We will caravan in personal vehicles and carpool as much as possible.
Winter UP Birding Tour Registration Information

Support Michigan Audubon's Conservation Programs

Show your commitment to conserving Michigan birds by sporting a "Conserve MI Birds" t-shirt and support Michigan Audubon's conservation programs at the same time. These special edition t-shirts are $25 + tax and $4.25 shipping and handling and are available for pre-order by contacting Lindsay Cain at 517-580-7364 or
100% of the proceeds benefit bird conservation in Michigan.
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Type E Botulism Outbreak in Northern Michigan

A number of recent bird deaths along the shores of northern Lake Michigan have been linked to an outbreak of Type E Botulism, a disease that has become a recurring threat in Michigan. 

Anyone venturing to local beaches should keep their eyes peeled and report dead birds to Damon McCormick of Common Coast at 906-202-0602 or call their local DNR offices.

Get a Jump on Your Holiday Shopping

Looking for a quick and easy way to score the perfect gift for the bird nerd on your holiday list? Check out these great items that any Michigan birder would be proud to sport while helping connect birds and people for the benefit of both. The purchase of Michigan Audubon gear helps support educational and conservation programs throughout our state. Contact Education Coordinator Lindsay Cain to place your order today at or 517-580-7364. All merchandise is subject to Michigan sales tax and requires an additional $4.25 for shipping and handling.

Support WPBO

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, a program of Michigan Audubon, is dedicated to documenting the distribution and abundance of birds in the Great Lakes Region, with special emphasis on migration and habitat. We are committed to ongoing research, monitoring, restoration, education, and conservation efforts at WPBO, and depend on member support and donations to continue improving important bird conservation efforts. When you give to Michigan Audubon and specify your gift is to WPBO, we designate 100% of the funds to support this valuable site for migratory birds and a long history of commitment to avian research and habitat preservation.
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