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What's New
Cleanup of Radio Tower Bay in Duluth making progress
Duluth News Tribune (10/2)
In the St. Louis River estuary, the cleanup underway since 2012 is aimed at restoring a more natural ecosystem to the 45-acre bay in the hope that it will serve as a nursery for fish and a nesting area for birds and wildlife.

Local project to create Detroit River bird-watching spot
CBS - Detroit, MI (9/16)
A $12,000 project at a park in Detroit, Mich. is expected to create a new place for watching birds along the Detroit River.

Quebec’s toxic gulls offer clues about flame retardants
Environmental Health News (9/2)
An avian toxicologist has ventured to an island in the St. Lawrence River near Montreal, Quebec for his research exploring the health effects of widely used chemicals that have contaminated animals, people and the environment around the globe.

Invasive Phragmites hurting bird population on Leslie St. Spit
Toronto Star (8/28)
The invasive plant Phragmites is threatening habitat for migratory birds on Ontario's Leslie St. Spit in Lake Ontario.

Scientists use birds to track pollution
The Columbus Dispatch (7/13)
Birds are providing some insight into contamination in the Great Lakes. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey are observing tree swallows and monitoring levels of some toxins in their blood. If these metals and chemicals are in birds, they likely are in humans as well, researchers say.

Contamination monitored with bird blood
Great Lakes Echo (5/30)
Birds give the word on Great Lakes contamination under a U.S. Geological Survey program in place since 2010 that tracks environmental trends and monitors the success of chemical cleanups.

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General Resources
Birds of Lake Huron and the Coastal Zone
Michigan State University Sea Grant Extension
Focuses on waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls, terns, geese, and raptors likely to be seen on the water, beach, or in the wetlands of Lake Huron.

BirdSource
An interactive website connecting bird enthusiasts with internet-based data and projects; sponsored by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

Canada's Aquatic Environments: Birds
University of Guelph, Ontario
Go birdwatching around the Great Lakes! Includes species descriptions, avian evolution and more.

Chipper Woods Bird Observatory
An excellent starting point for information about birds, includes photos and descriptions on physical features, habitat, distribution and nesting behavior.

EPA and Bird Conservation
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Information on the EPA's bird conservation initiatives, related programs and activism opportunities.

Illinois Natural History Survey Bird Collection
Illinois Natural History Survey
View a list of Illinois' birds, highlights and threatened and endangered species.

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Birding
Birding in Illinois
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Cornell Lab of Ornithology (New York)
 

Illinois and Chicago Net-Birding
 

Michigan Birding
Provides links to bird counts, checklists, publications and other Michigan birding sites.

Minnesota Birding Network
Minnesota bird lists, photographs, nesting project and more.

Minnesota Ornithologists' Union
 

Online Guide to Indiana Birding
Indiana Audubon Society
This Internet-based birding guide is written by Indiana birders for birders within the state, as well as visitors. It offers interactive maps and expert advice on where to go to find target birds in Indiana.

Ontario Field Ornithologists
 

Presqu'ile Provincial Park
Ontario Parks
A mecca for birdwatchers every spring and fall, this peninsula south of Brighton is a major flyway for migrating birds, home to waterfowl and shorebirds, and a staging point for Mexico-bound monarch butterflies.

Wild About Birds: A guide to Illinois Birding
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
This page contains the Illinois Birds Education Kit along with an inventory of Illinois bird species and the live action bird cam at a feeder in central Illinois.

Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas
Provides a permanent record of the bird species breeding in Wisconsin, monitoring data, and species maps and images.

Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
Features hotline reports, field trips, a checklist of Wisconsin birds, and a monthly newsletter.

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Surveys and Sitings
Bird Monitoring in North America
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Learn about the Breeding Bird Census, Breeding Bird Learn about the Breeding Bird Census, Breeding Bird Survey, a variety of monitoring activities and more.

BirdCast
A collaborative effort that enables anyone to track migrating birds as they move through the Mid-Atlantic region, complete with radar imagery, educational information, and the chance to record your own observations.

Birds of Fermilab
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
This page contains information about the birds recorded on the 6,800 acre site of the Fermilab accelerator laboratory located in the far west suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago Peregrine Release and Restoration Project
Chicago Academy of Sciences
CPRR instituted as its primary goal the re-establishment of a midwest peregrine population.

Illinois Birds
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Includes photos, species distribution maps and information about birds found in Illinois.

Illinois Bluebird Project
Illinois Audubon Society
Enthusiasts located statewide who share information about the bluebird, and find out how the bluebirds are faring in all parts of Illinois.

LoonWatch
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute
Loonwatch promotes the preservation, understanding and enjoyment of common loons and their aquatic habitats in the Lake Superior region.

Rouge River Bird Observatory
University of Michigan-Dearborn
This donor-funded bird research program, established in 1992, offers an unique opportunity to explore an understudied, yet increasingly important area in ornithology: the importance of urban natural areas to resident, migrant and breeding birds.

The Raptor Center
University of Minnesota
An international medical facility for birds of prey, the Center's mission is to preserve biological diversity among raptors and other avian species through medical treatment, scientific investigation, education, and management of wild populations.

Wisconsin's Trumpeter Swan Fund
In 1987, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with a variety of organizations and individuals, began implementing a trumpeter swan recovery plan for the state.

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Events
Kirtland's Warbler Festival
Celebrate the gradual return of the endangered Kirtland's Warbler and its home in the Jack Pine and AuSable River ecosystem. Kirtland Community College, named for the rare bird, is the host site for the festival, eight miles north of St. Helen, Mich.

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