Detroit Audubon led it’s first ever Pheasant Walk in Detroit on April 1, 2017! Live in the D on Local 4 news featured the success of our walk and the presence of Pheasants in Detroit! We are hoping that these stories excite and encourage folks in the city to get out and look for birds! Click on the links below to read and watch the full story!
President of Detroit Audubon, Jim Bull, writes an Op-Ed on Trump’s budget cuts to the EPA in the News-Herald. For the full story, click below.
Detroit Audubon takes a stand against the sale of Warren Valley Golf Course
Board Member, Jack Smiley (and former president, former Executive Director, and Chair of our Sanctuary Committee) did us proud in a Detroit Free Press article about the fight to stop the sale of a Wayne County golf course on the floodplain of the Rouge River. Jack brought it to Detroit Audubon’s attention and the board voted to oppose that sale at our board retreat on March 4, 2017. For the full story click below.
Fox 2 News featured our February 12, 2017 Awards Dinner, including an interview with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, one of the many honored Awardees of the night. Dr. Marc Edwards’ power point and video presentation will be posted on our website soon, along with the clip from Fox 2 News!
Our Conservation Business of the Year Awardee, Wild Birds Unlimited of Grosse Pointe Woods, was also featured in the Grosse Pointe News!
For more information about our Awards Dinner, click here.
Old smokestack popular stopover for thousands of birds
Chimney Swifts are small, nimble, birds that spend most of their lives on the wing. While they are not endangered or threatened, their numbers have been in decline over the last 50 years, resulting in a cumulative decline of 72% according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. This is most likely due to a decline in, you guessed it, chimneys! Old chimneys are often removed from buildings or capped, while more modern chimneys (often metallic) are not suitable for Chimney Swifts. This story discusses the local effort with the Chimney Swift Sanctuary and Detroit Audubon to monitor and help conserve this species and it’s habitat.
In Michigan, A Grassroots Effort to Save the Vanishing Black Tern
2016 marks the 4th year of Detroit and National Audubon’s joint monitoring effort of the Black Tern on Harsens Island. Similar to the Chimney Swift, the Black Tern has seen a a slow and steady decline in the last 50 years, with a cumulative decline of up to 71% in MI. Because of this trend, the Black Tern is now listed as a Species of Special Concern in the State of Michigan, but is not federally listed as threatened or endangered. Detroit and National Audubon are hoping to learn what is behind these regional declines by studying the largest remaining colony in the state. Read more about our efforts in Audubon Magazine!