Detroit Audubon has over 6,000 members in Southeast Michigan, and our mission is to promote awareness and protection of the environment through education, research and advocacy in Detroit and the surrounding area. The Detroit River is an important flyway for migrating birds, and Belle Isle is an important stop along that flyway, providing habitat for many species of birds.
Detroit Audubon conducts birding field trips on Belle Isle several times during the year so local residents can observe and enjoy the diverse bird population on the island. Activities such as birding field trips foster harmony between humans and nature, and Belle Isle is an ideal location because of its acreage, diversity of ecosystems, and convenience to residents of Detroit and surrounding areas.
As strategic planning moves forward for Belle Isle, Detroit Audubon recommends that habitat protection and nature-friendly family activities should be priorities. We do not support the programming of events like the Grand Prix or Red Bull car races. These events and the infrastructure they require are in conflict with nature, are disruptive to birds, and they do not belong on Belle Isle.