Public Programs

Book a Detroit Audubon program for your group or event!

Birding 101

If you are interested in birding but don’t know where to start, let Detroit Audubon help you out by explaining the very basics of birding. We will discuss common birds in our area, key features, interact with scientific specimens, teach how to use binoculars, and walk around the local area as we search for birds.

Birds for Kids!

Birds are an excellent way to teach many science topics such as adaptations, food chains and habitat. Birds also provide excellent opportunities to learn about research and the scientific method through community science. We have lesson plans, hands on activities and scientific specimens to keep kids interested and involved.

Black Tern Conservation

Black Tern monitoring at St Clair Flats is one of Detroit Audubon’s primary conservation initiatives. Learn about the rapid decline of this Great Lakes bird and how Detroit Audubon is working to restore their numbers. For this program, we have an interactive pool to simulate how the Black Tern Nests are affected in their natural habitat.

Buggin’ Out

Most individuals undervalue the importance of bugs. Insects and bugs create the biological foundation for all terrestrial ecosystems. They cycle nutrients, pollinate plants, disperse seeds, maintain soil structure and fertility, control populations of other organisms, and provide a major food source for other taxa. Birds, for example, depend on them to survive. (Fun fact: chicks can eat up to 720 insects per day.) Learn about why bugs are so important to the health of our ecosystems, some common species in our area and what you can do to help them.

Great Lakes Safe Passage

Almost one billion birds die due to window and building collisions each year in the US. Help us increase awareness about this horrible but often ignored conservation issue. Learn about the small things you can do to prevent collisions and save hundreds of birds.

Plants for Birds (Detroit Bird City)

Native plants require less work and provide resources for our local birds and pollinators. Learn about how you can turn your yard into a mini wildlife sanctuary or prairie like we did for the Detroit Bird City Project.


Pollinators are a crucial part of every ecosystem. Without pollinators like bees, butterflies, bats and birds, we wouldn’t have the beautiful array of flowers, fruits and vegetables that we love and depend on. Learn about local pollinators in your area and what you can do to help them thrive.

We are happy to adjust programs to better fit the size, age, or preference of your group. In order to fund our programs and conservation work, we usually ask for a donation as payment. If you are interested please contact us at