Detroit Audubon In the News

Opinion: Citizens Must Speak Out Against Destructive Wetlands Bill

Detroit News, December 7th, 2018

Detroit Audubon President Jim Bull released an opinion piece in the Detroit News about the the need for citizens to call their Michigan House Representative and tell them to oppose SB 1211.

Read the article here.



2018 is the Year of the Bird! Proclamations released all over Southeast Michigan

Click here to view the Lincoln Park Year of the Bird proclamation.
Click here to view the Wayne County Year of the Bird proclamation.
Click here to view the South Rockwood Year of the Bird Proclamation.


Opinion: Migratory bird protections under threat

Detroit News, September 18th, 2018
Detroit Audubon President Jim Bull released an opinion piece in the Detroit News about the importance of, and threats to, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, one of America’s most important pieces of conservation legislation.

Check out the article here.



Detroit Audubon’s 2018 Conservation Awards Reception

Why Do Snowy Owls Give a Hoot About Detroit?

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Detroit Audubon’s Research Coordinator and Program Coordinator chat with WDET’s Ryan Patrick Hooper to discuss the recent irruption of Snowy Owls in the Metro Detroit Area on Culture Shift.

Take a listen here.

Read the Metro Times story on Snowy Owls in Detroit here.

Ring-necked Pheasant 600 x 475Pheasants in Detroit make a Big Splash!

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!


Live in the D Feature Article: Pheasants turn Detroit’s formerly blighted open spaces into natural habitat

Live in the D Uniquely Detroit Video: Pheasants

Jim Bull 250wIf You Support the Great Lakes, Let Legislator’s Know You Oppose Trump’s EPA Budget Cuts

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.

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Audubon Fox 2 NewsDetroit Audubon’s Awards Dinner

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.

Detroit Free Press


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!

Audubon Magazine