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What is WPBO?

The shape of Whitefish Point, a peninsula that stretches out into Lake Superior, creates a natural migration corridor. Hemmed in by water on either side, birds migrating through the Great Lakes region are funneled to the Point every Spring and Fall. This makes Whitefish Point a concentration zone for migrating birds and has been identified an Important Bird Area for several species of conservation need. Whitefish Point Bird Observatory has been recording the tens of thousands of birds—raptors, waterbirds, owls, and passerines—that migrate here for the last 30 years.

Over 340 species of birds have been seen at the Point including: White-winged Scoter, Red-throated Loon, Spruce Grouse, Rough-legged Hawk, Jaegers, Great Gray Owl, Boreal Owl, Black-backed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, over 30 species of warblers and northern finches like Pine and Evening Grosbeaks, Redpolls and Crossbills.

WPBO as a program of Michigan Audubon

WPBO became a program solely operated by Michigan Audubon as of January 1, 2016. All programs, research, and staff are maintained by Michigan Audubon, and all members of Michigan Audubon are considered members of WPBO (and vice versa). Michigan Audubon is dedicated to ongoing research, monitoring, restoration, education, and conservation efforts at WPBO, and depends on member support and donations to continue improving important bird conservation efforts at WPBO.

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