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Support WPBO

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory (WPBO) was established in 1979 to document and study migratory bird populations and their habitats in the Great Lakes Region. Whitefish Point is a program of Michigan Audubon, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to connecting birds and people for the benefit of both through conservation, education, and research efforts throughout the state of Michigan.

WPBO is 100% donor-funded — we depend on support from our members and community to ensure the important work of monitoring avian migration continues.

Donor support sustains and allows our staff to improve upon important work happening at this Important Bird Area and North American migration hotspot.

Researchers at Whitefish Point count waterbirds, raptors, and songbirds, and analyze the resulting data to address important questions about basic avian biology and conservation:

  • What climate factors influence the migratory behavior of flagship species like the Common Loon?

  • How can we better meet the breeding habitat needs for resident nesting pairs of the endangered Piping Plover?

  • What are the population-level ramifications of sex-biases we see in the dispersal and movement of Northern Saw-Whet owls?

Results from our research, outreach, and conservation efforts directly benefit birds using Whitefish Point, but the impact of your support will extend beyond our state of Michigan...

Thanks to your contribution, we are able to:

  • Gather critical data to inform habitat and species management decisions.

  • Collaborate with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to restore critical Jack Pine forest and Wooded Dune and Swale habitats.

  • Protect and maintain Piping Plover habitat and monitor nesting sites.

  • Provide meaningful outreach to Whitefish Point visitors, as well as to bird and conservation enthusiasts beyond it.

  • Reach more people as we educate the public and children about the value of places like WPBO that exist in their own right.

  • Continue sharing information that can positively impact birds around the world.

What you get from supporting Michigan Audubon’s work at Whitefish Point is the satisfaction of knowing you are helping preserve fragile, endangered habitats and bird species. You stand behind our commitment to continued, expert research in bird conservation. Your donation is tax-deductible.

If you prefer donating by mail, checks can be mailed to the Michigan Audubon office at:

Michigan Audubon, 2310 Science Parkway, Suite 200, Okemos, Michigan 48864. Please write “WPBO” in the memo line to ensure your gift is designated properly.

On behalf of the birds and habitats these funds directly support, thank you!