Whitefish Point Bird Observatory

Located 11 miles north of Paradise, Whitefish Point Bird Observatory is the premier migration hot-spot in Michigan. Jutting out in Lake Superior, Whitefish Point acts as a natural migration corridor, bringing thousands of birds through this flyway every spring and fall. With its wooded dune and swale complex, distinctive to the Great Lakes region, the Point witnesses a huge diversity of migrants. Home to numerous rare breeding birds, this Globally Important Bird Area has recorded over 340 bird species. Research conducted at WPBO significantly contributes to an ongoing effort to increase knowledge of bird migration, encourage public awareness of birds and the environment, and further critical bird conservation.

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A Birders’ Paradise


WPBO depends on your support to help fund bird counts, owl bandings, and avian research. Donate to Michigan Audubon to support WPBO today.

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During our annual Birdathon, WPBO staff and volunteers count as many birds as possible in 24hours. You can pledge to donate per event, or per species.

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Want a unique gift in honor of your donation? Symbolically adopt an owl to receive a photo and certificate of adoption of an owl species banded at WPBO.

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