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Support Avian Research at WPBO

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory is an extension of Michigan Audubon, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting birds and people for the benefit of both. Michigan Audubon maintains all avian research and banding projects at the Observatory through grant funding, contracts, and donations from individuals like you.

What you get from supporting Michigan Audubon and our work at Whitefish Point is the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to preserve fragile, endangered habitats and bird species. You stand behind our commitment to continued, expert research in bird conservation. And your support allows us to reach more people as we educate the public about species monitoring, habitat protection, and why it’s so important to protect birds and their habitats.

Join Michigan Audubon

Become a member of Michigan Audubon to support WPBO’s research, education, and stewardship programs, as well as the programs and conservation work Michigan Audubon conducts throughout the state.


Whether helping at special events, leading tours, or assisting with avian research, the Observatory can always use the help of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering seasonally (April 1-October 1) and would like to learn more about current opportunities at WPBO, please email us at birds@michiganaudubon.org.

Sponsor a Day

Help WPBO continue its long-term migration study by sponsoring a day of research. This program is for the spring, summer, and fall migration counts and owl banding conducted by WPBO staff.  You may sponsor any date on or between March 15-May 31, July 1-Aug 25, and August 15-November 15.

You may sponsor a whole day or just one count. Your contribution will help offset operational costs as well as the processing of bird count data. In exchange for your sponsorship, you will receive a letter of thanks and your name will be posted at the Point. Most importantly, you will receive the satisfaction of knowing you are helping the Observatory’s documentation of bird migration at Whitefish Point, a valuable component of Michigan Audubon’s migratory bird research.

Sponsorship Levels for one day:

  • All the Research – $250
  • Hawk Count – $50
  • Waterbird Count – $50
  • Owl Banding – $100
  • Field Ornithologist – $50

Downloadable form coming soon!

Adopt an Owl

Want to personalize your donation? Symbolically adopt an owl to receive a personalized photo of a recently-banded owl at WPBO and support owl banding programs at the Point.

Adoption levels:

  • Northern Saw-whet Owl – $25
  • Juvenile Saw-whet Owl-$35
  • Long-eared Owl – $45
  • Boreal Owl – $55
  • Barred Owl –  $75
  • Great Gray Owl – $100
  • Northern Hawk Owl – $150
  • Short-eared Owl – $175
  • Snowy Owl – $200

Downloadable form coming soon!

Annual Birdathon

Birdathon is an event where the WPBO staff counters and members of the public go out to count as many birds as possible over the course of a weekend. You can pledge to donate per event, or per species, or form your own group of birders to participate in the event.

While Birdathon has historically been led and conducted by the staff at WPBO, Michigan Audubon invites and encourages members from all over the state to participate in forming a group, collecting donations to support your group, and counting birds together in support of Birdathon. You will collect your donations and data and send to Michigan Audubon to pledge support to the migratory bird research conducted at Whitefish Point.

Stay tuned for more information about Birdathon 2017.


WPBO depends on your support to help fund the bird counts, owl bandings, and avian research. Donate to Michigan Audubon to support WPBO today. A mention of WPBO in your donation description ensures your full donation is committed to our bird conservation work at the Point. 

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