Birding Michigan

“If you seek a beautiful peninsula, look about you,” is Michigan’s motto. Consisting of two peninsulas surrounded by the largest freshwater system in the world, the Great Lakes, there is indeed much beauty here. Michigan offers much of beauty and interest to the bird watcher and nature enthusiast. Michigan boasts 3,000 miles of shoreline, 11,000 interior lakes, 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, and the largest state forest system in the nation. With these diverse habitats, Michigan is particularly rich in bird species, with over 420 species on the official state list.

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  • Michigan Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Michigan Birding Hotspots

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Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Photo by NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory / Wikimedia.

Ten Bird Watching Hotspots in Michigan

Every state has its top hotspots. Here are ten that we picked out for Michigan. Your Top Ten list may vary, but it doesn’t matter as long as we all get to go birding, right?
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  • Birds of Michigan

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Kirtland's warbler

10 Highlight Birds in Michigan

Here are ten bird species that make birding in Michigan exciting and special. Of course there are hundreds of other species to see, so don’t stop with just these ten!
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