• Some of Michigan's best birding can be found in the fall. Birds from across Canada and the north central US make a beeline for the Great Lakes on their migration south. The big water on the Lakes and the region's abundant wetlands are a vital refueling stop for hundreds of species. It's also time to watch for northern birds that come to spend the winter in Michigan.

Winged Wednesday - Migration Text Updates

  • Flying trumpeter swans

    Michigan is home to so many interesting birds and we want to share some feathery facts with you.

    Sign up for our Winged Wednesday text updates to learn more about the birds moving through Michigan and the best state parks to see them.

    Simply text "bird" to 51555 or visit MobileCause to sign up!

Sandhill Crane Migration

  • A sandhill crane standing in a bright green field

    Every autumn in Michigan, a migration of thousands of Sandhill Cranes takes place in the southern Lower Peninsula. Head south to Jackson and Washtenaw counties where Sandhill Cranes spend the months of October and early November in Michigan marshlands.

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