Audubon Great Lakes
Monthly Newsletter February 2023
Advocacy Day in Indiana
Audubon Members Flock to Indiana Statehouse to Push for More Renewable Energy and Wetlands Protections
Just in time for World Wetlands Day, this week Indiana residents and concerned Audubon members and experts from across the state gathered at the Indiana Statehouse to advocate for expanded access for renewable energy and protections for Indiana’s wetlands and other precious natural resources to protect birds, other wildlife and people. 

More than 20 Audubon members and policy experts met with nearly 50 elected officials – including Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch – to share the important role that both wetlands and renewable energy play in reducing carbon emissions, contributing to economic growth, and ensuring that birds have healthy places to rest and nest. The day also included a speaking program, headlined by Rep. Mike Speedy (IN-R-90), who shared the importance of commonsense market-driven clean energy policies. Check out one of the local news stories and learn more about this important work.Learn more
Credit: Luke Frank/National Audubon Society
Oneida Nation Wetland
Celebrate World Wetlands Day by Taking a Tour of Wisconsin’s Wetlands
In celebration of World Wetlands Day today, let’s take a tour of a few of Wisconsin’s wetlands and dive into the benefits they provide to birds, other wildlife and people. Take a tour and learn more about Bibon Swamp, the Onedia Nation and Allouez Bay in Superior.
Waterfowl take flight on Oneida Nation's restored wetlands. Credit: Lia Bocchiaro
Great Backyard Bird Count
Get Involved in the Great Backyard Bird Count
Calling all community scientists—Audubon’s 26th annual Great Backyard Bird Count starts Feb 17! Whether you’re a budding birdwatcher or a bird-count veteran, you can use your ID skills to help scientists protect birds and the places they need.  All you need is a willingness to learn and at least 15 minutes of observing birds from anywhere to report what you see to the Great Backyard Bird Count. This community science project provides Audubon and other leading ornithology groups with an annual snapshot of the state of birds across the world, as well as longitudinal data that shows trend lines over time. #GBBC
Red-headed Woodpecker. Photo: Kathleen Johnston/Audubon Photography Awards
Audubon Photography Awards
Submit Your Photos for the Audubon Photography Awards
Calling all Great Lakes photo and video enthusiasts! You’re wild about birds and your camera. Now combine your passions by entering the 2023 Audubon Photography Awards. Once again we’ll feature our two newest categories: a video category and a female bird category. You could win a cash prize or, if you’re our Youth winner, a special trip that will help you become an even better birder or bird photographer. Winning photos will be published in future issues of Audubon magazine. The Entry Period is from January 11, 2023–March 1, 2023 at 12 pm ET.

If you have not had a chance to see last years video winners, check out this fantastic footage of birds in the wild, and discover the backstory behind each video.
Audubon Photography Awards
Visit our Nature Centers
Grange Insurance Audubon Center
Grange Insurance Audubon Center
The Grange Insurance Audubon Center offers engaging, hands-on activities and opportunities for people of all ages to connect with nature in the heart of downtown Columbus. Check out the Native Plant Backyard Challenge, Birdhouse Competition and explore Art at Audubon or join a winter lantern walk when you visit the Center!  Read more
Grange Insurance Audubon Center
Aullwood Farm and Nature Center
Aullwood Farm and Nature Center
Aullwood Audubon is proud to host “The Troll That Hatched an Egg”, an exhibit from the internationally renowned recycle artist Thomas Dambo! If you haven’t see it, there is still time to see Bo, Bodil, Bibbi and their troll-sized bird nest that come to life at Aullwood and are ready for your visit.  Or bring your binoculars and delight in a weekly walk along Aullwood’s trails spotting birds and exploring the seasonal changes . Learn more
Aullwood Farm and Nature Center
Northern Cardinal and Tufted Titmouse, Milford, Michigan.
The Bird Migration Explorer is Available on Mobile
The National Audubon Society launched the Bird Migration Explorer tool just a few months ago, and now its maps are available on mobile devices! Be sure to dive in to the Explorer to find out more about bird in your backyard and across the Great Lakes. 
Northern Cardinal and Tufted Titmouse, Milford, Michigan. Ewa Golebiowska/Audubon Photography Awards
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