Audubon Great Lakes
Monthly Newsletter November, 2022
Ducks Unlimited
Proposed Investment in Wetlands Conservation Aims to Reduce Great Lakes Algal Blooms in Southeast Michigan
Last week Audubon Great Lakes joined Ducks Unlimited, Michigan United Conservation Clubs and legislators at Pointe Mouillee State Game Area near Monroe, MI to propose a $30 million investment in wetlands to to reduce harmful algal blooms getting into the Great Lakes, reduce flooding, and provide habitat for fish and wildlife. Wetlands play a major role in maintaining Michigan’s water quality, serving as natural water purifiers for our communities to keep the water in inland lakes and streams clean, and can store a massive amount of water during heavy rains. A newly released study shows Great Lakes algal blooms in southeast Michigan are crippling economies and recreational opportunities.Read more
More managed wetlands, such as Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, would help reduce the effects of algal blooms on Lake Erie. Photo credit: Ducks Unlimited
Cerulean Warbler, female. Melina Cronin/Audubon Photography Awards
How Will Climate Change Affect Birds in National Wildlife Refuges Across the Great Lakes Region?
National wildlife refuges are sanctuaries for the birds we love across the Great Lakes, but climate change is threatening to push many birds out of these spaces. An Audubon study shows how a warming climate affects birds in wildlife refuges and if left unchecked, warming temperatures and increased climate threats could affect environmental conditions for half of the birds throughout all of the system’s refuges. Learn more about the 34 refuges in the Great Lakes region by state here
Cerulean Warbler, female. Melina Cronin/Audubon Photography Awards
Bald Eagle. Venu Challa/Audubon Photography Awards
Save the Date: Election Debrief with Audubon Great Lakes
There are many state and local elections happening this year that will have a big impact on birds and communities around the Great Lakes. Join Audubon chapters and members for an election debrief with Audubon Great Lakes’ policy team. Policy experts will unpack what election results mean at the state and federal level and provide important updates on what we are working on to protect birds and the places they need. RSVP today! 

RSVP: Indiana Election Debrief
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM ET

RSVP: Michigan Election Debrief 
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM ET

RSVP: Wisconsin Election Debrief
Thursday, November 17, 2022 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM CT
Venu Challa/Audubon Photography Awards
Audubon Habitat Restoration Intern Miguel Hernandez. Photo: Tarik Shahzad.
Building The Next Generation of Conservation Leaders
This summer, six Audubon Great Lakes’ Habitat Restoration Interns spent Chicago’s warmest days learning about conservation and restoration, and putting their newfound knowledge to work by restoring bird habitat on the city’s southwest side. For 16 weeks each summer, interns are out on Forest Preserves of Cook County and Chicago Park District land, learning about and helping to manage and restore the coastal wetlands and grasslands that birds need. Significant progress was made to remove invasive vegetation and re-introduced native plants and seeds to create a more diverse ecosystem. They took courses to learn proper methods and techniques and receive certification to assist them in their future careers.  Since launching in 2014, 80 percent of Restoration Interns have moved into jobs in environmental and conservation-related fields. 

This year, Habitat Restoration Interns helped restore Chicago’s natural areas for the benefit of birds and people with a big impact including 113+ acres of natural areas enhanced or restored, 1,200+ hours of ecological restoration, 260+ hours of field-based trainings and certifications and 500+ pounds of Invasive plants/plant material removed! 
Audubon Habitat Restoration Intern Miguel Hernandez. Photo: Tarik Shahzad.
Jennifer Johnson, Audubon's Wild Indigo Program Associate read the story, “We Planted a Tree,” by Diane Muldrow, and facilitated discussions with the classes about the structure and makeup of a tree.. Photo: Bethune Early Childhood Development Center
Preschoolers Learn STEM through Tree Planting Initiative
As part Audubon Great Lakes Little Calumet Marsh Restoration project, Audubon’s Wild Indigo team visited 170 preschool students at Bethune Early Childhood Development Center, for an educational program using art and reading to learn about the importance and benefits of trees. Students participated in a tree planting, installed by Student Conservation Association and the restoration was coordinated by The Wetland Initiative. 
Jennifer Johnson, Audubon's Wild Indigo Program Associate read the story, “We Planted a Tree,” by Diane Muldrow, and facilitated discussions with the classes about the structure and makeup of a tree.. Photo: Bethune Early Childhood Development Center
Get Involved
Kimberly Cerimele/Audubon Photography Awards
Birds Can't Vote, But You Can
The best way to protect birds and the places they need is to make sure you vote this fall. In addition to federal races, state and local elections happening nationwide will have a big impact on our communities and our birds. Join us and bird lovers across the Great Lakes region and sign the pledge to vote. #BirdsTellUs Pledge to Vote
Kimberly Cerimele/Audubon Photography Awards
Vote Yes
Vote Yes for Clean Air, Water and Wildlife
The Cook County Forest Preserve in the Chicagoland region is critical to reducing flooding and pollution in our communities. The 70,000+ acres of public land also provide space for birds and people to enjoy nature! #VoteYesForestPreserves on Nov. 8 to protect clean air, clean water, & wildlife.
  Learn more
American Goldfinch nibbling on bergamot seeds. Photo: Ross Frid/Alamy
Help Birds This Fall in Your Yard
Save the seeds. Leave the leaves. Build a brush pile. Hit the nursery. These are just a few things you can do this autumn to make your backyard a welcoming winter haven for birds. Learn how a manicured lawn might look nice, but messy is better for birds and bugs.
 
American Goldfinch nibbling on bergamot seeds. Photo: Ross Frid/Alamy
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