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Birding in Michigan

Where to Go Birding in Michigan

Alphabetical list of Michigan Counties
Alphabetical list of Michigan Hotspots
Top Birding Locations in Michigan
Michigan Notable Bird Sightings

Explore Michigan in eBird

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Michigan Statewide Bar Charts
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Illustrated Checklist
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Top Michigan eBirders
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My eBird Michigan links
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Needs Alert (birds you have not seen in Michigan)
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Top Birding Locations in Michigan

Whitefish Point
Shiawassee NWR–Wildlife Drive
Tawas Point SP
Pte. Mouillee SGA
Lake St. Clair Metropark (Metro Beach Metropark)
Muskegon Wastewater System
Tiscornia Park
Belle Isle
Nayanquing Point SWA
Fish Point SWA
Seney NWR
Bay City SRA
Shiawassee NWR–Ferguson Bayou Trail
Erie Marsh Preserve (Gun Club)
Peninsula Point
Crosswinds Marsh
Lake Erie Metropark
Maple River SGA (Gratiot Co.)
Warren Dunes SP
Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area


Books on Birding in Michigan
Birds of North America
Alpha Codes (4-letter)
Code of Birding Ethics

Websites about Birding in Michigan

Beaver Island Birding Trail
Saginaw Bay Birding Trail
Sleeping Bear Birding Trail
Sunrise Coast Birding Trail
Superior Birding Trail

Other Web Sites About Michigan

National Park Service: Michigan
Michigan DNR: Wildlife Viewing Guide
Michigan State Parks & Trails
Michigan Harbors
Michigan State Forest Campgrounds
Michigan State Wildlife & Game Areas
The Nature Conservancy: Michigan
Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance
Michigan’s Great Lakes Water Trails
The Land Trust Alliance: Michigan

eBird is a real-time, online checklist program which has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Jointly sponsored by the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University and the National Audubon Society, eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution.

Finding Birding Locations in Michigan

This website provides descriptions and maps of eBird Hotspots in Michigan. In eBird, Hotspots are shared locations where birders may report their bird sightings to eBird. Hotspots provide birders with information about birding locations where birds are being seen.

Hotspots are organized by county. If you know the county of a location, click on the county name in the Alphabetical list of Michigan Counties to access information about birds and all the eBird hotspots in that county.

If you do not know the county, select a hotspot from the Alphabetical list of Michigan Hotspots.
Or use the “magnifying glass” search icon on the upper right to find a hotspot. Enter all or part of a hotspot name.

Click on “Show State List” to select Notable Sightings in a different state

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Thanks to Ken Andrews for designing Notable Sightings