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Monday, January 25 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Bird Conservation In The Great Lakes Region

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AUTHORS: Rebeccah Sanders*, National Audubon Society; Melanie Driscoll, National Audubon Society; Chris Canfield, National Audubon Society

ABSTRACT: Approximately 200 species of songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, marsh birds, and shorebirds migrate across the Great Lakes relying heavily on nearshore habitat to provide refuge along the way. The sheer size of the lakes present an initial hurdle in the fall and final hurdle in the spring for many of these long distance migrants. The loss and degradation of nearshore shrub lands, woodlands and wetlands that provide critical stopover habitat combined with emerging coastal threats such as the growing demand for wind energy, city lights, lakefront glass, and coastal development as well as climate change are putting the future of these species in serious jeopardy. With new threats emerging for Great Lakes birds, there is an opportunity to build on coastal restoration projects and utilize new tools to more effectively safeguard migratory species and target their regionally and internationally important stopover habitat. Audubon staff from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio are working together to empower their grassroots chapters and membership as well as regional partners to conserve migratory birds in the Great Lakes. National Audubon Society staff will present Audubon’s Great Lakes’ strategies that focus on: informing wind siting areas along the Great Lakes, developing policy for bird-friendly cities in ten coastal cities, and restoring areas identified as critical gaps in migratory stopover habitat. This presentation will be followed by a discussion that seeks to gather feedback on Audubon’s strategies from the Midwest Fish and Wildlife coalition. The discussion will also address any questions or concerns participants may have about issues related to Great Lakes birds.

Monday January 25, 2016 2:20pm - 2:40pm EST