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Michigan State Bird Observatory

Migratory birds instill passion and inspire people of all ages across the globe. Their epic journeys connect people, ecosystems, and nations. Yet, in the last 50 years, we have lost an estimated 3 billion birds in North America. Most of these species are migratory and one source of their decline is the loss and degradation of the habitat they rely on during migration.

At Michigan State Bird Observatory, we monitor the 100+ species of landbirds that pass through mid-Michigan on their migratory journey and conduct research on the health of birds in relation to a constantly changing environment. Michigan State Bird Observatory (MSBO) is a living laboratory that connects thousands of people of all ages to nature through the beauty and wonder of migratory birds.

An anonymous volunteer generously offered a $2,500 matching gift to help. Will you join us and have your gift make double the impact?

A Bird’s Eye View

The important work taking place at MSBO continues to inspire, train, and educate people of all ages by connecting them to nature through the wonder and beauty of migratory birds. We are still dedicated to engaging with our community and have developed ways to provide the same exceptional experiences in a virtual setting that will only serve to make what we do more accessible to everyone.

We are calling on our community for their continued support. Each fall field season our team is responsible for monitoring the population and health of 4,000 migratory birds of up to 90 species and hosting over 1,500 visitors. We need your help to continue MSBO’s impactful work of research, training, and educational programming.

Your Support Will Make a Difference

Each gift will promote MSBO’s mission allowing our organization to support additional programming for the community and school groups, increase the number of birds monitored, while continuing to solve pressing issues surrounding the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats through MSBO’s research. Your gift to MSBO will have a direct impact in supporting:

  • Field-based training of current and future wildlife professionals, including current MSU students in their research and field work
  • Our understanding of bird-habitat relationships and migratory patterns
  • Educating our local community of visitors from partnerships with school groups to retirement communities
  • Annual field costs of integrating avian research

When we support the important work to protect migratory birds, we also protect the habitats that sustain them and the other non-avian species dependent on the same habitats

Who We Are

Our team is composed of students, staff, faculty, and community volunteers who together work towards promoting the protection and conservation of migratory birds and their habitats led under the direction of MSU Associate Professor, Dr. Jen Owen.

Disclaimer: All birds are safely handled and released in compliance with federal and state regulations.

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 21OOPCF1MSBO” in the note section.


Remember the CARES Act has been extended for calendar year 2021 allowing taxpayers to take a charitable deduction of up to $300/$600 for those who take the standard deduction. As always, please consult your tax advisor/attorney for advice on your specific situation.

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