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Rouge River Bird Observatory – UM-Dearborn


The Rouge River Bird Observatory is the donor-funded bird research program of the Natural Areas Department at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The campus includes a 300 acre Natural Area that is an oasis of green in a heavily urbanized landscape. Its diverse habitats — riparian, floodplain, climax beech-maple forest, and secondary succession — surrounded by extensive urban development, make an extraordinary living laboratory. It offers the incredibly unique opportunity to explore an understudied, yet increasingly important area in ornithology: the importance of urban natural areas to resident, migrant, and breeding birds.

Banding takes place weekdays August 15 to November 5. Volunteers may be trained during the fall season and typically contribute two days per week to the program.

Contact Information

Julie Craves

Environmental Interpretive Center
Dearborn, MI 48128-1491

Phone: (313) 583-6373
E-mail: jcraves@umich.edu

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The program is primarily a(n):

Research Program

Program End Date


Sponsoring Service Unit(s)

University of Michigan – Dearborn

Sponsoring Department(s)

Environmental Interpretive Center

Program Available to these Counties

Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw, Wayne

Program Available to these Cities

Ann Arbor

Subject Area(s)

Continuing & Community, Early Childhood and Elementary (pre-6), Education: Higher Ed, Environmental, Middle and High School (7-12), Science & Research