Saving Birds Thru Habitat (SBTH), a nonprofit and one of the premier bird conservation organizations in the country, is now the managing partner of the Sleeping Bear Birding Trail website. This important development was sanctioned by Saving Bird’s board of directors by unanimous vote, at the end of January, 2021. The merger brings new resources to the Sleeping Bear Birding Trail website and introduces its visitors to the valuable bird conservation work of Saving Birds Thru Habitat. Joining the interests of birding enthusiasts with those engaged in improving birds’ vital habitat just felt right for both sides.
Saving Birds Thru Habitat is based in Omena, Michigan, near highway M-22 which is the connecting route of the Sleeping Bear Birding Trail. Its slogan “Helping to improve habitat for migrating birds one backyard at a time” gets to the heart of its conservation message that native plants are critical to protecting and improving the habitat for many of our favorite song birds. Most simply, native plants mean native bugs and that equals healthy bird populations.
Adopting the Trail and managing its content gives SBTH another platform for spreading its conservation message to birders who have yet to learn of this critical conservation principal: native plants are a key to future survival of many neo-tropical birds and other song birds threatened by the loss of vital habitat. Birders will also learn about the programs and educational material produced by SBTH at its Habitat Discovery Center near Omena.
The Sleeping Bear Birding Trail website has been dormant, but that is about to change. Our blog entries will begin again in a few weeks and remain fresh throughout the year thanks to our new ‘Blog Team’ of top flight Michigan birders reporting their observations along the entire length of the Trail. Check in often for up to date reports on birding in Michigan’s northwest Lower Peninsula and for additional information and programing from Saving Birds Thru Habitat such as the Leelanau Bird Festival tentatively scheduled for June 2022.