Berrien County Birding Destinations map now available

A map including descriptions of popular and productive locations to view birds among Berrien County’s diverse upland, woodland and Lake Michigan shoreline habitats is now available.

\Berrien County, Michigan has a long history as a birding area due to the diversity of bird species. Residents, tourists and school groups will be able to enjoy and learn about and birds with this resource. According to a 2006 survey conducted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, millions of Americans enjoy viewing, feeding, and providing habitat for wildlife. As well, the economic value of wildlife viewing is estimated at $2.6 million in Michigan.

The map is the result of collaborative efforts by the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, Berrien County Parks, Berrien Birding Club, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, Michigan State University Extension, Sarett Nature Center, Berrien Community Foundation, The Pokagon Fund, Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the David and Joyce Stewart Fund of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation in honor of Mr. James and Mrs. Jenette Mullins.

To obtain a map by mail, contact the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council at 269-925-6301, or email; you can also visit the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council website.

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