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Conservation Stewardship

The Conservation Stewardship Department works with the community to enhance their property for wildlife habitat. We encourage environmental awareness and stewardship and provide the education, resources, and assistance necessary to improve ecological systems in Southwest Michigan.

Bird Banding

Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory

The Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory (KVBO) has been using bird banding in their research for more than thirty years. Bird banding serves as a tool to help better understand migration patterns, longevity, dispersal, and stopover of both breeding and migrating birds at our two locations, the Kalamazoo Nature Center and Pitsfield Station.

> VISIT THE KVBO HERE

 

Michigan lily is a protected species

Ecological Services

The Ecolocical Management and Services team is a service of the Kalamazoo Nature Center designed to work with private and public landowners. From pre-project data collection to post-project monitoring, the team provides all levels of ecological management. 

> LEARN MORE HERE

 

Monarch tagging

Michigan Butterfly Network

The Michigan Butterfly Network (MIBN) seeks to assess the changing population status of our state’s butterfly species, and evaluate the quality of Michigan ecosystems. Through the MIBN there are numerous oppotunities to engage the Michigan public in significant citizen science research including projects, data collection and reporting, workshops and field trips.

> ViISIT THE MIBN HERE

 

Volunteers help with invasive species removal

Invasive Species Management & BCK CISMA

A new effort is underway in our area to provide more effective management and education about invasive plants and animals through regional community-based collaboration.,  A Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA)  for Barry, Calhoun, and Kalamazoo (BCK) Counties, the BCK CISMA was formed as a part of a statewide effort.

> LEARN MORE AND REPORT INVASIVE SPECIES

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Climate

Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition is a group of representatives from over 40 organizations, businesses, and institutions. The KCCC is committed to addressing climate change at a local level through the coordination of projects, sharing of climate resources, and providing opportunities for community members to take action to mitigate the effects of climate change . 

> VISIT THE KCCC HERE

 

Nest box monitoring of Eastern bluebord

Citizen Science

Citizen Science is the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public. Here at the Kalamazoo Nature Center we offer a wide variety of scientific projects that volunteers can become involved in, typically working with professional scientists. We welcome groups and individuals of all ages and experience levels to join us in our conservation efforts. 

> LEARN MORE HERE

 

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Research & Publications

Research has long been a cornerstone of the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Our dedicated staff have been involved with several different research projects including everything from tick research, bird research and long-term avain monitoring, to imperiled butterfly work. Working in conjunction with several partner organizations, they have contributed to many publications.

> VISIT THE RESEARCH LIBRARY

 

MBBAII

Michigan Breeding Bird Atlas II

The Michigan Breeding Bird Atlas is your source for information on the birds of Michigan. The book includes accounts of all species that breed within the state, as well as limited information about selected others observed in the state. The book can be viewed as a pdf below or purchased as a full color hard cover publication at the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

<VIEW THE PDF HERE

 

 

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