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. Much of the work performed by the Conservation Stewardship Department would not be possible without the help of volunteers and citizen scientists, if any of the projects below interest you, please follow their respective contact links to get involved. 

Coming up next:

Caterpillars Count! - A Citizen Science Workshop for Educators
Friday, June 1; 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

 Location: Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 North Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Cost: FREE  Space is limited, please register here. Applications will be accepted until ​May 25, 2018​

Looking for a new way to engage your students or visitors in hands-on science learning and contribute valuable information to local research about insects and birds? Become a Caterpillars Count! citizen scientist! Caterpillars and other insects live on the trees and plants all around us. They make up a critical part of many ecosystems and are an important food source for birds and other organisms. In this workshop, we'll introduce you to Caterpillars Count!, a new citizen science project designed by biologists from the University of North Carolina, and show you how you can become a part of research linking birds to their insect food sources on trees. Learn how to conduct surveys of insects with your students/visitors, monitor changes in the abundance and type of insects present over time, and report your data using our free mobile app. We'll also introduce sample learning activities and the Caterpillars Count! website, where you can explore the data collected by your group with others from around the state. This workshop is open to and designed for both formal (grades 6-12) and non-formal educators. Each participant will receive a handbook of instructional materials and sample learning activities. Lunch provided.

Questions about the workshop?  Contact Sarah Yelton, Caterpillars Count! Project Coordinator: ​sarah.yelton@unc.edu

Questions about registration?  Contact Jennifer Tagett, Kalamazoo Nature Center:  ​jtagett@naturecenter.org


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.



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. 



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.



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.


image of climate change


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 . 



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. 



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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.




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.




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