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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. 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. 

 

Michigan lily is a protected species

Ecological Services

The Ecological 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

 

 

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

 

 

Nest box monitoring of Eastern bluebord

Citizen Science

Citizen science is a collaboration between professional scientists and any member of the general public who is interested in protecting our environment. Through volunteering as a Citizen Scientist, people of all ages, experience levels, and interests work to help gather different kinds of data about nature. 

> 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

 

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 opportunities to engage in significant citizen science research including projects, data collection and reporting, workshops and field trips.

> ViISIT THE MIBN HERE

Pest 2 Pesto

Pest 2 Pesto II

KNC’s newest cookbook features recipes using garlic mustard — an invasive, edible herb that has overtaken many woodland habitats. KNC’s first edition printed in 2006 and was distributed to more than 20 states through three printings. The purpose is to educate and draw attention to this invasive species in a fun, informative, and delicious way.

> LEARN MORE AND PURCHASE A COPY

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

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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

 

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