Contact Conservation Stewardship

Sarah Reding
VP of Conservation Stewardship
(269) 381-1574 ext. 17


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 Here or purchased at the Kalamazoo Nature Center

Have a Question?
We receive calls and emails with a wide variety of questions. The questions range from, help with identifying sightings, projects we are currently involved with, to just general inquiries about the natural world. Please feel free to call us at (269) 381-1574 and we will connect you with an expert that can help. If you have an identification question, emailing us a picture is always very helpful!  Email Kyle at

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 The Conservation Stewardship Department

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. Our biologists consult with a wide range of business, homeowners, and government agencies.

2014 NABA/MiBN Count Day 
July 12th of this year marked the 2nd annual North American Butterfly Association (NABA)/ Michigan Butterfly Network (MiBN) butterfly count. We had 17 participants and surveyed 12 different locations. Evan though the weather was rather poor for butterflies, we counted over 400 individuals and 45 species! For a summary and full results for 2014 and 2013, head over to the Forum Page of the Michigan Butterfly Network by Clicking Here 

Citizen Science

The Kalamazoo Nature Center prides itself for being able to conduct valuable scientific research in an array of projects. However, this would not be possible without our many loyal citizen science volunteers. These volunteers help collect, process, and enter valuable data that is used throughout the country. Citizen scientists care for the environment and want to participate in a way that helps us better understand and care for the natural world. There are several different projects to become involved with, with many different levels of commitment available. All levels of experience
 and all ages have a place on our team. 
Visit Citizen Science Here

MI Butterfly Network


The Michigan Butterfly Network (MiBN) is a program of the Kalamazoo Nature Center that seeks to assess the changing population status of our state’s butterfly species and evaluate the quality of Michigan ecosystems while engaging the public in significant citizen science research. Currently, the MiBN is represented in many geographic locations throughout Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and Metro Detroit.
Visit MiBN's Website Here

Research and Publications

Research is a cornerstone of the The Kalamazoo Nature Center. Our staff have been involved with several different research projects including everything from tick research, bird research, to butterfly work. In conjunction with several partner organisations, they have contributed to many publications. View some of their work

Ecological Management

The Ecological Management and Services team can help with land management projects of any size, from helping you develop a plan all the way through monitoring the results afterwards.
Visit Ecological Management and Services Here.


The Heronwood Field Station is a 5000 square foot home that was generously donated to the Kalamazoo Nature Center and converted into ecological field station. The field station sits on over 60 acres of Oak forest with wetlands and a large pond. The station is equipped with an office, laboratory, computer lab with a GIS station as well as learning, meeting, and research spaces. Heronwood Field Station is founded on the three pillars of Ecology, Research, and Education.The field station is home to the first field biology Education For Employment programs in the State, and will be used for several different research projects for college and high school students and graduates.
Visit the Heronwood's Page Here

Bird Observatory


The Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory is the new name for our long-running bird banding program and our many avian research projects.
Visit KVBO here.

Climate Change Coalition

Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition

The Kalamazoo Climate Coalition is comprised of our community's citizens, organizations, and institutions who are committed to addressing climate change on a local scale through the coordination of projects that will mitigate the effects of climate change, by disseminating climate resources, and empowering community members to take action. View the KCCC page here and like us on Facebook 

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Kalamazoo Nature Center  •  7000 North Westnedge Avenue  •  Kalamazoo, MI 49009
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