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.

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Join the 40th Annual Winter Feeder Survey!

Do you love to watch the birds at your feeders over the winter months?  Bird enthusiasts of all experience levels are invited to join the 40th annual Winter Feeder Survey! 
A joint project between the Kalamazoo Nature Center and Michigan Audubon Society, the Winter Feeder Survey depends on citizen scientists from across Michigan, who provide valuable research. Simply observing and recording what birds visit your feeders provides information about bird population trends. The more feeders we watch, the more accurate the results.  KNC supplies everything you need to get started with your count! Surveys begin in November and run through April.

 If you would like to participate in this important statewide project, contact John Brenneman at (269) 381-1574 ext. 30 or  brenneman@naturecenter.org.  
                                                                           


Conservation Stewardship at KNC

Great Lakes Ecological Management

Great Lakes Ecological Management

The Ecological Management and Services team is a service of the Kalamazoo Nature Center designed to work with private and public landowners. Visit KNC's Ecological Management Services website.

Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory

Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory

The Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory (KVBO) has been using bird banding 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, for over thirty years.  Visit the KVBO here.

Michigan Butterfly Network

Michigan Butterfly Network

The Michigan Butterfly Network seeks to assess the changing population status of our state’s butterfly species, evaluate the quality of Michigan ecosystems, and engage the Michigan public in significant citizen science research.  Visit the Michigan Butterfly Network here.

Citizen Science

Citizen Science

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

Heronwood Field Station

Heronwood Field Station

KNC's 
Heronwood Field Station is the home to several projects and programs. With fully equipped laboratories, a GIS station, and plenty of room for projects, Heronwood is an ideal place to work with high school students, college students, and graduates on a wide variety of research projects. Visit Heronwood Field Station's website for details.

Michigan Breeding Bird Atlas II

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 Here or purchased at the Kalamazoo Nature Center

Research & Publications

Research

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

Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition

Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition

The 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 that mitigate the effects of climate change, dissemination of climate resources, and empowerment of community members to take action. Visit the KCCC here.

Invasive Species Managment & BCK CISMA

Invasive Species Management

A new effort is underway in our area, thanks to a recent grant award from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. A Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) has recently been formed for Barry, Calhoun, and Kalamazoo (BCK) Counties. The BCK CISMA was formed as a part of a statewide effort for more effective management of and education about invasive plants and animals through regional community-based collaborations. Learn more about invasive species and how to report them here.

Urban Nature Park

Urban Nature Park

The Urban Nature Park (UNP) is a 4-acre green space in downtown Kalamazoo running along the Portage Creek and Michigan Avenue.  The Kalamazoo Nature Center is working to build green space in downtown Kalamazoo.  A former Brownfield site, the UNP will be a space with trails, picnic areas, and native plantings. Learn more here.


     
Kalamazoo Nature Center  •  7000 North Westnedge Avenue  •  Kalamazoo, MI 49009
PHONE (269) 381-1574  •  FAX (269) 381-2557 

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Contact Conservation Stewardship

Contact Us!

Sarah Reding
VP of Conservation Stewardship
(269) 381-1574 ext. 17
sreding@naturecenter.org

Ashley Wick
Biological Research Director
(269) 381-1574 ext. 

awick@naturecenter.org