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*OGL andPartners Collaborate on Binational State of the Strait Conference
*Conference to Highlight Urban Birds in St. Clair-Detroit River System

Eagle2- MDOT Photo TeamThe 2017 State of the Strait conference, to be held at the Detroit Zoo,will highlight urban birds this November 9. The biennial conference calls attention to natural resource management issues shared by the U.S. Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces along the St. Clair-Detroit River System.

The agenda [ http://web2.uwindsor.ca/softs/reports/SoS_Urban_Bird_Summit_2017_Program.pdf ] for the conference, titled, Urban Bird Summit: Status, Trends and Risks to Species that Call the Corridor Home, will highlight current opportunities and threats regarding Great Lakes waterbirds, songbirds, and raptors.

Millions of birds rely on the St. Clair-Detroit Corridor for a migration route, nesting territory, and habitat. The region was identified by the National Audubon Society [ http://www.audubon.org/ ] as a State Important Bird Area. These birds play an important role in regional ecotourism, attracting birders as part of a more than $40 billion national industry.

The Office of the Great Lakes is a partner and sponsor of this years State of the Strait conference, along with the Detroit Zoological Society and Metro Detroit Nature Network.

Birds and other wildlife are important indicators of Great Lakes health, said Jon W. Allan, Director of Michigans Office of the Great Lakes. Our work to protect and restore the Great Lakes benefits bird species, regional fish and wildlife, and waterfront communities.

Find more information on the conference at web2.uwindsor.ca/softs/.

Learn more about how the Office of the Great Lakes works to support Great Lakes communities and resources by visiting www.michigan.gov/deqogl [ http://www.michigan.gov/deqogl ] or by contacting Michelle Selzer at selzerm@michigan.gov.

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