Byways to Flyways

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A Driving Tour of Birding Locations in the Windsor-Detroit Metropolitan Region. 

Discover Our Wild Side 

Experience World Class Birding Opportunities in Our Own Backyard!   

Well-recognized for the diversity of habitat and wildlife found along the Detroit River and western Lake Erie, the Windsor-Detroit metro area offers exceptional opportunities for birding enthusiasts. At the intersection of two major flyways, over 350 species of birds have been recorded in this region.  Many of the best places to spot them are within a short drive from home, virtually right in our backyard. 
Byways to Flyways features detailed descriptions of 27 sites across the Windsor-Detroit metro area known for their birding opportunities – including eight Important Birding Areas, providing both novice and expert birders the best times of the year to see some of our region’s most notable feathered friends – the waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and songbirds that call this region home or pass through as part of their annual migration. 
For hard copies, contact the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance



Byways to Flyways is a project of the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance under the leadership of Michigan Sea Grant, and was made possible through funding from the Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc. Pathways to Nature Conservation Fund, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.  Metropolitan Affairs Coalition and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with a variety of local organizations, contributed to the project.