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Detroit River Hawk Watch Raptor Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

  • 8 people are interested

If you are a birder and want to put your skills to work, this volunteer position is for you! During the autumn months, the lower Detroit River becomes a corridor for the passage of migratory birds, and has gained international recognition for the annual volume of birds of prey. Hundreds of thousands of migrating hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures are concentrated at this location where it is possible to systematically count them each year. Detroit River Hawk Watch utilizes trained volunteers to conduct a standardized count of the fall migration of raptors at the lower Detroit River. Come out to the count site and learn the skills necessary to become a seasoned counter! Volunteers will be responsible for the entrance fee at Lake Erie Metropark ($10/day or $40/year) and will need to provide their own 8X or 10X binoculars. Position available September 1 - November 30, each year. Minors must be accompanied by a guardian.

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About Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge


5437 West Jefferson Ave., Trenton, MI 48183, US

Mission Statement

"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's mission is, working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people."


The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is located along the lower Detroit River and western shoreline of Lake Erie, just 20 miles south of Detroit and 50 miles north of Toledo, Ohio. Situated in a major metropolitan area, the refuge’s location is truly unique.


Animals, Environment


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32481 W Jefferson AveLake Erie Metro ParkBrownstown Charter Twp, MI 48173



  • Environmental Education
  • People Skills


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 12
  • Orientation or Training
  • 8-10 hours per week

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