For migratory birds, stopover sites provide essential food resources during a part of the life-cycle when at least some species suffer relatively high mortality. Stopover habitat has been neglected in many conservation efforts to protect migratory birds, in part because habitats are used for a short time and use can vary depending on many factors that are independent of the characteristics of the site, such as weather conditions during migration. This short and variable window of habitat use makes the process of identifying important areas to protect very challenging.
Sharing information resources on coastal wetlands helps foster collaborative and more strategic conservation efforts.
There are many existing partnerships, plans, reports, training materials, decision tools and other valuable information resources that can help inform strategic decision making to protect and restore Great Lakes coastal wetlands. On this page we bring these information resources together with brief descriptions and direct links to help you quickly find those resources that meet your individual needs.