Metro Detroit Nature Network

Beginning as a workshop hosted on UM-Dearborn's campus by the Environmental Interpretive Center in May 2015, the Metro Detroit Nature Network (MDNN) has over 36 organizations signed on to its partnership agreement.  For more information on how to join MDNN, see Membership Information.

Our vision is that all people in the metropolitan Detroit region have access to and actively steward nature and promote ecosystem sustainability.

One of the first projects of the Network was to create a Metro Detroit Bird Agenda, put together by Erin Rowan (Detroit Audubon), Terra Wieland (Detroit Audubon), Tom Schneider (Detroit Zoological Society), and John Hartig (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service retired).  

Thanks to the work of the MDNN, on May 22nd, Detroit became the 27th city in the nation to sign an Urban Bird Treaty with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  This designation opens up new avenues to the network in addition to providing exciting opportunities for citizen science and the hope for better protections for migratory and resident birds.


MDNN was featured recently in an article regarding citizen science.

Office of Metropolitan Impact

Suite 1100, First Floor - Ford Collaboratory
Mardigian Library (ML)
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