home > projects > discover our wild side > byways to flyways

Discover Our
Wild Side

Nature Tourism Event Calendar

Submit Your Event

Byways to Flyways Birding Guide

Visitor Information

About the Nature Tourism Initiative





BtF Button

HWT button

ERCA button


Discover Our Wild Side

Byways to Flyways
A Driving Tour of Featured Birding Locations in the
Windsor-Detroit Metropolitan Region

Experience World Class Birding Right in Our 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.  And, 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 Birdingopportunities – 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.

Discover Our Wild Side – Download Byways to Flyways
To download the Byways to Flyways guide to featured birding sites in the Windsor-Detroit metropolitan area, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader.

>> Download Byways to Flyways (33.1 MB), or click on a map image below.

Byways to Flyways front

Byways to Flyways Site Descriptions

Site Locations (9.06 MB)

Site Descriptions (24.0 MB)

For hard copies, send an e-mail request to the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance at iwr_alliance@yahoo.com (e-mail).

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 FoundationMetropolitan Affairs Coalition and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with a variety of local organizations, contributed to the project. 



© 2012 Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC)