Rouge River Bird Observatory was established in 1992 to explore an
understudied area of research: the importance of urban natural areas to
birds. In our increasingly urbanizing world, habitat fragments in
metropolitan areas are coming critical to the survival of birds.
Understanding these ecosystems and how birds use them is essential for
River Bird Observatory
Environmental Interpretive Cntr.
Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn
Dearborn, Michigan 48128
In 1992, RRBO started out as a modest project to document birds in the
UM-Dearborn campus natural area. As we discovered what a rich abundance
and diversity of birds were using our area, we set out to become the
first full-time urban bird research observatory in the country.
work has been recognized in many media outlets, and in awards
including "Best Friend of the Rouge" in 2004 (Friends of the Rouge) and
"Conservation Organization of the Year" in 2005 (Detroit Audubon
In this, our 20th anniversary year, we'll revisit some of our
accomplishments and share our future plans with you.
Show your love of birds (and RRBO) with
these exclusive Facebook Timeline covers
If you are a Facebook user,
you may wish you had a cool photograph to use as a cover photo on your
timeline. For a limited time, newsletter subscribers will have
exclusive access to seven gorgeous bird photos from RRBO. Designed by
our bander and educator Sara
Cole, they are available at
this link. Here is a thumbnail of just one example:
While you're on
Facebook, don't forget to "like" RRBO's
We've grown a new leaf
Did you notice something
different about our logo? We added a third leaf to represent the
beginning of our third decade. The original logo is based on an image
on a copper ventilator cover in the powerhouse at Fair Lane, Henry
Ford's estate. Ford was a great bird lover and instrumental in bird
conservation. The University of Michigan-Dearborn is located on his
former property. Sara Cole also designed our new logo.
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Rouge River Bird Observatory is supported entirely outside the
University of Michigan-Dearborn and Environmental Interpretive Center
budgets by private donors, foundations, community groups,
most valuable ecological research requires a long-term commitment to
donations support bird banding, bird population monitoring, publishing
research, strategic planning and cooperative research, and community
is supported by YOU.
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