RRBO celebrates 20 years of bird research!
January 2012
Our mission
The 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 science-based conservation.
Rouge River Bird Observatory
Environmental Interpretive Cntr.
Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn
Dearborn, Michigan 48128


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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.

Here are just a few of our major accomplishments: 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 page!
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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The Rouge River Bird Observatory is supported entirely outside the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Environmental Interpretive Center budgets by private donors, foundations, community groups, and grants.


The most valuable ecological research requires a long-term commitment to data-gathering.    


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