Under cover of grasses, reeds, and rushes, “secretive” marsh birds go about their lives, often unbeknownst to us. Marshes can be mysterious places, but countless birds and wildlife need them to thrive. Unfortunately, many marsh bird species have declined with the disappearance of the wetlands that they need in Michigan and across the Great Lakes region. Over 60% of Great Lakes wetlands have been lost, including 79% of Kalamazoo wetlands. Audubon Great Lakes, MI Birds, and Ottawa County Parks and Recreation are working together to help restore habitat and monitor marsh birds in priority areas, like the nearby Grand River Coastal Corridor, which is part of a globally recognized Audubon Important Bird Area. See Erin Rowan and her excellent bird photos to learn more about these incredible birds, the efforts underway to conserve them, and how you can get involved.