Sunday, August 15, 2010
Map of Bird and Wildlife Refuges on the Detroit River
An ore boat loaded with iron ore from Lake Superior passes manufacturing plants along the Detroit River. Other freighters carrying grain and manufactured goods head for their home ports that could be any place in the world since the outlet of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River is the Atlantic Ocean.
The peregrine falcon lands on Grassy Island in the Detroit River, 18 miles from the outlet of Lake St. Clair. Grassy Isand is a favorite resting spot for migrating birds. She snatches a weary Blackburnian warbler with bright orange and black plumage in her talons. This is one of many refuges for birds. Large cities near Lake Erie have not discouraged wildlife from following the patterns they have followed for thousands of years. With its shallow, warm waters and abundant wetlands, Lake Eries fish and wildlife still find an environment with abundant food and shelter.