Birds, Fish and Plants

A Selection of Species in Michigan and the Great Lakes

There are many unique and interesting birds, fish and plants found in Michigan and throughout the region that are integral to the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. Here we offer profiles, information and pictures of some of those species.

However, this is not a comprehensive collection — note that the species presented here are a representative sample of the many native and invasive species of fish, birds and plants found in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

  • Birds — Find out which coastal birds are rare to see and the habitats they prefer.
  • Fish — Learn about some of the 160 species of freshwater fish.
  • Plants — Some of the toughest plants survive the harshest environments along Michigan’s coasts, islands and other areas in the Great Lakes region.