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96 Kellogg Bird Sanctuary Southern Lower Peninsula

wildlife viewing  |  directions and facility information

pair of swans nature trail geese
Photo: swans, David Kenyon, MI DNR; site photos: © Phil Seng


The largest species of waterfowl in Michigan is the trumpeter swan. Although it had vanished from the state, citizen contributions to the non-game program have been used to reintroduce this graceful, elegant bird to our skies and waters. Photo: David Kenyon, MI DNR

In the 1920s this area consisted of highly eroded cropland, but it has since been restored to include woodlands, brushy areas, prairie, wetlands, and a lake. The resource center, most of the trails, and the lakefront are barrier free. This sanctuary, which is a unit of the Kellogg Biological Station of Michigan State University, is open seven days a week.


Wildlife Viewing

The outstanding feature of this site is the number and variety of waterfowl that can be seen. Hundreds of ducks, geese, and swans make this site their year-round home, with thousands more spending part of their year here. During October and November, you may see more than 20 different kinds of waterfowl on Wintergreen Lake as they stop to feed and rest on their long journey south. There is an excellent chance of seeing the threatened trumpeter swan here year round.

swans in flight
Photo: David Kenyon, MI DNR

The trumpeter is Michiganís largest native waterfowl species. Males may weigh as much as 38 pounds and have wingspans of nearly 8 feet! Kellogg also is a good area to see songbirds during the spring migration. A flock of more than 100 black ducks spends the winter here, taking advantage of the open water on Wintergreen Lake. A great blue heron rookery is visible from the trail.



From Battle Creek, take M-89 west to 40th Street. Turn right (north) and travel one mile to C. Avenue. Turn left (west) onto C Avenue. Entrance is the first driveway on the right (north) side of the road. From Kalamazoo, take M-43 to Richland. Take M-89 east to 40th Street, turn left and go one mile to C. Avenue. Turn left on to C. Avenue to the entrance.

Ownership: Michigan State University (269) 671-2510

Size: 3,600 acres

Closest Town: Hickory Corners

Weather and Driving Directions for Hickory Corners

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