ford marsh /detroit river international wildlife refuge

The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge incorporates more than 5,700 acres along a 48-mile stretch of shoreline on the lower Detroit River and western Lake Erie. It is the only international wildlife refuge in North America and one of the few urban refuges in the United States. It is an important flyway for thousands of migrating birds, a habitat for bald eagles and a wide variety of mammals.  Biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have banded and monitored bald eagles and worked on plans to manage invasive species and enhance wildlife habitats.

The Ford Marsh contains marshlands, forests, and transitional meadows and is home to bald eagles that have returned to the coastal marshes on the site. The marsh also is home to significant beds of the threatened American Lotus, the official symbol of Michigan's clean waterways and used as the logo for the City of Monroe.


Birdwatching in the wetlands

marsh duck

Ford Marsh visitor

marsh gulls

Gulls take flight in the refuge

american lotus

The American Lotus