The W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Bird Sanctuary, or simply known as Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, is a 180-acre habitat surrounding Wintergreen Lake in Augusta, Michigan, 15 miles north of Kalamazoo and 12 miles northwest of Battle Creek. It was founded by cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg in 1927 as a refuge for game and migratory birds, particularly the Canada geese.
The year after, Kellogg gave the deed of the land to the Michigan State College of Agriculture (which is now Michigan State University) to ensure that the sanctuary would serve as a practical training school for animal care and land management. This paved the way for the enhancement of field research for college students and programs for the general public. In 1980s, the sanctuary became an important part of Michigan’s rehabilitation efforts for Trumpeter swans.
For its variety of habitats, Kellogg Bird Sanctuary remains a stopover for several species of game birds, raptors, and waterfowl. The grounds are open all-year round from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on weekdays and Saturdays, and 12:00 NN to 5:00 PM on Sundays (though it is highly advisable to call the sanctuary before your visit). Visitors can take a picnic or go on a walk in one of its trails. The grounds are also perfect for birding and nature photography. The sanctuary welcomes groups of all ages and offers field trips and guided tours.
Through its ongoing research, scientific projects, internship opportunities, and public education, Kellogg Bird Sanctuary continues in its commitment to bird conservation and understanding of different ecosystems. It offers several events and programs to the public, notable of which are the field botany and field ornithology. These interactive programs aim to arm the participants with the knowledge of Michigan’s flora and bird life. The sanctuary also accepts volunteers and offers annual memberships to support the sanctuary.
The sanctuary needs to maintain a safe space both for its native wildlife and visitors. As such, its management urges people not to bring pets, firearms, and tobacco products. Bringing in food to feed the waterfowl and other animals are also discouraged, but corn can be purchased at the resource center. Drones are also not allowed. Visitors are advised to pack out their litter.
W.K. Kellogg Biological Station
3700 East Gull Lake Drive
Hickory Corners, MI 49060