Whether you've been working on your life list for years or are just discovering the thrill of birding,
Leelanau County is the perfect place to bring your binoculars. Many birders come to the region in hopes of spotting the endangered Piping Plover. They discover, however, a wide range of different birds throughout the National Lakeshore (an IBA, or Important Bird Area) and its surrounding areas. More information can be found on the site of the Sleeping Bear Birding Trail, a 123-mile area along beautiful M-22 that features a number of protected areas and sanctuaries beloved by birds and birders alike.