The 400-acre Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center serves as a hub for scientific research in natural resource restoration and management.

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The Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center (CMERC) is a 400-acre center for scientific research in natural resource restoration and management. This research will be the foundation for outreach and education programs to help build awareness of better land stewardship practices and the relevance of science to society.

CMERC is one of two locations for the Michigan State Bird Observatory (MSBO), an umbrella organization that encompasses bird banding, education and outreach activities at two locations. Bird banding at the Burke Lake Banding Station began in 2010 and opened to the public in 2013, with the mission of integrating research, training of future natural resource professionals, and education and outreach for people of all ages – while promoting the protection and conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.

CMERC is located at 9422 Herbison Road in Laingsburg, Michigan. Please note that it is easiest to find us by navigating via GPS to Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center.


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Student-led bird banding innovation spearheads continuation of data collection despite COVID-19

Published on March 16, 2021 12:00AM

Two fisheries and wildlife undergraduate students, Hannah Landwerlen and Evan Griffis, designed and built a box that allows bird banding to be performed safely during the novel coronavirus pandemic.