“If you seek a beautiful peninsula, look about you,” is Michigan’s motto. Consisting of two peninsulas surrounded by the largest freshwater system in the world, the Great Lakes, there is indeed much beauty here. Michigan offers much of beauty and interest to the bird watcher and nature enthusiast. Michigan boasts 3,000 miles of shoreline, 11,000 interior lakes, 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, and the largest state forest system in the nation. With these diverse habitats, Michigan is particularly rich in bird species, with over 420 species on the official state list.