Volunteer Profile: Don A. Griffin, Friends of the Detroit River

Volunteer Profile: Don A. Griffin, Friends of the Detroit River

My personal attraction to the Detroit River began in the 1940s when I served as an Able Bodied Seaman on the Great Lakes ore carriers for seven seasons. I was enthralled and captivated by the beauty of the islands, shorelines, and the waters and wildlife so clearly visible from the deck and pilot house of the steamship.

Both the Detroit River and the St. Mary’s River, which border both Canada and the United States, are international waterways with incredible natural appeal. At dawn and dusk the colors and images are magnificent! I felt fifty years ago and still feel that the beauty of the Detroit River should be preserved. The huge numbers and wide variety of wildlife nurtured within the Detroit River and its marshes, shoals, islands, and shorelines challenge one’s imagination. Annually over three million waterfowl stop in the Detroit River to rest and feed. We are enriched by being at the intersection of the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways, important migration corridors for these ducks, geese, swans, and coots as well as raptors and other birds that migrate annually through this region. Also, sixty-five species of fish live in the Detroit River. Over forty species of fish spawn in the Humbug Marsh annually, and Trenton, Michigan has an annual Walleye tournament touted by some as the best walleye tournament anywhere.



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