Contact information

Julie A. Craves
Rouge River Bird Observatory
Environmental Interpretive Center
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Dearborn, MI 48128
313-583-6373 office
313-583-6444 fax
jcraves AT
jac AT


Web sites

Rouge River Bird Observatory

Net Results

Coffee & Conservation










Research interests
I am interested in the resilience of urban ecosystems, how species adapt to these simplified systems with their unique stressors, and the interactions of native and invasive species.

My primary research  is on how songbirds use urban natural areas, especially migratory songbirds. I have specifically been studying the food resources available in urban areas during fall migration and the role of non-native fruiting plant species in the diets of migratory bird species. 

Auxillary areas of interest
I've done substantial work on the distribution of Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) and the use of these insects as bioindicators, especially in urban systems. 

I am also interested in migratory bird use of shade coffee farms in Latin America, and have traveled regularly in the tropics to coffee-growing areas. You can read more about the connection between coffee and biodiversity at my web site Coffee & Conservation.

Selected Publications

  • Craves, J. A. 2015. Birds that eat nonnative buckthorn fruit (Rhamnus cathartica and Frangula alnus, Rhamnaceae) in eastern North America. Natural Areas Journal 35:279-287.
  • Craves, J. A., and D. S. O’Brien. 2013. The Odonata of Wayne County, Michigan: Inspiration for renewed monitoring of urban areas. Northeastern Naturalist 20:341-362.
  • Craves, J. A. 2009. A fifteen-year study of fall stopover patterns of Catharus thrushes at an inland, urban site. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121:112-118.
  • Craves, J. A. 2008. Current status of European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) in the western Great Lakes region. North American Birds 62:498-501.
  • Craves, J. A. 2007. The Birds of Dearborn, An Annotated Checklist. Rouge River Bird Observatory/Lulu Press. 
  • Craves, J. A. and D. S. O’Brien. 2007. [Band-winged Dragonlet] Erythrodiplax umbrata (Odonata: Libellulidae): New for Michigan. Great Lakes Entomologist 40:95-97.
  • Craves, J. A. 2007. Baseline inventory of Odonata at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, Humbug Marsh Unit. Final Report. CCS MOA #2007CCS-98. USFWS Region 3, Fort Snelling, MN.
  • Craves, J. A. 2006. Thirty years of the Rockwood Christmas Bird Count, 1975-2004. Report to the U.S. Fish Wild. Ser. Great Lakes Coastal Program. East Lansing, MI. 37 pp.
  • Craves, J. A. and K. R. Hall. 2003. Notable bird sightings from Cuba, winters 2002 and 2003. Jrl. of Caribbean Ornithology 16:31-34.

Please see a more complete list of publications at the Rouge River Bird Observatory web site.