The Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve is ideally suited for various types of environmental research. The research is conducted by independent researchers who use the Preserve as their laboratory.
Brian Johnson, a noted wildlife biologist has been banding birds at the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve since 2006. In addition to his bird banding efforts, Brian also spends numerous hours removing non-native invasive species at the preserve to improve habitat. Brian has been especially diligent in removing bittersweet and knotweed from the site. Without the efforts of Brian and the many volunteers that help out at the preserve, these species would overtake the preserve severely diminishing the overall habitat.