1.  Privacy Statement: Dan Kimmel operates this MichiganBirder.com web site, part of the GreatLakesOne.com network. MichiganBirder.com regards the privacy and security of user information as a critical component of the service that we offer to our users. The following information explains our information gathering and dissemination practices.

2.  Registration: You may be required to register in order to be granted access to certain services and/or products at this web site such as commenting. At the time of registration, you may be prompted by one of our online forms to provide certain personal information to us, including your name, and email address (“Registration Data”). This site does not collect personally identifiable information about individuals except when specifically and knowingly provided by such individuals. This is your choice to provide this information such as when you sign up for commenting. Another example is winners of our contests, who may have to provide information to us, which we may in turn need to provide to a third party for shipping prizes. MichiganBirder.com and Dan Kimmel do not bear any responsibility for any actions or policies of any third parties. If you buy merchandise through MichiganBirder.com, you may have to provide personal information to affiliated merchants.

3.  Registration Data: We use Registration Data to send you information about our company and service and to keep you informed of enhancements and complimentary products in which you might be interested. We also may use Registration Data to tailor our web site to your particular needs. We use demographic and profile information to tailor your experience at our site, showing you the content that we think you might be interested in as well as displaying the content according to your preferences. You may choose to stop receiving future communications from us. Please see the Opt-Out and Discontinue Section below.

4.  Cookies: Cookies are pieces of information that a web site transfers to your computer’s hard disk for record-keeping purposes. Cookies in and of themselves do not personally identify users, although they do identify a user’s computer. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. If you’d prefer, you can set your browser to refuse cookies. However, you will not be able to take full advantage of our web site if you do so – our commenting system requires cookie use. We use cookies to credit your referral to a partner or affiliate who referred you to our web site, or have a referral by MichiganBirder.com to a partner or affiliate. We also use cookies to collect demographic and profile data for purposes of delivering content specific to your interests.

Third party vendors on our web site, including Google, use cookies to serve ads to you based on prior visits. Google’s use of their DART cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to you based on your visit to this site and/or other sites on the Internet. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google advertising opt-out page. Alternatively, you can find out more information and opt out of many third-party vendors’ use of cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.

5.  IP Addresses: Your computer uses IP addresses every time you are connected to the Internet. Your IP address is a number that is used by computers on the network to identify your computer. IP addresses are automatically collected by our web server as part of demographic and profile data known as “traffic data” so that data (such as the Web pages you request) can be sent to you. MichiganBirder.com will not use your IP address to attempt to identify your personal information except that your IP address is linked to your user name if you voluntarily choose to register for commenting/membership, or as otherwise declared in this Privacy Policy.

6.  System Information and Referral: System information we may collect as part of “traffic data” includes time, the type of web browser being used, the operating system/platform, and CPU speed. Your web browser sends this information automatically when you are connected to a web site. Additionally, we may use this information as a Referrer that references the Web URL you linked from to credit your referral to a partner or affiliate who referred you to our web site, or to get credit from a partner or affiliate we refer you to. This information may be used by MichiganBirder.com to identify broad demographic trends that may be used to provide information tailored to your interests. You will not be personally identified from this information.

7. Sharing of Information: MichiganBirder.com feels strongly that only you should see your personally identifiable data, unless you authorize us to share it with others. Except as provided in this privacy policy, no data or information that personally identifies you will be shared with anyone. Some of your information may be shared on an aggregate basis only, as a part of a larger set of statistics (for example, statistics that indicate the average number of pages viewed per visit), but that information will not be sufficient to permit the recipient to identify you. MichiganBirder.com will only disclose personally identifiable data without your permission in the following limited circumstances: (i) if MichiganBirder.com is required to do so by law, or (ii) if MichiganBirder.com has the good faith belief that such action is necessary to conform to applicable laws or comply with legal process served on MichiganBirder.com, or to protect and defend the rights or property of MichiganBirder.com or another subscriber or to enforce our Terms of Use that we may adopt.

If you send us personal correspondence, such as email or snail mail, or if you perform an activity such as order a product(s) from us, or if other users or third parties send us correspondence about your activities on the site, we may collect such information into a file specific to you. You agree that we may use your information to complete a business transaction you initiated, or to contact you or send information to you that is targeted to your perceived interests, such as banner advertisements, administrative notices, product offerings, and communications relevant to your use of the site. Through your access and use of this site, you agree to receive this information.

You should be aware that any information about yourself that you post on our website can be collected by others and may result in unsolicited messages from others. For your own privacy do not post your address or phone number in one of these very public places. You may contact MichiganBirder.com for assistance if you have problems with another registered member.

8. Security: Information collected by MichiganBirder.com is stored in secure operating environments that are not available to the public. MichiganBirder.com is dedicated to maintaining and upholding your privacy and security and is aware of our privacy and security policies. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information within our systems, MichiganBirder.com cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk.

9. Other Web Sites and Links: This web site contains links to other web sites, and our partners and affiliates may also have links on this web site and/or provide links to this web site. Please note that this Privacy Policy does not cover the privacy practices of those other web sites and of our partners and affiliates, and we are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such web sites, partners, or affiliates. You should be careful to review any privacy policies of such web sites, partners, or affiliates.

10. Opt-Out of Communication and Discontinue: Subscribers may elect to op-out and to discontinue receiving future communications from us by deleting your username from our website. In addition, you may elect to avoid future communications from MichiganBirder.com by sending us an email at support@michiganbirder.com indicating your Username and E-mail address and requesting to opt-out and discontinue future communications. Even if you have opted-out, under urgent circumstances, we reserve the right to send you information about the service or your account, but we will not send you unsolicited communications regarding any general information regarding this web site or commercial offers or advertisements if you have opted out or discontinued such communications. Note: If you have signed up for any newsletters from us, to opt-out of those lists, you may have to follow the opt-out instructions included at the bottom of each of those communications to be removed from those lists.

11. Contact Us: If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy, the practices of MichiganBirder.com, or your dealings with our web site, please contact us at: GreatLakesBass.com, PO Box 27424, Lansing, MI 48909. Telephone: 810-433-BASS (2277). Email: support@michiganbirder.com

12. Modifications: MichiganBirder.com reserves the sole right to change or update this Privacy Policy from time to time. MichiganBirder.com encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

MichiganBirder.com is an urban birding, bird watching and bird feeding web site specializing in Michigan birds and the outdoors related to birds. You’ll find online birding articles and tips, video, news,  product information, pictures, and more. You can also read and participate in our commenting system. Please use the website links and enjoy your visit. Thank you!