Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit River

About the State of the Strait

The State of the Strait is a binational (Canada-United States) collaboration that hosts a meeting every two years to bring together government managers, researchers, students, environmental and conservation organizations, and concerned citizens. Participants work to understand historical ecosystem conditions and assess current ecosystem status in order to achieve a better future for the Detroit River and western Lake Erie. Please take a look at presentations from our previous meetings for more information.

News and Events

September 2020

October 2019 

photo of Ambassador Bridge

Registration is now closed. The conference is fully subscribed. Please send a message to one of the co-organizers if you must cancel you registration.

Final 2019 Conference Program [PDF]



October 2018 

Now Available for Download

State of the Strait - Urban Bird Summit:

Status, Trends, and Risks to Species that Call the Corridor Home 2018

Proceedings from the 2017 Urban Bird Summit can now be found on the 2017 SOFTS Conference page. A list of summit presentations, as well as links to presentation PDFs, are also available on the conference page.

To visit the 2017 SOFTS Urban Bird Summit page

October 2017

In coordination with Detroit’s 2017 designation as an Urban Bird Treaty City, the State of the Strait, the Detroit Zoo, and the Metro Detroit Nature Network have partnered to present a conference with the theme “Urban Bird Summit: Status, Trends, and Risks to Species that Call the Corridor Home”.

Save the Date Announcement

Full Summit Program

August 2017

Welcome to the redesigned website for the State of the Strait group. This site contains information on past SOFTS conferences, SOFTS publications, and other media. Also included are subsites on soft shoreline engineering and the The Detroit River-Western Lake Erie indicator project (previously hosted on the Environmental Protection Agency website).

State of the Strait Sponsors

Eastern Michigan University

University of Windsor

Wayne State University

International Wildlife Refuge Alliance


US Fish and Wildlife Service

Dearborn University

Detroit River Canadian Cleanup

International Joint Commission

Friends of the Detroit River

Environmental Interpretive Center

Michigan Office of the Great Lakes

DTE Energy

Government of Canada