Important Bird Areas

Baker Sanctuary (Bernard W.)

Michigan

Michigan Audubon Society Sanctuary.

Ornithological Summary

Largest fall concentration of Sandhill Cranes in Michigan. Their numbers have increased in recent years duing passage, which may relate to the change in use at Walkinshaw wetlands. This site is important for breeding also. It has the first modern breeding record for Calhoun County, Michigan.

Conservation Issues

Invasive species, predation, housing development and excessive disturbance of birds.

Ownership

Entire area owned by Michigan Audubon Society.

Habitat

Deciduous woods and non-tidal wetland.

Land Use

Wildlife conservation/research.