Important Bird Areas

Barry State Game Area, Yankee Springs Recreation Area & Perry Trust

Michigan

This area, a combination of two Michigan DNR properties and the private Perry Trust, totals over 2,000 acres dominated by extensive mature oak-hickory forest. Other habitats well-represented include northern hardwoods, limited conifer plantations, as well as managed brushy openings and wetlands. Topography dominated by gently rolling to hilly terrain.

Ornithological Summary

Primary breeding site for numerous vulnerable, high priority management concern neotropical migrants. Potential nesting site for Trumpeter Swan, Sandhill crane about 20, Pileated Woodpecker about 20, Acadian Flycatcher about 200, vary about 500, Chestnut-sided Warbler 250-300, Canada Warbler < 10. Endangered, threatened or vulnerable species.

Conservation Issues

Potential decreases in state-level funding could limit proper management of the site. Non-indigenous flora/fauna, and brood parasitism of key species by Brown-headed Cowbirds are additional threats.

Ownership

Michigan Department of Natural Resources (98%) &amp; Perry Family Trust (2%)

Habitat

Primary habitat (&gt;50%): deciduous woods. Secondary habitats (&lt;50%): coniferous woods, riparian, shrub/scrub, grassland, non-tidal wetland.

Land Use

Forestry, hunting/fishing, recreation/tourism, wildlife conservation/research