Important Bird Areas

Hillsdale Co. Henslow's Sparrow privatelands

Michigan

A matrix of disjunct, privately-owned agricultural and hayfield openlands supporting a concentration of Henslow's Sparrows.

Ornithological Summary

Supports a large concentration of breeding Henslow's Sparrows.

Conservation Issues

Improper mowing regimes could decimate nest success, while conversion of grazing pasture to row crop would remove habitat. Work needed to properly assess the severity of these threats. Use of NRCS or MDNRE LIP funding to create habitat on as many privately-owned plots would be highly advantageous to Henslow's Sparrow and other grassland species.

Ownership

A matrix of privately-owned disjunct openlands.

Habitat

A patchwork of privately-owned agricultural fields, with small remnants of deciduous forests and wetlands.

Land Use

Varied agricultural uses- more information needed.