Important Bird Areas

Huron National Forest (Golden-winged Warbler management units)

Michigan

A conglomerate of early-successional habitats being managed for Ruffed Grouse, American Woodcock, and Golden-winged Warblers.

Ornithological Summary

Supports one of the state's largest populations of breding Golden-winged Warblers and is one of very few sites under long term management to maintain the early successional habitats required by this species. The estimate of the number of breeding pairs of Golden-winged Warblers was produced qualitatively by Jeff Chynoweth based on his on-the-ground experience in the 3 Ruffed Grouse and American Woodcock management units included in the IBA. No census or survey was undertaken specifically for Golden-winged Warblers.

Conservation Issues

Insufficient funding to meet annual management goals for young aspen stands is the most critical risk to this IBA currently.

Ownership

Majority sits on the Huron National Forest. Small inholdings represent private property.

Habitat

A varied matrix of mainly forested habitats dominated by oak and northern hardwood, but with a roughly 20% concentration of aspen (among the highest in the state).

Land Use

Primary land use is forestry. Grouse Management Units are specifically managed to promote Ruffed Grouse and American Woodcock numbers.