Important Bird Areas

Lake Erie Metropark

Michigan

Municipal park on Lake Erie shoreline, including 3 miles of shoreline on Lake Erie at the mouth of the Detroit River and several upland and wetland habitats.

Ornithological Summary

This IBA is a bottleneck for migrating raptors wishing to avoid the open water crossing of Lake Erie during the fall migration. Between 1996 and 2004 the hawkwatch recorded greater than 90,000 Broad-winged Hawks in all but 3 seasons with an annual average of 177,404. Greater than 100,000 Broad-winged Hawks have been observed in a single day, and an astounding 612,000 individuals were counted during the 1999 season. Other migrant raptors with large seasonal high counts include Peregrine Falcon (94), Merlin (83), Red-shouldered Hawk (1200), Northern Goshawk (70), Northern Harrier (1372), Bald Eagle (232), Osprey (282), Cooper's Hawk (896), and Sharp-shinned Hawk (12,080, with an annual average of 6,800 to 9,300 individuals).

The park also supports a wintering group of Long-eared Owls ranging from 0 to 11 individuals.

The nearby waters of the Detroit River are home to huge concentrations of migrating and wintering waterfowl and waterbirds, for which that site is also recognized as an IBA.

Ownership

Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority

Habitat

deciduous woods, grassland, non-tidal wetland, lakes and rivers

Land Use

recreation/tourism, wildlife conservation/research