Important Bird Areas

Sharonville State Game Area

Michigan

Small State Game Area on the Jackson/Washtenaw Co. boundary.

Ornithological Summary

Very important grassland community supporting as many as 25 pairs of the globally-significant Henslow's Sparrow. Grasshopper Sparrow, Field Sparrow, and Eastern Meadowlark are also present in good numbers. Willow Flycatcher and Whip-Poor-Will are also represented breeders.

Conservation Issues

Grasslands management is a priority at the site, and past improper habitat management has been corrected. Coordinated monitoring of Henslow's Sparrow would help to measure grasslands management successes and guide future habitat management. Woody encroachment must be prevented over the long term to guarantee habitat for this important species.

Land Use

Primary use is wildlife conservation, with hunting and other recreational uses secondary.