Important Bird Areas

Shiawassee River State Game Area


9,000 acres adjoining the Shiawassee Wildlife Refuge

Ornithological Summary

Important wetland complex supporting American Bitterns and many other species.

Conservation Issues

Major threats include invasive species, especially Phragmites and Purple Loosestrife.


Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division.


An emergent wetland complex with accompanying lowland floodplain forest, shrub swamp, and agricultural fields.

Land Use

Primarily wildlife management, with hunting as a secondary use.