Important Bird Areas

Wigwam Bay marshes (inc. Rifle River mouth)

Michigan

Coastal marsh adjoining Saginaw Bay, part of a much larger network of high quality emergent cattail habitat. At the Rifle River mouth.

Ornithological Summary

Hosts a good variety of emergent marsh breeders, including 4 conservation concern species including American and Least Bitterns, Marsh Wren, and Black Tern.

Conservation Issues

Unknown.

Ownership

About 30% of the IBA is part of the Wigwam Bay State Wildlife Area. The remainder is presumably public ownership as it is wet marsh adjoining Saginaw Bay.

Habitat

Mostly emergent marsh (cattail and bulrush), shrubland, with a variety of other negligible cover types.

Land Use

Primary land use is wildlife conservation. Recreational activities and commercial fishing are secondary uses.