Important Bird Areas

Wilderness State Park, Bliss Twp., and Cross Village beaches (Piping Plover)


Nearly 15 miles of Lake Michigan beach concentrated in the 7,000 acre Wilderness State Park. Habitats dominated by cobble beaches, sand dunes and swales, boggy wetlands, and northern hardwood/boreal transitional forest.

Ornithological Summary

This IBA has historically supported a large percentage of the Great Lakes population of the Piping Plover, averaging from 10 to 16 pairs annually. Recently, this number has declined to as few as 3 pairs in 2006.

Land Use

Primary land use is human recreation, camping, tourism/sightseeing. Wildlife conservation and forestry are secondary uses.