Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge grew by 180 acres this week!!! The new tract is located along the east side of Miller Road, from Hart Road to Swan Creek. The area is a very large, open grassland mixed with small wetlands. The site was historically a mix of emergent marsh and wet prairie and the refuge will work to restore these habitats further.
Wildlife observation is available along Miller Road, which is a seasonal County road. It is a good location for birdwatchers to find nesting Grasshopper Sparrows and wintering Short-eared Owls and Rough-legged Hawks. Last year this site harbored nesting Dickcissels. Large numbers of ducks, geese, swans and Sandhill Cranes use the shallow wetlands, especially in spring migration. It is also an excellent viewing area for White-tailed Deer. A parking lot is located at the south end of Miller Road on the Shiawassee River State Game Area. This acquisition was funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
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Thank you for your interest!
Steven F. Kahl
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
6975 Mower Rd.
Saginaw, MI 48603-9783
P (989) 777-5930 ext 16
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