When much of Michigan's vast forests fell to the ax and saw in the late 1800s, many woodland bird species declined. These included the common raven, wood thrush, ovenbird, American redstart, whip-poor-will, scarlet tanager, and cerulean and hooded warblers. Wild turkeys were almost wiped out and passenger pigeons became extinct in Michigan, although this was also due to commercial overhunting. Hairy and pileated woodpeckers were also impacted along with great-horned, northern saw-wet, and barred owls. Today, wild turkeys have been reestablished and many species of songbirds are doing well in Michigan's forests. However, migratory species are declining at an alarming rate.
From an overall landscape perspective, many woodland birds survive best in large tracts of forests connected to each other by forested
Therefore, there are many management opportunities for woodland birds
in northern Michigan, which is currently more than 70 percent forested.
Options within southern Michigan exist in forest areas, and
riparian zones. Neighbors who cooperatively manage their woodlands also increase opportunities for woodland bird management.
Small forested tracts are also very important for some species like
the northern cardinal and the great-crested flycatcher. Migrating birds
may also use these small forests and tree-filled yards as stop over sites.
Read more at: http://www.dnr.state.mi.us
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