Tawas Point State Park Site Profile
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Name: Tawas Point State Park Acres: 200
State: US-MI Status: Recognized
Counties: Priority: State
Confirmed Criteria: D4vii,D1
 
Species
Criteria Proposed
Criteria Confirmed
Assessment Date
American PipitD4vii  
American Redstart   
American RobinD4vii  
Baird's Sandpiper   
Bald Eagle   
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Site Description
Narrow sandy peninsula separating Tawas Bay from Lake Huron. A thin but long sandspit at the tip provides vital roosting habitat for terns, gulls, and rare shorebirds such as Whimbrel, Red Knot, Ruddy Turnstone, and Piping Plover.
Ornithological Summary
An important corridor for migrating passerines, waterbirds, and shorebirds, as well as occasional breeding Piping Plovers. Significant counts include 1,900 Long-tailed Ducks, 5,000 Red-breasted Mergansers, 300 Whimbrel, 14 Red Knot, 850 Bonaparte's Gulls, 170 Common Terns, 168 Black Terns, 11 Bald Eagles, and 167 Common Loons. Supports an incredible diversity and abundance of passerine migrants each spring and fall. 297 species of birds have been observed in the park.
Conservation Issues
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Habitat
Ownership
Disturbance of roosting birds at tip of Tawas Point due to kite surfers is a major threat. Efforts should be taken to encourage avoidance of this area during May-August, especially in light of recent nesting attempts of Piping Plover.
 

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