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Tawas Point State Park Site Profile
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Tawas Point State Park
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Tawas Point State Park IBA
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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.
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.
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.
recreation/tourism, wildlife conservation/research
Mixed woods, shrub/scrub, lake, herbaceous vegetation.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
National Audubon Society 2013 ®
Important Bird Areas in the U.S.