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Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
Known locally as the "Shiawassee Flats," the refuge lies in the Saginaw Bay watershed, historically one of the largest and most productive wetland ecosystems in Michigan. Four rivers converge on the refuge - the Tittabawassee, Flint, Cass, and Shiawassee.
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Huron-Manistee National Forest—Kirtland’s Warbler Tour
Description: Tours to see the federally endangered Kirtland's warbler are offered from May 15 to July 2 each year. The tours begin at the Mio Ranger Station. Participants watch a short video, and then follow the tour guide in their own vehicles to the viewing site. Viewing sites are generally less than a 20 minute drive from the office. There are entry fees for this site: $5.00 per person

Wildlife to Watch: The tour guide almost always able to provide good sitings of the Kirtland's warbler and other songbirds in the jack pine ecosystem. Other birds that can be viewed include the Clay-colored Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Upland Sandpiper, and Brewer's Blackbird.

Special Tips: Participants generally walk a short distance along a dirt road to get sightings of th Kirtland's warbler and other species. Abundant blackflies can be annoying and can bite. Insect repellent, a hat, long sleeve shirt and long pants are recommended.

Ownership: USDA Forest Service 
Size: NA 
Closest Town: Mio, MI

RestroomsParkingFishingBoat LaunchVisitor CenterLodgingHorse TrailsHandicap AccessibleFeeSmall BoatsDrinking WaterBicyclingAuto Tour

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Kirtlands Warbler - Photo by USDA Forest Service
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Driving Directions:
Tours start from the Mio Ranger Station, 107 McKinley Road, Mio, MI 48647. If you are travelling north on Interstate 75, get off at Exit 202 and travel north approximately 36 miles to Mio, Michigan. Continue north past the only traffic light in town, and then go over the bridge that spans the AuSable River. Immediately after the bridge, get into the right turn lane, and turn right onto McKinley Road. Travel east approximately 3 tenths of a mile and then turn left into the Mio Ranger Station which is clearly marked with a large sign.

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Huron-Manistee National Forest—Kirtland’s Warbler Tour : Wildlife Viewing Area