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Michigan
Wetland Management District


hen duck and young at water's edge
2651 Coolidge Road
East Lansing, MI   48823
E-mail: jeanette_bowles@fws.gov
Phone Number: 517-351-6236
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Wetlands in the Michigan Wetland Management District provide excellent habitat for raising duck broods.
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  Overview
Michigan Wetland Management District

The Michigan Wetland Management District consists of a 14-county area and includes three waterfowl production areas (WPAs): the 160-acre Schlee WPA and the 138-acre Mahan WPA in Jackson County and the 77-acre Kinney WPA in Van Buren County. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division, oversees day-to-day management of these three areas through a partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Michigan has a fourth WPA, the 95-acre Schoonover WPA, in Lenawee County. Staff of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, located east of Toledo, Ohio, manages this WPA. All four sites are managed as a mixture of wetlands and grasslands to provide high-quality nesting and brood-rearing habitat for waterfowl and a variety of migratory songbirds.


Getting There . . .
The Schlee WPA is located on the north side of Page Road approximately six miles east of US 127 on the east side of Jackson. The Mahan WPA is located on the south side of Tophith Road approximately 2 miles from the northeast corner of Jackson County. The Kinney WPA is in southeast Van Buren County, approximately 3.5 miles south of Lawton, near the intersection of County Road 352 and 29th Street. The Schoonover WPA, in western Lenawee County, is located on Medina Road approximately three miles south of Hudson and eight miles east of US 127.


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Wildlife and Habitat

More than 60 species of birds have been observed on the WPAs, including 10 species of waterfowl.

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History
The Michigan Wetland Management District was established in 1980, as part of a larger effort to preserve breeding duck habitat in the Great Lakes Region.

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Management Activities
In contrast with the surrounding agricultural lands, the grasses and wildflowers of the WPAs provide dense nesting cover for mallards, blue-winged teal, and other grassland nesting birds. The wetlands offer excellent habitat for raising duck broods. The uplands are periodically hayed to stimulate grass and wildflower growth and deter weeds and shrubs. The Mahan WPA was acquired September 1, 2006 through a NAWCA grant.