I regret to have to give this bad news. The opening of the
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife Drive has to be delayed from
June 1 until approximately June 21.
The good news is that the refuge is in the process of restoring 940 acres
of farmland to emergent marsh. This is the largest wetland restoration in
the history of the refuge. It’s also the largest wetland restoration in the
entire Great Lakes region in the last several decades. The auto tour route
surrounds three sides of this restoration area and birding quality will be
The bad news is that two large holes have to be cut into the auto tour road
to put in water control structures. These structures are necessary to allow
water back into the restoration area. They will also be vital in enabling
the refuge to manage water levels in the wetlands to provide optimum
habitat for wildlife and to control invasive species.
I will keep you updated as the exact opening date becomes clearer.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience.
Steven F. Kahl
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
6975 Mower Rd.
Saginaw, MI 48601-9783
P (989) 607-6022
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