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Feathers In the Forest
A technical field conference exploring the interaction between forest management and bird habitats

10-11 May 2006
Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan
Lake Superior State University Cisler Center

Conference proceedings available in CD-ROM format. Contact Chris Burnett or Bill Cook.

10 May 2006 Conference Schedule
10:00 - 12:00
10:00 - 11:0
11:00 - 12:00

Chapter business meetings
State Society business meeting

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 1:10
1:10 - 1:55

1:55 - 2:10
2:10 - 2:45

2:45 - 3:20

3:20 - 3:35
3:35 - 4:10

4:10 - 4:45

4:45 - 5:15

Welcome, Don Howlett, Chairman, Michigan SAF
Keynote Address - Bird Conservation & Forestry in Michigan: The Big Picture
   - Dave Ewert, The Nature Conservancy     PowerPoint File (4.7 mb pdf)
Linking Northern Hardwood Forest Characteristics and Songbird Distributions in Northern Michigan
   - Kim Hall, Research Fellow, Michigan State University     PowerPoint File (2.9 mb pdf)     Short video clip (439 kb avi)
Beyond the Specific: Michigan's Bird Conservation Initiative & Integrated Bird Conservation.
   -Karen Cleveland, DNR/Michigan Bird Conservation Initiative     PowerPoint File (1.0 mb pdf)
Variation in Bird Communities Among Three Silvicultural Treatments in Northern Hardwood Forests
   - Katherine Brashear, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point     PowerPoint File (1.8 mb pdf)
Bird Population Trends in Managed and Unmanaged Northern Hardwood Forests
   -Jerry Edde, Ottawa National Forest     PowerPoint File (1.8 mb pdf)
Q & A Panel

6:00 - 7:30
7:30 - 9:00
Banquet (includes MI Bird Conservation Initiative ceremony)
SAF's direction and vision brainstorming session. Bernie Hubbard/ Don Howlett
11 May 2006  
7:30 - 3:00

Option 1. Field trip to Seney Wildlife Refuge led by Greg Corace, Refuge Forester. Limit 25. Arrange your own transportation to Seney. Plan to be at Seney Wildlife Refuge by 9:30. Box lunch will be provided. This trip will take the better part of the day. Distance and travel time to Seney will not allow participants to attend a second trip in the afternoon.

Field trips 2 - 4 will start from a central staging area located on M-28 about 3.2 miles West of Ranger Road at large opening on the south side of M-28 (former Raco Air Base). Buses will shuttle you to your morning field trip, return to the staging area at noon, shuttle you to your afternoon field trip and return you to the staging area at the end of the day. Plan to be at the staging area in the morning by 9:00.

Option 2. Field trip to xeric conifer sites (Raco Plains), led by Steve Sjogren, wildlife biologist on the Hiawatha National Forest. Emphasis will be on Kirtland's warbler habitat management. Box lunch will be provided. Switch field trips with group 3 or 4 at noon.
     Integrating Timber Management & Bird Habitat (0.5 kb pdf)     Sjogren trip notes (0.4 mb pdf)     Field day images (1.0 mb pdf)

Option 3. Field trip to northern hardwood sites, led by Kim Hall, Michigan State University. Emphasis will be on the dynamic nature of songbird responses to habitat, especially understory changes following timber harvests. Box lunch will be provided. Switch field trips with group 2 or 4 at noon.

Option 4. Field trip to Tahquamenon Falls State Park, led by Theresa Gratton, DNR. A variety of sites will be visited with emphasis on species of concern and management techniques. Bring binoculars and a field guide as we will be identifying those species we observe along the way. Box lunch will be provided. Switch field trips with group 2 or 3 at noon.
     Forest Structure Important to Birds (0.3 mb pdf)

4.0 CFE Credits in Category 1

Speaker Biographies Additional Resources
Katherine Brashear
Karen Cleveland
Greg Corace
Jerry Edde
Dave Ewert
Theresa Grattan
Kimberly Hall
Sherry MacKinnon
Steve Sjogren
Entire Set

Michigan Field Bird Checklist
Annotated References

Conference Brochure
Conference Acknowledgements
Conference Forward


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