Fish Point Wildlife Association

  Fish Point Wildlife Association  
  Wildlife Refuge and Managed Hunting Area
Northwest Tuscola County, Michigan

Wildlife Viewing

On the edge of the Fish Point Wildlife Area is a Handicap accessible Wildlife viewing tower. The following is some of what you might expect to see there:

Waterfowl and shorebirds are the most numerous types of birds observed at Fish Point because of the marshes and flooded cropland. Mallards, wood ducks, blue-winged teal and Canada geese nest regularly, while redheads, ring-necks, pintails and black ducks are less common nesters. Common moorhens, American bitterns, black terns, and least bitterns also nest in the area, especially in the diked emergent marsh impoundment. All four of these species are listed as state special concern, except the least bittern, which is state threatened. Forster’s terns, also state special concern, frequently use the area.

Saginaw Bay is also a major migration area for tundra swan. It is not unusual for as many as three to four thousand tundra swans to use Fish Point Wildlife Area adjacent to Saginaw Bay.

Great Blue Herons, green herons, black-crowned night herons (special state concern), and great egrets are commonly observed feeding in this area. Red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, and Cooper’s hawks are the most numerous birds of prey. Bald eagles are occasionally observed in the area. During the winter, it is not uncommon to see snowy owls at Fish Point.

The Pheasant population at Fish Point was once very high. Today only a remnant population remains. Bob-white quail are also found here in relatively low numbers.

Semi-aquatic mammals such as muskrat and raccoon are abundant. Red Fox and raccoon are major predators which occupy the wildlife area. Beavers and mink are also common.

White-tailed deer are abundant throughout Fish Point. Many other species of animals such as reptiles and amphibians are common throughout the area.