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17-acre property in Monroe County becoming part of Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

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BERLIN TOWNSHIP, Michigan — Officials say a 17-acre property in Monroe County is becoming part of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.

The acquisition of the Tishkof Tract in Berlin Township was announced Thursday.

The property is adjacent to the refuge's Brancheau Unit and was among land deemed highest priority for conservation and inclusion in the refuge. It contains southern hardwood swamp habitat, mixed wet prairie and shrub habitat as well as Great Lakes marsh habitat.

It's a migratory stopover area for many birds and a home to animals. The land was purchased by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with funding from U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge includes more than 5,800 of acres along 48 miles of the lower Detroit River and western Lake Erie.


Online:

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/detroit_river

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