Beaver Island Birding Trail

The Beaver Island Birding Trail is of comprised of more than 12,000 acres of diverse habitats including prairie, cedar swamps, beaches and hardwood forest. These provide ample sites for nesting.



Typical of this diversity of habitat is Little Sand Bay.  The preserve includes shrubs, cedar swamp, hardwoods and sand dunes, all accessible by a .4 mile pathway.  The pathway is augmented by boardwalks that allow visitors to pass through the area without disturbing the sensitive habitat.

As the largest island in Lake Michigan, Beaver Island is a vital link in the chain of stopovers for migratory birds heading up-lake toward their northern breeding grounds.