39 acres is in WRP. So my management options are limited to what they will allow. I can burn, mow, and spray, and can do up to 5% of acreage to foodplot. For any of these activities I need to get compatible use authorizations. I’m working with the NRCS Biologist to get the CUA requests written up.You have yourself a slice of heaven there, congrats!! PF has been there, maybe reach out to them and talk to their habitat folks for suggestions and assistance. Around here they will have or have access to, native grass seed drills, fire control equipment and have personnel for labor. I am assuming none of it is in a government program. Post again in the spring with your plans underway. Exciting!!!
Be a trapper if you see a lot of predator activity...or find one to trap them for you.
There is a coyote den on the property. Hopefully they are keeping the nest predators at bay currently. But I would like to find a trapper to trap it.Very exciting! You’ll be amazed once you get this established. I would suggest predator control as well.
It's so good to hear that you have wild birds in mid Michigan.
I'd add some fruit bearing shrubs and or low growing fruit trees and or evergreens, wind breaks. These provide good late season food and cover. Old apple orchards had always been a major draw for food, cover and roosts when we had wild birds in North Eastern Ohio. Swamp rose around wetlands. I expect your location does occasionally get heavy snows and these cover types can be important then.