TLC has begun
fundraising to acquire 30 acres of forested beach ridge and
swale habitat along Lake Huron in Burtchville Township. The
property is located along the west side of M-25 about ½ mile
north of Metcalf Road.
The habitat is very unique, restricted along
the Great Lakes, composed of sand ridges and low muck swales
paralleling the shoreline. The ridges are old beaches that
began forming about 4,500 years ago as a higher post-glacial
lake level began to subside, leaving a succession of sand
bars, then beaches, beyond the waves.
species like Purple-flowering Raspberry (the Lower
Peninsula¡¯s equivalent of the Upper Peninsula¡¯s
Thimbleberry) and Yellow Lady¡¯s-slipper
Orchids are found in this habitat.
that has done any bird watching along the shoreline, it is
obvious that this habitat is a critical pathway for an
abundance of migratory birds. For more information about
this habitat, see the Thumb Habitats article in the December
2003 edition of The Lakeshore Guardian
Beach ridge and swale habitat is part of what truly makes
Blue Water Area and Thumb shoreline unique.
TLC must raise well over $100,000 in
a short time.
We hope this will be the first acquisition of a larger shoreline
your tax-deductible donation to the
Please reference ¡ˇăBeach Ridges¡ˇŔ in the memo line of your check.
are some photographs of a few species
in this special Great Lakes shoreline habitat -