2011 February 2 Beaver Island Wildlife Club Certification Outline Documents

Beaver Island Wildlife Club

To: St. James Township Board

Peaine Township Board

February 2, 2011

Re: Requesting approval and support of this outline that we will be presenting to MDNR Natural Resources Council on February 10, 2011

Beaver Island Wildlife Certification Outline


The purpose of this outline is to provide the framework necessary to achieve Wildlife Certification for Beaver Island. Wildlife Certification means that the State of Michigan has reviewed, participated and supports our individual species management plans. The coordinated wildlife management across ownerships (public and private).The development of this plan will allow the Wildlife Division to officially 'wildlife certify' the island and joint development of a wildlife management plans, such as Deer, Loons, Rabbits, Grouse, Turkey, Cormorants, Fish and non-game species, etc. Creation of This will allow islanders more opportunity and special privileges to achieve desired wildlife characteristics and the support of rare high value natural areas and species. We hope to work in coalition with island residents to develop and allow the island to claim something absolutely unique with which to promote tourism. The Qualify Deer Management Plan approved last fall is a component of Wildlife Certification focused on Deer Management only.


Jeffrey Powers, President BIWC

Tom Kludt, Vice President BIWC

Don Tritsch, Board Member BIWC

Jacque Lafreniere, BIWC


Beaver Island Deer Driving Survey
Each year in late summer, the BIWC conducts a survey of deer on Beaver Island. Specific routes are driven at approximately the same time of day, and the number and type of deer seen are recorded. The data also suggests a buck to doe ratio.
2009 2010
Number of trips 57 61
Bucks 25 31
Does 237 301
Fawns 60 14% 265 41%
Undetermined 24 FAWNS 37 FAWNS
Reference, prior year buck to doe ratios :
2010 1 to 10 2006 1 to 10
2009 1 to 9.5 2005 1 to 7
2008 1 to 2.5 2004 1 to 4
2007 1 to 6 2003 1 to 4





•  I. Purpose

• A. Provide a template for establishing a collective focus on selective wildlife and their supporting habitat through collaborative effort.

• B.   Defines a framework for community support and necessary guidance by Michigan DNR and other relevant divisions.

•  II. Benefits

•  A. Encourages native species proliferation within limits of habitat and management goals. Examples currently in place include

1. Walleye rearing pond and stocking of Lake Geneserath and Fox Lake currently in its 9th year

2. Wild turkey winter feeding program in its 8th year

•  B. Provides long term conservation improvements

• C. Encourage resident ownership and pride in their environment. Example: support of wildlife food plots.

D. Positive impact to local economy  

III. Scope

•  A. Initial Beaver Island Private and Public lands, including the archipelago and its waters

•  B. Eventual expand to include Garden Island , etc.

•  IV. Management

• A. Local Beaver Island Wildlife Club working in partnership with other interested island groups such as: BICC, NREC, Township Governments and others

•  B. State Level-Working in partnership with DNR, MUCC, etc

•  C. National Level-Partnerships with other organizations to facilitate the achievement of goals, examples include QDMA, USDA-WS

•  D. Period - Two year time horizon with periodic detailed review of objectives and results.

•  E. Funding self funding through community groups and other individuals, fund raising efforts and partnership with other organizations

1. State funding of Turkey Food Plots

2. Federal and State funding of Cormorant Control

•  V. Activities

•  A. Identification of focus wildlife and definition of their supporting habitat.

•  1. Population and inventory and condition of relevant habitat.

a. Assessment of soils and forage base through testing and food plot work. Currently there is 50+ acres planted in 2010

b. Assessment of White-Tailed Deer population

i Biological Deer Harvest Analysis

ii. Driving Surveys for population analysis

c. Monitoring of Walleye Stocking efforts using resources of Tribal Biologists interacting with MDNR and local organizations

d. Monitoring of loon nesting activity and chick survival rates

• 2. Define realistic target management goals and measurements.

• B. Determine detrimental (non-native competition) and improvement factors to focus wildlife and their habitat. Examples: Deer, turkey, Great Lakes Small Mouth Bass habitat, creation of young forest habitat benefits woodcock, grouse, and songbird populations.

• C. Develop and implement action plans as required to reach management goals using sound scientific methods as recommended by DNR oversight and participation.

•  1. Cormorant control efforts currently in its 5th year. A joint effort working with USDA_WS to reduce cormorant impacts throughout the archipelago

2. Institution of APR as a component in the development of a Quality Deer Management Program(Goal Fall 2011 Implementation

• VI. Outcomes

A. Certification by DNR that sound principles and conservation efforts are being applied to improve focus animals and their habitats.

February 2, 2011 Beaver Island Wildlife Club