Above, Rough-legged Hawk © 2011 Paige Calamari, used with permission from Central Michigan Life.
This rough-legged hawk was released following rehabilitation at WRA. Note the feathers all the way to the toes. "Peaches" was so named for her peach colored underside.


Wildlife Recovery Association is dedicated to promoting the understanding, appreciation and protection of wild raptors and their connection with nature.

Little Swamp Sanctuary is home to a variety of wildlife, and is also a resting point for migrating birds.  Many years ago, wetland plant species were intoduced to the land; some for cover, and many  food bearing plants were started.  We now see the benefit of this long term planning, and are able to find large numbers of wildlife species, many of which are rare or endangered.

A family of mallards finds cover in the thick vegetation along the wetland edges.


Hooded Mergansers, as well as Wood Ducks and many other cavity nesting ducks find homes in the Little Swamp Sanctuary.


Bald Eagles have nested on Little Swamp Sanctuary for ten years.


A young Red-shouldered Hawk is in the perfect habitat to catch its prey, including frogs, snakes, and mice.


Tundra Swans use the swamp as a stopover during migration. You can hear their musical voices from over a mile away as they approach the swamp.


Blandings Turtles are now very rare. They once were the most common turtle found on this swamp; the adults are still found occasionally.

DSCN8075 DSCN1539 A sanctuary of woodland wetlands is maintained and enhanced by 40 years of land management, plantings of native trees, shrubs, and perennials, and installing nest boxes, brush piles, and other wildlife friendly structures.

Rare and endangered species find sanctuary here:  we often see blandings turtles, red-shouldered hawks, and occasionally get a glimpse of a least bittern.DSCN1630