close print view
Bears, Birds, and Berries
Summer viewing of Michigan's wildlife can be challenging if it begins in the
month of July. The variable weather conditions of sweltering heat, humidity, and
erratic pressure ridges can spawn spectacular thunderstorms. It requires extra
preparation for the outdoor recreationist.
as mid-summer's heat settles in, it produces a rapid ripening of soft fruits.
This can be the best time for viewing the foraging patterns of birds and bears.
As the soft mast crop of blueberries and blackberries take on purple glows, the
reds of wintergreen berries, raspberries, and cherries are signals for wildlife
to spring into action.
can get ready to enjoy glimpses of an active time in the lives of Michigan's
wildlife. Foraging for soft fruits is an important activity for their survival.
Black bears can be found in many northern Michigan wild blueberry and blackberry
patches. If you share this passion for fruit gathering, be prepared to leave if
you become aware of their presence. View them from a distance. Old burns produce
good crops of berries if the fruit has received rain during the peak early
summer growth period. Crows and ravens along with northern flickers, cedar
waxwings, mice, and turtles all feed on various berries in these areas.
Take your field guides and berry bucket and head for the berry patches this
summer in Michigan.