: APRIL 9, 2014 : Updated: April 9, 2014 2:40pm
MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A controlled burn in the Lansing area is expected to help improve habitat for the Henslow's sparrow.
The Lansing State Journal (http://on.lsj.com/R2xFcC ) reports that the bird and many other types of wildlife use prairie habitat at the Davis-Foster Land Preserve in Ingham County's Meridian Township. The sparrow is listed as endangered in Michigan. Crews conducted the burn Tuesday at part of the preserve.
Meridian Township officials say the goal is to kill invasive species and rejuvenate the soil so that native wildflowers and other plants can thrive. Officials say another such burn is planned at Ingham County's Lake Lansing Park North over the next few weeks.
The Davis-Foster Land Preserve includes about 100 acres of grassland prairie. The Henslow's sparrow is expected back in the area this month.