What is MI-MAST?
MI-MAST is a program where YOU get to understand wildlife foods in areas you are interested in while playing an important role in the conservation of Michigan’s wildlife. Understanding the cycles of wild fruit and seeds that are produced by trees and shrubs, also called mast, is a critical component of understanding wildlife habitat and population performance. Mast crops are known to directly affect wildlife productivity and survival, hence knowing more about wildlife food sources can help you locate more wildlife. Additionally, biologists need mast information across the entire state of Michigan to fully understand how wildlife populations might be responding to masting.
Who Can Participate?
Anyone can participate in the program. We have provided instructional materials and field guides to help walk you through the process.
How Much Time is Required?
Recording the amount of mast on plants only takes a few minutes, particularly if you are using our iPhone or Android smartphone applications. You can choose to record mast production for 1 plant or 100, the more plants you monitor the better you will understand masting patterns on lands that interest you.
When Can I Start?
You can create an account now and get started. You can set-up your plant locations at anytime and record the amount of fruits or nuts that are visible.
What Sort of Plants Should I Track?
We have identified mast producing plants that are the most important to wildlife and that are found throughout Michigan. You can find the list of plants here. If we are missing a plant that you would like to see added to our database please contact the program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.