DNR http://michiganradio.org en Making plans for the future of the Kirtland's warbler in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/making-plans-future-kirtlands-warbler-michigan <p>The <a href="http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/birds/Kirtland/">Kirtland’s warbler</a> is starting its migration from Michigan to the Caribbean.</p><p>By the time the song birds return to their Michigan breeding grounds next year, <a href="http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/birds/Kirtland/pdf/KIWA_MOU27April2011.pdf">the Kirtland’s warbler may no longer be listed as an endangered species. &nbsp;</a></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:57:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 18254 at http://michiganradio.org Making plans for the future of the Kirtland's warbler in Michigan Census shows fewer wolves in Michigan's Upper Peninsula http://michiganradio.org/post/census-shows-fewer-wolves-michigans-upper-peninsula <p>There are fewer wolves living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.</p><p></p><p>State wildlife biologists <a href="http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIDNR/bulletins/b301d0">report</a> a slight dip in the wolf population following last fall’s controversial hunt.</p><p></p><p>The Department of Natural Resources has just completed a census of wolves in the Upper Peninsula. The DNR admits the count is more of an estimate&nbsp;than an accurate head count.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:38:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 17342 at http://michiganradio.org Census shows fewer wolves in Michigan's Upper Peninsula Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-feb-27-2014 <p>You’ve heard it before, folks, time and time again. In today's economy, the more education one attains after high school, the better, right? But what if some students might be better served in other settings, academic or otherwise? Is it time for Michigan to develop some credible alternatives for high school grads? We’ll find out more on today’s show.</p><p>Then, we spoke to Daniel Howes about his reporting on Detroit's historic bankruptcy.&nbsp;</p><p>And, Fifth Third Ballpark wants to expand its concessions menu. We took a look at some of the food options fans can vote for, including deep-fried lasagna and a bacon-and-chocolate taco.</p><p>Also, how can we keep young entrepreneurs fresh out of college in Michigan? The Michigan Collegiate Innovation Prize awards them for launching their start-ups in state.</p><p>And, a new fee system for hunting and fishing goes into effect soon, and it’s the first significant raise in over 15 years. We spoke with Ed Golder of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources about what’s behind this increase.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan delivered his first State of the City speech last night before a packed, invitation-only crowd. And his message was clear: We are going to change what it means to live in Detroit.</span></p><p>Even among those who have a "wait-and-see" attitude, the mayor's speech is being praised for what many believe is a refreshing attention to detail and the sense that a team is at work.</p><p>Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer joined us today.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:55:51 +0000 Stateside Staff 16647 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 Hunting and fishing fees raised significantly for 1st time in over 15 years http://michiganradio.org/post/hunting-and-fishing-fees-raised-significantly-1st-time-over-15-years <p>If you like to hunt or fish in Michigan, heads up. There's a new fee system going into effect this coming Saturday, March 1.</p><p>It's the first significant hike in hunting and fishing fees in over 15 years.</p><p>Ed Golder of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources joined us today to tell us what's new and what the increase will go toward.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:54:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 16644 at http://michiganradio.org Hunting and fishing fees raised significantly for 1st time in over 15 years Michigan hoping to lure in anglers with free fishing weekend http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-hoping-lure-anglers-free-fishing-weekend <p>This weekend, state wildlife officials want people to go fish.</p><p></p><p>Today and tomorrow, people can fish in Michigan's lakes and streams without a license.</p><p></p><p>The Department of Natural Resources hopes the free fishing weekends will introduce newcomers, visitors and folks with rusty skills to one of Michigan's most popular sports.</p><p></p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:55:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16464 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan hoping to lure in anglers with free fishing weekend Harsh winter taking a toll on Michigan wildlife http://michiganradio.org/post/harsh-winter-taking-toll-michigan-wildlife <p>Michigan wildlife is struggling this winter, just like the state’s human population.</p><p>State wildlife officials say the next few weeks will be critical for Michigan deer, pheasants, and other animals.</p><p>As the days grow longer, animals become more active.&nbsp;Their metabolisms pick up and they need to forage for more food.</p><p>But when the snow is several feet deep, and a layer of ice coats normal food sources, finding enough food can be a problem.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:12:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16439 at http://michiganradio.org Harsh winter taking a toll on Michigan wildlife Wolf hunt 'didn’t meet objective' http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunt-didn-t-meet-objective <p>Michigan’s top wildlife officials were briefed today on last year’s controversial wolf hunt.</p><p></p><p>23 wolves were killed during the seven-week hunt. That’s well below the target of 43 wolves.</p><p></p><p>Adam Bump is the point man on wolves for the Department of Natural Resources. He delivered the briefing to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission.&nbsp; Bump says the DNR will take the next several months to evaluate how to improve future hunts.</p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:31:43 +0000 Steve Carmody 15964 at http://michiganradio.org Wolf hunt 'didn’t meet objective' Fewer wolves than expected have died so far in Michigan's wolf hunt http://michiganradio.org/post/fewer-wolves-expected-have-died-so-far-michigans-wolf-hunt <p>It’s been a month since hunters took to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to hunt wolves.</p><p>So far, the wolves have been doing better than expected.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Since the start of the hunt, only about 20 wolves have been killed. That's less than half of the 43 wolves state wildlife officials set as the goal to be killed in the hunt.&nbsp;&nbsp; The hunt ends December 31st.&nbsp;</p><p>Adam Bump is the Department of Natural Resources’ point man on wolves.&nbsp; He admits he’s not sure why hunters have had more success bagging wolves in some parts of the U.P. than in other parts.</p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 17:30:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15692 at http://michiganradio.org Fewer wolves than expected have died so far in Michigan's wolf hunt New wolf hunt petitions will start circulating this week http://michiganradio.org/post/new-wolf-hunt-petitions-will-start-circulating-week <p>Beginning Wednesday, Michigan hunting groups will start collecting signatures on a petition to allow wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Today, the Board of State Canvassers approved wording for the petition.</p><p>The pro-hunt petition is intended to counter two petition drives by groups trying to protect the gray wolf.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Since November 15<sup>th</sup>, at least 17 wolves have been killed in the state’s first ever wolf hunt.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:40:52 +0000 Steve Carmody 15496 at http://michiganradio.org New wolf hunt petitions will start circulating this week DNR develops video to help spot young Asian carp http://michiganradio.org/post/dnr-develops-video-help-spot-young-asian-carp <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has developed a video to help anglers identify young Asian carp and prevent them from getting into the Great Lakes.<br /><br />Asian carp are large, voracious fish that have been migrating toward the lakes from Southern rivers. The two most feared varieties are bighead and silver carp.<br /><br />Officials fear that juvenile Asian carp will find their way into the bait supply if anglers confuse them with common baitfish such as gizzard shad and emerald shiners.<br /> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:39:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15474 at http://michiganradio.org DNR develops video to help spot young Asian carp Go on an "owl prowl" http://michiganradio.org/post/go-owl-prowl <p>The Department of Natural Resources is putting on a series of guided night time walks in different state parks and recreation areas, with the goal of trying to spot owls.</p><p>They're called "owl prowls." (Just try and say that five times, fast.)</p><p>Events are scheduled in Livingston, Wayne, Oakland, Clinton, Lenawee, Jackson and Bay Counties. You can find more information <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10365-316092--,00.html">here at the DNR's website.</a><br /><br />The events are free and the organizers suggest that you pre-register.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 01:12:55 +0000 Kyle Norris 15416 at http://michiganradio.org Go on an "owl prowl" DNR: At least 10 wolves killed in Michigan hunt http://michiganradio.org/post/dnr-least-10-wolves-killed-michigan-hunt <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - At least 10 wolves have been killed during Michigan's wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.<br /><br />The state<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12145_12205-32569--,00.html"> Department of Natural Resources</a> updated the results Saturday. The wolf season started on Nov. 15 and runs through December, unless 43 are killed before the end of the year.<br /> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 21:48:43 +0000 The Associated Press 15410 at http://michiganradio.org DNR: At least 10 wolves killed in Michigan hunt Wolf hunters hoping for more wintry weather in the Upper Peninsula http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunters-hoping-more-wintry-weather-upper-peninsula <p><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12145_12205-32569--,00.html">Hunters have killed six wolves</a> during the first three days of Michigan’s controversial wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p>Unseasonably warm weather has played a part in the hunt so far.</p><p>Debbie Munson-Badini is a spokeswoman with the Department of Natural Resources.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; She says snow in the forecast is good news for most hunters in the Upper Peninsula.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:29:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15322 at http://michiganradio.org Wolf hunters hoping for more wintry weather in the Upper Peninsula Hoping to kill a wolf during the upcoming hunt? Your chances are not good http://michiganradio.org/post/hoping-kill-wolf-during-upcoming-hunt-your-chances-are-not-good <p>People planning to take part in Michigan’s historic wolf hunt this year are likely to come home empty-handed.</p><p>State wildlife officials say they designed the hunt expecting only around 4% of hunters to kill a wolf.</p><p>“If we had any other game species, or deer hunting, or rabbit hunting, or squirrel hunting where you’d have 4% success rates, the hunters would be quite upset with us,” said Brian Roell, a wildlife biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.</p><p>“So I think some folks are probably overestimating their ability to harvest a wolf.”</p> Sat, 09 Nov 2013 15:47:00 +0000 Jake Neher 15204 at http://michiganradio.org Hoping to kill a wolf during the upcoming hunt? Your chances are not good Licenses are expected to go on sale later this month for Michigan's planned wolf hunt http://michiganradio.org/post/licenses-are-expected-go-sale-later-month-michigans-planned-wolf-hunt <p>State wildlife officials continue to prepare for this fall’s controversial wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p></p><p>The hunt is set to begin in three zones in the U.P. in mid-November.</p><p></p><p>Hunters will try to kill 43 wolves during the hunt. There are fewer than 700 adult wolves in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p></p><p>Adam Bump is with the Department of Natural Resources. He says they are still working on the logistics for the hunt, including putting hunting licenses up for sale at the end of September.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 04:28:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14233 at http://michiganradio.org Licenses are expected to go on sale later this month for Michigan's planned wolf hunt Wolf hunt opponents continue petition effort http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunt-opponents-continue-petition-effort <p>Opponents of Michigan’s planned wolf hunt are training petition circulators this weekend for the effort to put a second referendum on the ballot.</p><p>A big part of the training will be to answer the question “Didn’t we already do this?”</p><p></p><p>The answer is yes….and no.</p><p></p><p>Last winter, wolf hunting opponents collected enough signatures to put the issue on the November 2014 ballot and sidetrack plans for a wolf hunt this fall. But state lawmakers passed a new law this Spring and put the hunt back on track.</p><p></p> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 17:46:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13919 at http://michiganradio.org Wolf hunt opponents continue petition effort Stateside for Monday, July 15th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-july-15th-2013 <p>Democrats in the state House have introduced a package of bills that would add more state regulations to the process of hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking.’ We spoke to a co-sponsor of the legislation on today's show.</p><p>And, as the use of meth makes headlines across the state, we talked to one woman about her recovery and what she's doing for other addicts.</p><p>And, it’s going to be a hot week for Michiganders. We took a look at what health concerns are related to the increased temperatures.</p><p>Also, we spoke with Gary Whelan of the State Department of Natural Resources about what is being done to keep the Great Lakes stocked with fish.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he debate over expanding Medicaid in Michigan continues.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Snyder is still pushing for the state Senate to vote on the legislation. It would expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of low-income adults in the state. The state House has already approved it.</span></p><p>Over the weekend, Mark Schauer waded into the debate.</p><p>Schauer – a Democrat – is running for Governor in 2014. He said on Saturday that he does not understand why Governor Snyder is not calling the Legislature into a special session.</p><p>Rick Pluta and Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio’s “It’s Just Politics” team, joined us today to answer Mark Shauer’s question.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:17:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 13543 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, July 15th, 2013 Lilly the deer can stay in her Genesee County home http://michiganradio.org/post/lilly-deer-can-stay-her-genesee-county-home <p>State wildlife officials have agreed to let a Genesee County family keep its pet deer.</p><p></p><p>Lilly the deer was born shortly after her mother was struck and killed in an auto accident. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>A family took the animal in and for the past five years has raised it as a pet.&nbsp; Lilly has the run of the house and the fenced-in yard.</p><p></p><p>But it’s against the law in Michigan to keep a deer as a pet. After receiving a complaint, the Department of Natural Resources tried to remove Lilly from the home.</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:13:57 +0000 Steve Carmody 13220 at http://michiganradio.org Lilly the deer can stay in her Genesee County home DNR steps up salvaging of diseased Michigan trees http://michiganradio.org/post/dnr-steps-salvaging-diseased-michigan-trees <p>TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is stepping up salvaging of trees that are dying from infestations of the emerald ash borer and beech bark disease.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 15:26:17 +0000 The Associated Press 12621 at http://michiganradio.org DNR steps up salvaging of diseased Michigan trees Setting aside land in Michigan for biodiversity? Casperson says 'check with us first' http://michiganradio.org/post/setting-aside-land-michigan-biodiversity-casperson-says-check-us-first <p><em>The following is a summary of</em><em> a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.</em></p><p>The State Department of Natural Resources has been in the planning process of this idea to create what it calls Biodiversity Stewardship Areas.</p><p>These areas would include both state and private land.</p><p>All the stakeholders were on board in the early planning process - hunting groups, environmentalists - most everyone - until someone became alarmed because the plan could have potentially stopped human access to some areas.</p><p>Well, if you even hint that hunters or timber companies can’t have access, you’ve got a problem.</p><p>State Senator Tom Casperson (R- Escanaba) <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28dgvif355fowllt23zjk1bu55%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&amp;objectname=2013-SB-0078">has introduced a bill</a> that would prohibit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources from setting aside an area of land specifically for the purpose of maintaining biological diversity.</p><p>In part it reads:</p><p><em>THE DEPARTMENT, DIRECTOR, OR COMMISSION SHALL NOT PROMULGATE OR ENFORCE A RULE OR ISSUE OR ENFORCE AN ORDER UNDER THIS ACT THAT DESIGNATES OR CLASSIFIES AN AREA OF LAND SPECIFICALLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF ACHIEVING OR MAINTAINING BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY...</em></p><p>According to Casperson, the MDNR should request approval for each proposal from the State Legislature.</p><p>“It’s not that they can’t do it, but it needs oversight,” Casperson said in an interview with Michigan Radio’s Lester Graham. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:40:22 +0000 Stateside Staff 11651 at http://michiganradio.org Setting aside land in Michigan for biodiversity? Casperson says 'check with us first'