migratory birds http://michiganradio.org en Why are Great Lakes birds dying from botulism? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-are-great-lakes-birds-dying-botulism <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine walking down a picturesque beach along Lake Michigan, and stumbling upon the carcasses of dead birds. That’s a very real and unpleasant problem along Lakes Michigan, Huron, Ontario and Erie. (It’s not as big of an issue in Lake Superior because of the lake’s colder water temperatures.)</span></p><p>Loons and other deep-diving birds are suffering from a disease called avian botulism. It’s form of food poisoning that kills wild birds in the Great Lakes ecosystem.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:58:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 15717 at http://michiganradio.org Why are Great Lakes birds dying from botulism? Non-profit buys an island in Lake Michigan – ‘a wild, beautiful spot’ for migrating birds http://michiganradio.org/post/non-profit-buys-island-lake-michigan-wild-beautiful-spot-migrating-birds <p>The Nature Conservancy has purchased an uninhabited island in northern Lake Michigan that provides a crucial stopover spot for migratory birds.</p><p>St. Martin Island is part of a chain that runs between Wisconsin's Door Peninsula and Michigan's Garden Peninsula.</p><p>Millions of sparrows, warblers and other birds stop on the chain to take a break and feed before continuing their migration. According to a <a href="http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/michigan/newsroom/tnc-protects-lake-michigan-island.xml">release issued by the group today</a>:</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:31:46 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15465 at http://michiganradio.org Non-profit buys an island in Lake Michigan – ‘a wild, beautiful spot’ for migrating birds It's getting colder, but hummingbirds haven't left the state yet http://michiganradio.org/post/its-getting-colder-hummingbirds-havent-left-state-yet <p>With the chill in the air now, you might guess that most hummingbirds would have ditched Michigan for a more tropical place.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Ruby-throated hummingbird is the bird you’re most likely to see in Michigan, and it has flown south, for the most part.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But Allen </span>Chartier<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> still wants you to keep an eye out on your backyard feeders.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He studies hummingbirds and he’s the project director for </span><a href="http://www.amazilia.net/MIHummerNet/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Great Lakes&nbsp;Hummernet</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“The chances that what you’re looking at is a Ruby-throat is about 50/50, because there are western species that start showing up.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says you might get a chance to see a </span>Rufous<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> hummingbird.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I kind of think of these little birds as each one has certain superpowers, and the Ruby-throat’s superpower is that it’s the smallest bird that can fly across the Gulf of Mexico nonstop. Now the </span>Rufous<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> hummingbird’s superpower is that it’s very cold tolerant. So there are many of these birds that have stayed around in Michigan and Ohio until January and then they move on.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says the males are a reddish-brown color with a glowing orange throat and a white breast. But the females look a lot like Ruby-throats.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So if you see one, take a picture of it and e-mail to </span>Chartier<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. He says he’ll identify the bird and use your sighting in his research.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here’s his e-mail address:&nbsp;</span><a href="mailto:amazilia3@gmail.com" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;" target="_blank">amazilia3 at gmail.com</a></p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:02:14 +0000 Rebecca Williams 14976 at http://michiganradio.org It's getting colder, but hummingbirds haven't left the state yet Report: Climate change threatening migratory birds http://michiganradio.org/post/report-climate-change-threatening-migratory-birds <p>Environmental groups say climate change is the biggest threat in the 21st century to migratory birds in the Great Lakes.</p><p></p><p>Every year, hundreds of migratory bird species pass through the Great Lakes region.</p><p>But a new National Wildlife Federation report says climate change is reducing the range that these birds need to survive the journey.</p><p></p><p>The report says climate change is affecting where migratory birds can feed and raise their young.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:37:44 +0000 Steve Carmody 13108 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Climate change threatening migratory birds