endangered species 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 2 Michigan hunters face charges for illegally killing cougar http://michiganradio.org/post/2-michigan-hunters-face-charges-illegally-killing-cougar <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State Natural Resources officials say two Bay County men face charges after a cougar was illegally killed in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.<br /><br />Officials say Friday in a release that conservation officers arrested the men after receiving a tip that the cat was killed at a hunting camp in northeast Schoolcraft County.<br /><br />The case will be turned over to the county prosecutor.<br /> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 17:49:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15796 at http://michiganradio.org 2 Michigan hunters face charges for illegally killing cougar Endangered mussel delaying Grand River whitewater project http://michiganradio.org/post/endangered-mussel-delaying-grand-river-whitewater-project <p>North America has the most diverse population of freshwater mussels in the world. There are roughly 300 species. But almost 40 have gone extinct in recent history. The presence of one kind of <a href="http://www.fws.gov/Midwest/endangered/clams/snuffbox/index.html">endangered freshwater mussel </a>is delaying projects to restore parts of the Grand River in West Michigan.</p><p>To find out more, I meet up with <a href="http://ecologicalspecialists.com/">Heidi Dunn and her two-man crew </a>at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids. They’re hunting for a beloved endangered animal - well, an endangered mussel – that Dunn loves.</p><p>“They’re not the charismatic megafauna. You know, like eagles and bears and other things like that. These are not warm cuddly fuzzies. They’re biological rocks,” Dunn said.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:43:43 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14937 at http://michiganradio.org Endangered mussel delaying Grand River whitewater project The 'State of the Bird' in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/state-bird-michigan <p>Did you know that May is the height of birding season?</p><p>Our State Bird is the robin, but there are literally hundreds of species who call Michigan home.</p><p>Teresa Duran knows about the wide assortment of birds we can find in our own back yards and gardens, and how important it is that we preserve land to keep these hundreds of species thriving.</p><p>She is the publisher of Nature Conservancy Magazine, and she joined us in the studio today to discuss the many different species of birds found in our state and what role they play in our environment.</p><p>To read the Nature Conservancy Magazine's story on birding, go to <a href="http://magazine.nature.org">magazine.nature.org</a>.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above. </em> Mon, 20 May 2013 20:57:08 +0000 Stateside Staff 12645 at http://michiganradio.org The 'State of the Bird' in Michigan Michigan group prepping Kirtland's warbler to come off endangered species list http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-group-prepping-kirtlands-warbler-come-endangered-species-list <p>The <a href="http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/birds/Kirtland/">Kirtland’s warbler</a> is a songbird with an enviable travel schedule. The birds spend the winter in the Bahamas, and in the spring, they come home to the Great Lakes region – mostly to Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.</p><p>The warbler has been on the endangered species list for 40 years. But it’s been doing well lately. Federal officials say the birds have met their recovery goal.</p><p>But it’ll take a lot of work to manage the birds even after they’re taken off the endangered species list.</p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:11:49 +0000 Rebecca Williams 11419 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan group prepping Kirtland's warbler to come off endangered species list Lawsuit filed to protect Great Lakes wolf population http://michiganradio.org/post/lawsuit-filed-protect-great-lakes-wolf-population <p>The Humane Society along with several other groups filed a lawsuit in federal court today to put a stop to gray wolf hunting in the Great Lakes Region.</p><p>The lawsuit is against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the <a href="http://www.fws.gov/endangered/laws-policies/index.html">Endangered Species List</a>.</p><p>If its successful, the lawsuit would place the wolves back under federal protection. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:34:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11205 at http://michiganradio.org Lawsuit filed to protect Great Lakes wolf population Commentary: Saving our species http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-saving-our-species <p>Here’s a little episode in Michigan history that you probably don’t know, and about which we have reason to be ashamed.</p><p>If you could take a time machine back to Petoskey in the spring 1878, you would have seen a stunning sight. An immense flock of passenger pigeons descended from the skies to form the world’s largest recorded wild pigeon roost.</p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:18:53 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9282 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Saving our species U.S. Forest Service restoring endangered butterfly habitat in West Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/us-forest-service-restoring-endangered-butterfly-habitat-west-michigan <p>The Karner blue butterfly, an endangered species native to parts of the Midwest, including Michigan, is getting some help from the U.S. environmental authorities.</p><p>The Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>The U.S. Forest Service is restoring a savannah-type landscape in the southern part of the Manistee National Forest to create habitat for the endangered Karner blue butterfly.<br /><br />Officials say the work will take place this summer in Muskegon and Oceana counties. The goal is to create a grassy environment that will promote growth of colorful lupine plants, on which the butterflies feed during their caterpillar stage.<br /><br />Other species that thrive in such a setting include Hill&#39;s thistle, the golden-winged warbler, dusted skipper, and eastern box turtle. It&#39;s also good for game species such as wild turkey, white-tailed deer and ruffed grouse.<br /><br />The Forest Service will remove some trees and set controlled fires to develop the savannah habitat. It also will close many unauthorized &quot;two-track&quot; roads that cause erosion.</p></blockquote><p>More information about efforts to protect the Karner blue can <a href="http://environmentreport.org/story.php?story_id=1251">be found on the Environment Report</a>, or if you are feeling festive, consider attending the <a href="http://downtownblackriverfalls.net/karnerblue">Karner Blue Butterfly Festival&nbsp; </a>this summer in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.</p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:02:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7836 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Forest Service restoring endangered butterfly habitat in West Michigan Gray wolves in Michigan officially off endangered list http://michiganradio.org/post/gray-wolves-michigan-officially-endangered-list <p>Gray wolves in Michigan are no longer on the federal government&rsquo;s endangered species list.</p><p>The decision shifts the responsibility for managing wolves to Michigan wildlife officials.</p><p>It also means that farmers and pet owners can shoot wolves that attack livestock or dogs.</p><p>Ed Golder is with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.</p><p>&ldquo;The important thing here is that people have greater power to address issues with wolves and we certainly want to help with that,&rdquo; Golder said. &ldquo;We encourage people to find non-lethal means to deal with wolves and we are available for consultation on that, but where these particular instances are occurring with livestock and with dogs, people have some power that they didn&rsquo;t have before.&rdquo;</p><p>Even though wolves in Michigan have been removed from the federal endangered species list, Golder said wolves remain on the state&#39;s &ldquo;protected species&rdquo; list -- and it is still illegal to hunt or trap wolves that don&rsquo;t pose an immediate threat to dogs or livestock.</p><p>The gray wolf was once nearly extinct in the Upper Midwest. There are now nearly a thousand gray wolves in Michigan, mostly in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p><em>*Correction - an earlier version of this story said &quot;wolves remain on Michigan&rsquo;s &ldquo;threatened species&rdquo; list.&quot; The animals remain on the state&#39;s protected species list. The copy has been corrected above.</em> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 21:37:29 +0000 Rick Pluta 5986 at http://michiganradio.org Gray wolves in Michigan officially off endangered list Feds re-open comment period on gray wolf de-listing http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-re-open-comment-period-gray-wolf-de-listing <p>Last May, the federal government proposed dropping gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region off the endangered species list... <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/congress-remove-michigans-gray-wolves-endangered-species-list">again</a>.</p><p>The public&nbsp; comment period on that proposal ended July 5, but now the federal agency in charge of the Endangered Species Act wants to open the comment period back up.</p><p>The reason? They want to get their scientific history right.</p><p>The federal government historically had the gray wolf ranging in 48 states.</p><p>But in all or parts of 29 eastern states there was actually a different wolf species - aptly named the &quot;eastern wolf.&quot;</p><p>Scientists suspect the gray wolf species did not historically range in these 29 states.</p><p>In their <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/feds-want-states-manage-wolves-around-great-lakes">proposal </a>to de-list the gray wolf in the western Great Lakes region, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also proposed <span id="VOCUSHTML" style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:10pt;"><span style="font-size: 16px"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif">to revise the range of the gray wolf, and to establish the range of the eastern wolf.</span></span></span></p><p>From a <a href="http://us.vocuspr.com/Newsroom/Query.aspx?SiteName=fws&amp;Entity=PRAsset&amp;SF_PRAsset_PRAssetID_EQ=128185&amp;XSL=PressRelease&amp;Cache=True">USFWS. press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p><span id="VOCUSHTML" style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:10pt;"><span style="font-size: 16px"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif">the Service received significant comments from states and other stakeholders concerning North American wolf taxonomy. The Service is seeking all information, data, and comments from the public with respect to any new information relevant to the taxonomy of wolves in North America.</span></span></span></p></blockquote><p>So if you want to weigh in on the taxonomic history of gray wolves and eastern wolves, you have 30 days to do so starting tomorrow. Thu, 25 Aug 2011 19:39:47 +0000 Mark Brush 3917 at http://michiganradio.org Feds re-open comment period on gray wolf de-listing Number of bald eagles in Michigan rising http://michiganradio.org/post/number-bald-eagles-michigan-rising <p>The number of bald eagles in Michigan has risen to 700 eagle pairs, up 70 from last year, according to the Associated Press.</p><p>Here&#39;s more from <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-mi-baldeaglecomeback,0,6107718.story">the AP article</a> (care of the <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-mi-baldeaglecomeback,0,6107718.story">Chicago Tribune</a>):</p> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 18:29:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3245 at http://michiganradio.org Number of bald eagles in Michigan rising Congress to remove Michigan's gray wolves from endangered species list? http://michiganradio.org/post/congress-remove-michigans-gray-wolves-endangered-species-list <p>At the moment, the federal government manages the gray wolf populations in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. But federal officials say the wolves in these states are doing great, and <a href="http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/Interior-Announces-Next-Steps-in-Protection-Recovery-and-Scientific-Management-of-Wolves.cfm">they want to hand management over to the states</a>.</p><p>This isn&rsquo;t the first time federal officials have tried to take wolves off the endangered species list. Wolves were delisted in 2007... but that delisting was <a href="http://www.defenders.org/newsroom/press_releases_folder/2008/02_27_2008_eleven_conservation_groups_challenge_federal_wolf_delisting.php">challenged in court</a> by some environmental groups. And wolves were put back on the list.</p><p>Some members of Congress are trying to make sure these kinds of lawsuits don&rsquo;t happen again.</p><p><a href="http://candicemiller.house.gov/">Candice Miller</a> represents Michigan&rsquo;s 10th district. It&rsquo;s in the Thumb. She just introduced a bill that would amend the Endangered Species Act... and remove wolves from the list. Her bill would make it more difficult for anybody to sue over that decision.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;You have a number of anti-hunting groups and they constantly tie these decisions up in court. I think this legislation is a huge tool to be used so the courts don&rsquo;t have these things happening.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>She says her office has been approached by sportsmen and farmers worried about wolves preying on deer, moose and livestock.</p><p>Michigan&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/Draft_Wolf_Management_Plan_030708_227742_7.pdf">wolf management plan</a> does not call for a hunting season for wolves. The state legislature would have to decide that.</p><p> Tue, 17 May 2011 15:03:55 +0000 Rebecca Williams 2531 at http://michiganradio.org Congress to remove Michigan's gray wolves from endangered species list? Feds want states to manage wolves around the Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-want-states-manage-wolves-around-great-lakes <p>The U.S. Department of Interior&#39;s Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that it plans to remove the western Great Lakes gray wolf population from the Endangered Species list.</p><p>These are wolves found in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and areas adjoining these states.</p><p>Acting Service Director Rowan Gould was quoted in today&#39;s <a href="http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/Interior-Announces-Next-Steps-in-Protection-Recovery-and-Scientific-Management-of-Wolves.cfm">press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes are recovered and no longer warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. Under this proposed rule, which takes into account the latest taxonomic information about the species, we will return management of gray wolves in the Great Lakes to state wildlife professionals. We are confident that wolves will continue to thrive under the approved state management plans.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>There will be a sixty-day comment period before the rule is finalized.</p><p>Mary Detloff, a spokesperson for the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/">Michigan Department of Natural Resources</a>, says the state supports the decision and is ready to take over management of the species:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;The most recent estimate that we have of the minimum winter population for wolves in Michigan is around 687 animals which far exceeds our recovery goal here in the state. Our recovery goal was around 200-300 wolves.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Detloff says delisting the wolf would allow the state to deal with problem wolves. Wed, 04 May 2011 21:16:18 +0000 Mark Brush 2353 at http://michiganradio.org Feds want states to manage wolves around the Great Lakes Feds says wolverine 'should' be on endangered species list http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-says-wolverine-should-be-endangered-species-list <P><SPAN lang=EN>Though long gone from Michigan, the wolverine can be found in other parts of the US and Canada.&nbsp;&nbsp; But in declining numbers:</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN lang=EN>The Associated Press reports: </SPAN></P> <P><SPAN lang=EN>The U.S. Mon, 13 Dec 2010 17:35:54 +0000 565 at http://michiganradio.org Feds says wolverine 'should' be on endangered species list