U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 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 Obama administration proposes lifting federal protection for most wolves http://michiganradio.org/post/obama-administration-proposes-lifting-federal-protection-most-wolves <p>The Obama administration announced a proposal to lift the federal protection of gray wolves in 48 states.&nbsp;</p><p>The director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dan Ashe, said wolves have recovered.</p><p>According to Matthew Brown and John Flesher of the Associated Press, <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/APNewsBreak-Plan-lifts-Lower-48-wolf-protections-4586593.php" target="_blank">Ashe cited the wolf population as having "successfully rebounded." </a></p><p>Ashe said that "science is an important part of this decision, but really the key is the policy question of when a species is recovered. Does the wolf have to occupy all the habitat that is available to it in order for it to be recovered? Our answer to that question is no."</p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 20:22:53 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12950 at http://michiganradio.org Obama administration proposes lifting federal protection for most wolves 'The Wolverine State' without any wolverines http://michiganradio.org/post/wolverine-state-without-any-wolverines <p>We've got the nickname "The Wolverine State," and of course, the University of Michigan and the Wolverines are forever linked.</p><p>But the wolverine never called Michigan home.</p><p>The wolverine population in the United States is anything but big. An estimated 250-300 wolverines live in the lower 48 states.</p><p>One of the experts who devotes herself to protecting the wolverine is, in fact, a "Wolverine."</p><p>Bridget Fahey is a 1997 graduate of U-M's School of Natural Resources and Environment.</p><p>These days, Fahey is the Endangered Species Chief with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the mountain prairie region.</p><p>She joined us today to talk about wolverines.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Wed, 01 May 2013 22:03:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 12370 at http://michiganradio.org 'The Wolverine State' without any wolverines Michigan turtles still feeling effects of oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-turtles-still-feeling-effects-oil-spill <p>According to an <a href="http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20111104/OILSPILL/111040320/1002/NEWS01">article</a> in the Battle Creek Enquirer, turtles are still suffering negative effects from last year&#39;s oil spill in west Michigan&#39;s Talmadge Creek and Kalamazoo River.</p><p>Scientists including Bob Doherty have been working to rehabilitate affected turtles and document the extent of the damage to turtle populations caused by remaining submerged oil.</p><p>Doherty is under contract with Enbridge Inc., the company responsible for the spill.</p><p>Doherty and his staff will administer care to some 30 rescued turtles in the coming months who are not healthy enough to return to the wild for winter hibernation. Mon, 07 Nov 2011 19:23:38 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 4860 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan turtles still feeling effects of oil spill Good news for rare songbird in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/good-news-rare-songbird-michigan <p>Kirtland&#39;s warblers are moving south to their winter home in the Bahamas (lucky devils), but before they left Michigan, researchers counted 1,805 singing males.</p><p>That&#39;s less than the high in 2009 (1,826 singing males) but more than last year&#39;s count (1,773 singing males), and researchers say it&#39;s a sign of a healthy population.</p><p>From the Associated Press&#39; Environment Writer, John Flesher:</p> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 21:00:55 +0000 Mark Brush 4211 at http://michiganradio.org Good news for rare songbird in Michigan 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