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2012 News

 

2012 Marks a Banner Year for Endangered Kirtland’s Warblers

Male Kirtland's warbler in a jack pine branch.

Photo by Ron Austing

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that 2012 has been a banner year for endangered Kirtland’s warblers.  Survey results of the rare bird in Michigan and Wisconsin scored a new record, with 2,090 singing males, up from 1,828 last year.   

 

“It was only 1987 when we tied an all-time low of 167 singing males.  This is a pretty remarkable recovery -- 12 times the population size from where it was just a short 25 years ago,” said Scott Hicks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s East Lansing Field Office Supervisor. 

 

Biologists, researchers and volunteers in Michigan observed 2,063 singing males during the official 2012 survey period – up from 1,805 in 2011. In Wisconsin, volunteers and paid monitors found and tracked singing male Kirtland’s warblers and were able to monitor nesting.  

 

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Silent Spring - 50th Anniversary

To commemorate Silent Spring's 50th Anniversary, our Environmental Contaminant Specialists have written a series of articles about some of their modern problems and projects, and how those relate back to Rachel Carson's work and her findings in Silent Spring. Here is the first in the series.

 

A Legacy Continues within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Environmental Contaminants Program

 

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Robins dying on the Michigan State University campus was one of the first symptoms of the effect that DDT was having on bird populations.

Photo by USFWS; Donna Dewhurst

 

 

After years of witnessing American robins dying or dead on her lawn each spring, a St. Louis, Michigan, resident sent two dead robins to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Disease Laboratory.  Upon examination of the robins, the Michigan DNR sent the birds to a lab at Michigan State University where concentrations of DDT and its metabolites DDD and DDE were found in the robins’ brain tissue.  Soon thereafter, on June 22, 2012, the headline in The Morning Sun, a central Michigan newspaper read, “Dead Robins in St. Louis Poisoned by DDT.”  Yes, it was 2012 and, ironically, the date marked the 50th year since Rachel Carson, “launched the environmental movement” by explaining the history and effects of pesticides on our nation’s wildlife in her book, Silent Spring

 

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East Lansing Field Office Provides Presentation about Michigan's Threatened and Endangered Species at Local Nature Center

October 20, 2012

 

Visitors to the Seven Ponds Nature Center in Dryden, Michigan, learned more about the state's threatened and endangered species during a presentation by East Lansing Field Office biologist Barbara Hosler. Read more >>

 

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Comment Period Reopened for Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for Midwest Wind Energy Facilities

October 3, 2012

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period for accepting information and ideas from the public on a proposal to develop a Habitat Conservation Plan for wind energy facilities in the Midwest. The new comment period ends Dec. 3, 2012.

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Midwest Wind Energy Conservation Plan in Eight States

August 29, 2012

 

wind turbines in farm field with cows.

 

To ensure conservation of federally-listed species while meeting the growing demand for rapid approval of wind energy plants, the Service and a coalition of eight states, The Conservation Fund, and representatives of the wind energy industry are preparing a Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan. This is an incidental take permitting program for federally listed species that may be impacted by existing and future wind energy projects in the Midwest Region.

 

The Service published a Notice of Intent to prepare a Midwest Wind Multi-species Habitat Conservation Plan in the August 30, 2012 Federal Register.  The purpose of the Notice of Intent is to let interested parties and the public know that we, in cooperation with our planning partners, are preparing this Multi-species HCP, and we would like to receive their input, suggestions and information at this stage in the planning process.  The Notice of Intent opens a 30-day public comment period that will close on October 1, 2012.

The Multi-species HCP will cover participating wind energy facilities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

 

News Release (Aug. 29, 2012): U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public input to conserve endangered species in the Midwest while encouraging clean energy

 

Federal Register Notice of Intent to Prepare Midwest Wind Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan Within Eight State Planning Area (2-page PDF Adobe pdf icon)

 

Questions and Answers: Midwest Wind Energy Habitat Conservation Plan in Eight States

 

Background information on the Midwest Wind Multi-species HCP

 

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Accomplishment Report

East Lansing Biologists Search for Invasive Species Damage on Threatened Pitcher's Thistle

August 15, 2012

 

East Lansing Field Office biologists collect damaged seed heads of Pitcher's thistle in northern Michigan.

East Lansing Field Office biologists collect damaged seed heads of Pitcher's thistle in northern Michigan.

 

Photo Credit by USFWS: Barbara Hosler

Biologists from the East Lansing Ecological Services Field Office spent three days in August at Wilderness State Park in northern Michigan to search for signs of damaged seed heads on Pitcher's thistle, a federally listed species. A non-native species of weevil, which was introduced to fight non-native invasive thistles (such as Canada thistle and bull thistle), had first been reported on Pitcher's thistle in the park at the end of July. Because the extent of the threat that non-native weevils pose to Pitcher's thistle is currently uncertain, ELFO biologists, with assistance from researchers at East Carolina University, collected Pitcher's thistle seed heads with signs of damage to begin to assess the level of weevil infestation. More than 150 seed heads were collected and sent to the Chicago Botanic Garden, where botanists will analyze the seed heads for weevil presence. Pitcher's thistle is a Great Lakes endemic that occurs in dune ecosystems and is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

 

Field Notes

 

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Accomplishment Report

Collaboration Key to Success of Dead River Restoration in Michigan

August 15, 2012

 

Mitch Koetje, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, addresses celebration participants on the bank of the Dead River in the City of Marquette.

Mitch Koetje, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, addresses celebration participants on the bank of the Dead River in the City of Marquette.

 

Photo by USFWS; Christie Deloria

Recently the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality held a celebration recognizing and marking the completion of a decade-long effort to restore the Dead River in Marquette County, Michigan. The celebration, attended by MDEQ director Dan Wyant, State Senator Tom Casperson, Marquette Mayor John Kivela, representatives from Governor Rick Synder’s office, and many others, highlighted the importance of collaboration and partnerships in turning an unfortunate event into a restoration success. In 2003, a dike breach at Silver Lake, a 1,500- acre storage reservoir owned by Upper Peninsula Power Company, sent 9 billion gallons of water rushing downstream toward the City of Marquette. The resulting flood caused an estimated $100 million in damages when streamside homes, camps, bridges, dams and public access sites where damaged or destroyed, and power, gas, and telephone services were interrupted. The environmental damage was also significant. The flood event mobilized approximately 1 million cubic yards of sediment and debris. Four miles of river channel below Silver Lake was devastated as the torrent of water scoured a new channel and deposited sediment into adjacent wetlands.

 

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Accomplishment Report

Hine's Emerald Dragonfly to Benefit from Groundwater Mapping

 

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Hine's emerald dragonflies emerge as adults in late summer to mate and lay eggs. Their bright emerald-green eyes place them in the "emerald" family.

Photo by USFWS; Christie DeLoria

 

August 7, 2012

 

Coastal Program biologist Christie Deloria recently kicked off efforts to map groundwater contribution areas for the endangered Hine's emerald dragonfly in Michigan. Planning partners1 met to begin working on a hierarchical model that will map areas important to sustaining the fens used by this dragonfly.

 

The larvae of Hine's emerald dragonfly grow and develop in calcium-rich fens for 3 to 4 years before they emerge as adults, then mate and die. Water in fens is primarily from groundwater sources. So, it is not only important to protect the fens, but also to protect land surfaces that contribute to the groundwater "recharge" of the fens. Once the recharge areas are understood, we can carry out appropriate conservation actions (such as land acquisition, easements, or improving private landowner awareness) to help ensure good water quality and long-term conservation of the Hine's emerald dragonfly and its habitat.

 

Michigan State University's environmental and civil engineering department, which helped with a similar groundwater modeling effort for the endangered Mitchell's satyr butterfly, will lead the effort. Funding to initiate this project came through the Coastal Program - Great Lakes Restoration Iniative and the Hiawatha National Forest.

 

1Planning Partners: FWS East Lansing and Chicago Field Offices, Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, The Nature Conservancy and Michigan State University

 

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Accomplishment Report

Spill Drill: Enbridge Line 5 release of crude oil to Saginaw River and Bay from Bay City, Michigan

August 1, 2012

 

East Lansing Michigan Environmental Contaminant Biologists participated in a spill drill sponsored by the Saginaw River All Hazards Committee of the Southeast Michigan Area Committee. Service staff provided input, advice and assistance, in particular discussing issues specific to the region's public trust natural resources. Some important issues discussed included critical habitat, migratory birds, interjurisdictional fish, federally listed threatened and endangered species, invasive species and Natural Resource Damage Assessment. Service staff also met with local licensed wildlife rehabilitators to discuss information, contingencies and planning for appropriate regional wildlife response. FWS reviewed their capabilities and suggested ways they might improve their readiness.

 

Under the National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program, the oil pipeline company Enbridge Inc. and response agencies including appropriate industry, local, state and federal government agencies and industry held the spill drill/table top exercise Wednesday August 1, 2012. The exercise was a simulated release of 205,422 gallons of light sweet crude oil from the catastrophic failure of an oil pipeline that crosses the Saginaw River in Bay City, Michigan.

 

The tabletop exercise focused on multi-agency notification and initial response coordination including use of the Unified Command System under the Southeast Michigan Area Contingency Plan. The purpose was to test responders' readiness and improve contingency plans and communication to deal with potential spills in the Bay City, Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay area.

 

Local industry participating included the sponsor Enbridge Inc., Consumers Energy, Marathon Oil, Bay Aggregate, Young’s Environmental, Marine Pollution Control and local wildlife rehabilitators.

 

Participating agencies included local fire and police departments, Bay County emergency management agency, Bay County Health Department, Michigan State Police, National Weather Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Department of Community Health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Coast Guard SECTOR Detroit, the U.S. Transportation Security Agency, and  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Environmental Contaminants staff from the East Lansing Field Office.

 

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Award presentation

 

July 27, 2012

Dr. Carol Bocetti of the California University of Pennsylvania, who leads the recovery team for the endangered Kirtland’s warbler, was among 56 teams and nine individuals honored as 2011 Recovery Champions by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Dr. Bocetti received her award from Service Acting Midwest Regional Director Charlie Wooley.

 

Dr. Bocetti was recognized for her work with the Kirtland’s warbler, an endangered songbird found only in Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario.  Dr. Bocetti’s research and recovery initiatives have been a key factor in the growth of the warbler population from near record lows of about 200 pairs during the mid-1980s to the current estimate of more than 1,8700 pairs, surpassing recovery goals.   Her research also documented the link between the size of jack pine stands – the warbler’s nesting habitat - and warbler productivity. 

 

A member of the Kirtland’s warbler recovery team since 1998, Dr. Bocetti became the team leader in 2006. Working with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, the U. S. Forest Service, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others, she spearheaded efforts to develop a conservation strategy and commitment to managing habitat, a significant step toward recovery and long-term conservation of the species.

 

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Federally Endangered Water Beetle Remains On-Site Following Construction at Stewart Creek

June 28, 2012

 

The federally endangered Hungerford’s crawling water beetle was discovered in Stewart Creek, a tributary of the Black River (Montmorency County, Mich.) in July of 1999. The beetles were located upstream and downstream of the Stewart Creek crossing on Blue Lakes Road. The culvert located at the crossing was in poor condition, and an estimated 43 tons of silt and sediment washed into the creek from the road annually. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program teamed up with Huron Pines, the Upper Black River Council and the Montmorency County Road Commission in 2012 to pool funding and resources to improve the road crossing.

 

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East Lansing Field Office provides outreach to the Au Sable Institute

June 20, 2012

On June 19 and 20, 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s East Lansing Field Office presented the Au Sable Institute an opportunity to learn about Kirtland’s warbler and its habitat. Located in Mancelona, Michigan, the Au Sable Institute provides field-based courses in environmental studies and environmental science to students from all across the United States and Canada. Each summer, the entire faculty and student body visits the jack pine plains of northern Lower Michigan to study the Kirtland's warbler and its unique habitat.

 

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ThirdGraders Enjoy Kirtland's Warbler Education

June 1, 2012

 

In late May and early June of 2012, biologists from the East Lansing Field Office travelled to elementary schools in northern Lower Michigan, to educate approximately 365 third graders about the Kirtland’s warbler. Biologists visited classrooms to introduce students to endangered species and the plight of the Kirtland’s warbler through an interactive presentation and educational game.

 

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News Release

Recovery Plan Outlines Steps to Help Rare Plant

Dwarf lake iris

Photo by USFWS; Joel Trick

 

May 30, 2012

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced availability of a draft recovery plan for the threatened dwarf lake iris, a species native to the Great Lakes coastline of Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada.

 

The recovery plan provides federal, state and tribal natural resource managers and their partners with a blueprint of actions needed to prevent the extinction of the plant and recover it to the point that protection under the Endangered Species Act is no longer needed. Recovery actions focus on conserving the iris’ habitat through a variety of protection strategies, including the preparation of management and monitoring plans. Additional efforts will focus on improving understanding of dwarf lake iris ecology.

 

Listed as threatened by the Service in 1988, the dwarf lake iris occurs along the shorelines of northern lakes Huron and Michigan, where it ranges from the Door Peninsula of northeastern Wisconsin eastward through the Mackinaw Straits region of Michigan and then south to the Bruce Peninsula of Ontario. Dwarf lake iris typically grows in shallow soil over moist sand, gravel and beach rubble, and limestone crevices. Dwarf lake iris is vulnerable to both natural processes, such as shading from forest growth, and human activities that can modify or destroy its habitat.

 

Copies of the Recovery Plan for the dwarf lake iris are available from the East Lansing, Michigan Field Office, 2651 Coolidge Road, Suite 101, East Lansing, Michigan 48823. The plan may also be downloaded from the Service’s website at: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered. Comments may be submitted to the East Lansing Field Office at the address above, and must be received by June 29, 2012.

 

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

 

Connect with our Facebook page at facebook.com/usfwsmidwest, follow our tweets at twitter.com/usfwsmidwest, watch our YouTube Channel at youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at flickr.com/photos/usfwsmidwest.

 

Draft Recovery Plan (68-page PDF; 500KB)

 

FR Notice of Availability (2-page PDF)

 

Dwarf Lake Iris Information

 

 

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News Release

Tours Offered to View Endangered Kirtland’s Warbler

Singing male Kirtland's warbler in a jack pine.

Photo by USFWS; Joel Trick

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and Michigan Audubon Society are again providing opportunities to catch a glimpse of the endangered Kirtland’s warbler in northern Michigan this spring and summer. 

 

The Fish and Wildlife Service and Michigan Audubon Society will lead tours from the Grayling, Michigan, Ramada Inn from May 15 through July 4. Tours are offered weekdays at 7 am and on weekends and holidays at 7 am and 11 am. 

 

“This is an incredible opportunity to observe the endangered Kirtland’s warbler and view nesting areas,” said Dan Elbert, biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  “The warbler’s nesting areas in northern Michigan are closed to the public during nesting season.”

 

Although actual sighting of the Kirtland’s warbler is not guaranteed, participants will learn about the conservation success story of the Kirtland’s warbler, a species once on the brink of extinction and now making a comeback.  Tours are free of charge.

 

Most male Kirtland’s warblers arrive on the breeding grounds between May 1 and May 18, with the first females arriving a week or so after the first males.  The best period for seeing the warbler is late May and the month of June.  After July 1, viewing opportunities diminish.  Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and spotting scopes.  

 

Groups of eight or more should contact the offices listed below for reservations.  Playing recorded warbler songs or the use of any other attraction methods will not be allowed.  Special efforts will not be made for photographers.

 

The U.S. Forest Service will conduct tours on the Huron-Manistee National Forest.  Please contact the U.S. Forest Service for more details using the contacts listed below.

 

For more information:

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
East Lansing Field Office 
2651 Coolidge Road 
East Lansing, MI 48823 
(517) 351-2555 

Contact:
Dan Elbert, x261
daniel_elbert@fws.gov

U.S. Forest Service
Mio Ranger District
107 McKinley Road 
Mio, Michigan 48647
(989) 826-3252

Contact:
MioKWTours@fs.fed.us

Michigan Audubon Society
P.O. Box 15249
Lansing, MI 48901
(517) 641-4277

 

Contact:
www.michiganaudubon.org
mas@michiganaudubon.org

 

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Accomplishment Report

Connecting People and Nature through Restoration with Natural Resource Damage Assessments and Brownfield Improvements: Midwest - Great Lakes Society of Ecological Restoration Meeting

May 4, 2012

 

On May 4, 2012, Dr. Lisa Williams of the East Lansing Field Office and Dr. John Hartig of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge each gave invited talks in the opening plenary session of the Midwest-Great Lakes Society of Ecological Restoration annual meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Lisa described Natural Resource Damage Assessments as a path to restoration and described examples of restorations in and near urban areas that have been completed or are planned using NRDA settlements in Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana. John talked about the work being done to transform a former industrial site and adjacent wetland and uplands at Humbug Marsh into much-improved habitat with environmental education and a planned visitor’s center to help connect the nearly 7 million nearby residents with this Ramsar “Wetland of International Importance." John’s talk was titled “Extreme Makeover: Brownfield Edition." Approximately 100 people from local, state and federal agencies, colleges and universities, private companies and the public attended the plenary session.

http://www.fws.gov/fieldnotes/regmap.cfm?arskey=31908&callingKey=region&callingValue=3

 

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Accomplishment Report

Restoration Projects Proposed for Portage Creek and Kalamazoo River Areas

May 1, 2012

 

Restoring fish, wildlife, and other natural resources in the Kalamazoo River watershed that were injured as the result of PCB contamination was the topic of a public meeting held on May 1, 2012, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dr. Lisa Williams of the East Lansing Field Office represented the state and federal trustees for the natural resources of the Kalamazoo River and presented a draft restoration plan which describes potential restoration projects that could compensate for injuries to natural resources related to releases of contaminants from the former Allied Paper Mill (OU 1) portion of the Superfund site along Portage Creek in Kalamazoo. Approximate 25 people attended the meeting and participated in discussions during and after the presentation.

 

Trustees prepared the draft restoration plan as part of a Natural Resources Damage Assessment, a process that evaluates impacts of released contaminants and seeks ways to restore natural resources. Trustees for the Kalamazoo River include the Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources, the Michigan Attorney General, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

The draft restoration plan also serves as an Environmental Assessment (EA) for purposes of the National Environmental Policy Act. The draft plan/EA is open for public comment until June 1, 2012.

 

Copies of the plan are available at the Kalamazoo Public Library and on MDEQ and USFWS websites:
http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3311_4109_4217-84646--,00.html
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/es/ec/nrda/KalamazooRiver

 

http://www.fws.gov/fieldnotes/regmap.cfm?arskey=31907&callingKey=region&callingValue=3

 

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Accomplishment Report

Reaching Out to Wastewater Treatment Plants about Contaminants of Concern and their Effects to Fish and Wildlife

April 30, 2012

 

On April 26th, 2012, Jeremy Moore and Lisa Williams, contaminants specialists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's East Lansing Field Office, were invited to present at the Regional Seminar of the Michigan Water Environment Association in Frankenmuth, Michigan. This annual event brings together wastewater treatment plant operators, chemists and engineers from the eastern part of Michigan. Approximately 50 people were in attendance. Jeremy provided an overview of the Service and the services provided by the East Lansing field offices, and then highlighted the historical bald eagle and herring gull contaminant monitoring programs within the Great Lakes basin. Read more

 

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News Release

Trustees to Begin Restoration Planning for

2010 Oil Spill Near marshall, Michigan

March 1, 2012

Oil sheen on the Kalamazoo River.

Oil sheen on the Kalamazoo River after a pipeline ruptured on a tributary, Talmadge Creek.

Photo by EPA

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on behalf of the U.S. Department of the Interior, along with its federal, state and tribal co-trustees, today announced its intent to conduct restoration planning to restore natural resources that were lost or injured by the discharge of crude oil from a pipeline in Calhoun County, Michigan, near the town of Marshall.

 

The spill occurred in July 2010, when Enbridge Energy Partners LLP reported a rupture in a 30-inch pipeline near Marshall, Michigan, which released over 840,000 gallons of crude oil into Talmadge Creek, which flows into the Kalamazoo River. Heavy rains caused the river to overtop its banks and carried oil approximately 38 miles downstream on the Kalamazoo River and into adjacent floodplains. This discharge, along with associated response activities, is adversely affecting and/or threatening natural resources within the jurisdictions of the United States, the State of Michigan, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribe, and the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of the Pottawatomi Tribe. In response, the designated state, federal and tribal trustees for these affected and potentially affected resources are undertaking a natural resource damage assessment.

 

News Release

 

Michigan Enbridge Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration

 

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News Release

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lists
Two Freshwater Mussels as Endangered Species

February 13, 2012

 

A logperch approaching a snuffbox mussel in an underwater photograph.

The logperch is a host fish for snuffbox mussels. In this photo, a logperch approached the female mussel, which then snapped shut. Oftentimes,the mussel will snap closed on a fish’s head or snout, ensuring that glochidia are released into the fish’s gills.

 

Photo by Dr. Chris Barnhart, Missouri State University

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed two freshwater mussels – the rayed bean and the snuffbox – as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.  The two mussels are found in river systems in the eastern United States. 

 

The rayed bean is currently found in rivers in Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia, as well as Ontario, Canada.  The snuffbox occurs in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada. 

 

News Release

 

Information about Listing the Rayed Bean

 

Information about Listing the Snuffbox

 

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News Release

February 8, 2012: Service Announces Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest
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ES Day in the Midwest

 

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News Release

February 03, 2012: Ultralight-led Whooping Cranes will head to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

 

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Jan. 9, 2012: Reward Fund Started for Indiana Whooping Crane Case

 

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News Release

Salazar Announces Recovery of Gray Wolves in the Western Great Lakes, Removal from Threatened and Endangered Species List: States, tribes to assume management responsibility

 

December 21, 2011

Gray wolf

Photo by USFWS; Scott Flaherty

 

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that gray wolf populations in the Great Lakes region have recovered and no longer require the protection of the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing a final rule in the Federal Register removing wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and in portions of adjoining states, from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants.

 

“Once again, the Endangered Species Act has proved to be an effective tool for bringing species back from the brink of extinction,” Secretary Salazar said. “Thanks to the work of our scientists, wildlife managers, and our state, tribal, and stakeholder partners, gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region are now fully recovered and healthy.”

 

The rule removing ESA protection for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes becomes effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.


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Information about the Delisting the Gray Wolf Western Great Lakes DPS

 

 

 


 

 

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