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September 11, 2014: Midwest Region Hosts 2014 White-nose Syndrome Symposium
August 13, 2014: Public Advisory: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offers Online Information Sessions On Proposal to List Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered
Senator Levin visits Kirtland's Warbler Territory
June 3, 2014
Michigan Senator Carl Levin got an up-close look at Kirtland’s warbler habitat – and even spotted one of the endangered birds – during a tour with staff from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s East Lansing, Michigan, Field Office. Joining the senator were representatives from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Huron Pines, both important partners, along with the U.S. Forest Service, in the effort to recover this endangered species. On hand from East Lansing were field supervisor Scott Hicks, assistant field supervisor, Jack Dingledine and Chris Mensing, the Kirtland’s warbler recovery coordinator.
Jack described the visit:
It was a grand day. The weather was perfect. We arrived at a stand of young jack pine in the afternoon and Chris provided a great narrative of the bird and our program. Scott gave an update on where we are in recovery, the value of partnerships in this effort and our recent initiative.
Upon arrival things were pretty quiet and we weren't sure the Senator would see a Kirtland's. We walked a ways, talking more about the program. Then we heard a male sing. In another moment, a male appeared in a tree right next to the two-track we were standing on...and there he was in plain sight for all to see. A great success!
Only 170 pairs of Kirtland’s warblers survived in northern Lower Michigan in 1971. Thanks to protections of the Endangered Species Act and dedicated efforts of federal, state and local agencies and conservation groups, nesting pair numbers in Michigan and Wisconsin topped 2,000 in 2012.
April 11, 2014: Consumers Energy/Resource Agencies Annual Steering Committee Meeting
The annual Steering Committee meeting was held April 11, 2014, at the Consumers' office in Lansing, Michigan. The Steering Committee was formed to provide oversight and to keep informed by the MMAC Team (Consumers/Resource Agencies) about the implementation of the 1994 Settlement Agreement. The Settlement covers 11 hydroelectric dams . . . More »
April 3, 2014: Service reopens comment period on proposal to protect red knot under Endangered species Act: shorebird flies up to 18,600 miles a year on 20-inch wingspan.
March 15, 2014: Endangered Species Presentation at Sarett Nature Center
March 25, 2014: Wind Energy Meeting
Consumers Energy hosted a wind energy meeting at the Henry Building on the campus of the Michigan State University on March 25, 2014. The East Lansing Field Office was the main organizer and gave presentations that included the Endangered Species Act, eagles and the land-based guidelines. More »
Lisa Williams Wins USFWS Science Leadership Award!
February 11, 2014
Dr. Lisa Williams, the Branch Chief of Environmental Contaminants at the East Lansing Ecological Services Field Office in Michigan, is the 2013 recipient of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Science Leadership Award. The national award recognizes a Service employee’s outstanding practice and support of scientific activities that improve the bureau’s knowledge and management of fish and wildlife resources.
“Dr. Lisa Williams is a scientist, leader and mentor,” said Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius. “She infuses her work with a contagious passion for conservation. We are proud she has received national distinction for her accomplishments in the environmental contaminants field.”
Dr. Williams served as the Assistant Deputy Branch Director for Wildlife Response - Houma Sector of the Deepwater Horizon Spill and as Branch Director and Deputy Branch Director for Wildlife and Environmental Assessment for the Michigan Enbridge Line 6B Pipeline Spill, the nation’s largest inland oil spill. During those crises, Dr. Williams used ecologically, scientifically sound and acceptable practices and principles leading to effective and efficient response measures for both spills.