East Lansing Ecological Services Field Office

Midwest Region


East Lansing Field Office
2651 Coolidge Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: 517-351-2555
Fax: 517-351-1443
TTY: 1-800-877-8339

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e-mail: EastLansing@fws.gov

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2011 News and Accomplishments


December/January Feature Story


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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October 04, 2011: Endangered Species Act Protection for Northern Leopard Frog is Not Warranted



Sept. 29, 2011: Karner Blue Butterfly Genetic Samples Collected as Part of Global Climate Change Research Project



Sept. 28, 2011: American Eel May Warrant Protection under the Endangered Species Act
News Release


American eel



Save Vanishing Species Stamp: The first U.S. postage stamp issued in the 164-year history of the Postal Service to raise funds for international wildlife conservation.


Saving Vanishing Species Stamp



August 25, 2011: Comment Period Reopens on Revising the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife for the Gray Wolf in the Eastern United States


gray wolf



July 25, 2011: Trustees Continue to Assess Damage and Plan Restoration for Kalamazoo
News Release


Oiled birds



July 12, 2011: Service Releases Revised, Draft Wind Guidelines
News Bulletin
Questions and Answers (PDF)
Background and Guidelines


Wind Turbines


July 12, 2011: Service Strengthens Work Plan to Restore Biological Priorities and Certainty to Endangered Species Listing Process

News Release
Questions and Answers (PDF)



July 5, 2011: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Contaminants Biologists Formed Team to Better Assess Environmental Contaminants on National Wildlife Refuges



June 28, 2011: Review Finds Endangered Species Protection May Be Warranted fro Two Bat Species

News Release

Eastern small-footed bat

Northern long-eared bat

Federal Register Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review (PDF)



June 6: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Wisconsin DNR Collaborate On Bald Eagle Contaminants Research Along Lake Michigan Shoreline



June 02, 2011: Michigan DNR, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Announce Information Meeting on Wolf Delisting Proposal



June 2, 2011: Golden-winged warbler may warrant Endangered Species Act protection


 Golden-winged warbler



June 6: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Wisconsin DNR Collaborate On Bald Eagle Contaminants Research Along Lake Michigan Shoreline



May 26, 2011: Endangered Species Day Celebration at Hugger Elementary School



May 21, 2011: Conservation Agencies Commit to Long-Term Management of Kirtland’s Warblers

News Release

Memorandum of Understanding (PDF)


Kirtland's warbler



May 12, 2011: Wild Whooping Crane Chicks Hatch at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Central Wisconsin



May 11, 2011: Comment Period Began May 5 on Wolf Delisting Proposal: Public Hearing Set for May 18, 2011



May 4, 2011: USFWS Announces Proposal to Delist Gray Wolves in the Western Great Lakes and National Wolf Strategy


Gary wolf.



April 18,2011: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, American Wind Energy Association, Wind Developers Sign Agreement to Promote Endangered Species Conservation



April 6, 2011: Service Expertise Sought on Developing Strategy for Assessing Exposure to Chemicals in Great Lakes



March 18, 2011: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Endangered Species Recovery Champion Awards - Three Midwesterners Receive Awards



March 14, 2011: Helping Wildlife During Oil and Chemical Spills: Interagency Planning Michigan



March 10: Predictive Model May Be Useful in Climate Change Assessments for Wetland Plans



March 2, 2011: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Concludes Eastern Cougar Extinct

News Release

More Information


Photo of a western cougar.  Photo by USFWS



February 18, 2011: Guidance on Wind Energy Development Published in federal Register Today

News Bulletin

Federal Register Links:
Draft Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance

Draft Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines

Learn More



February 10, 2011: Pilot Eagle Reporting System Developed by Midwest Eagle Team
Report roadside eagles in Michigan



February 8, 2011: Salazar Announces Additional Steps toward Smarter Development of Renewable Energy on U.S. Public Lands


Wind turbines


January 5, 2011: Wildlife Agencies Investigating the Deaths of Three Whooping Cranes in South Georgia

Two adult whooping cranes.  Photo by USFWS; Steve Gifford

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