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 (Federal Relay)

e-mail: EastLansing@fws.gov

 

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Kirtland's warbler. Photo by USFWS; Joel Trick

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We work with public and private entities to conserve and restore Michigan's endangered species, migratory birds, wetlands, and other important fish and wildlife resources.

 

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Service and Partners Celebrate Remarkable Conservation

Victory as Once Critically Imperiled Songbird Declared

Saved from Threat of Extinction

 

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Photo courtesy of Joel Trick

 

Kirtland’s warbler populations continue to soar; prompting proposal by Service to remove it from Endangered Species Act

 

Amidst catastrophic population declines leaving fewer than 200 known pairs in existence in the early 1970s, the Kirtland's warbler seemed to be rapidly heading towards extinction. But after decades of partnership efforts among federal and state agencies, industry and conservation groups, this songbird has rebounded, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now proposing to remove the Kirtland's warbler from the list of endangered and threatened species. The proposal opens a 90-day public comment period that will help inform a final decision.

 

“Kirtland’s warblers were once on the brink of extinction and one of America’s rarest birds, but today they represent the power of partnership to recover imperiled wildlife,” said Tom Melius, Midwest Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Without a doubt, this bird’s recovery is the result of cooperation among states, local residents, federal agencies and conservation groups. This dedicated conservation community is committed to addressing the needs of the Kirtland’s warbler into the future.”

 

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2017 was another very good year for Great Lakes piping plovers

 

 

Rare birds and plants in Michigan are benefitting from some team work among federal, state and local partners. This summer, staff from the Michigan Ecological Services Field Office and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources partnered with local volunteers to conduct plant surveys and describe beach characteristics at Wilderness State Park.

 

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Partnering for plovers and plants in northern Michigan

 

FWS and DNR staff conduct plant surveys at Wilderness State Park.

 

Rare birds and plants in Michigan are benefitting from some team work among federal, state and local partners. This summer, staff from the Michigan Ecological Services Field Office and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources partnered with local volunteers to conduct plant surveys and describe beach characteristics at Wilderness State Park, located at the northern tip of the Lower Peninsula. Part of an effort to restore the Great Lakes piping plover population, the surveyors examined vegetation encroachment in restored areas along with the regrowth of federally threatened Pitcher’s thistle  and Houghton’s goldenrod.

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Old Man Plover's Jr. makes it to wintering grounds

 

When last we reported on Old Man Plover's final chick, it was sitting quietly on a beach amongst some driftwood and cobble along Lake Michigan, fresh from being released from captivity. It faced numerous challenges, including predators, storms and potentially a lack of stopover habitat, just to reach safe wintering grounds. Now, just a little more than a month later, we have some exciting news to report.

 

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Last updated: April 11, 2018