Michigan Ecological Services Field Office

Midwest Region

Michigan Field Office
2651 Coolidge Road

Suite 101
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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Jessica Pruden, Michigan Ecological Services Field Station biologist,

Jessica Pruden, Michigan Ecological Services Field Station biologist,

explains the importance of freshwater mussels to Metro Detroit students.

Photo by Mandy Annis/USFWS.

 

Liver of the river: Metro Detroit students learn the importance of freshwater mussels

What’s the liver of the river? Students from Metro Detroit gathered this spring at Clinton River Waterfest at Oakland University near Detroit, Michigan, to find out. I teamed with Service biologists Jessica Pruden and Tameka Dandridge to help the students understand the importance of freshwater mussels.

 

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Threats to birds and some solutions: Updating lighting method on communications towers can save millions of birds annually

 

Communications towers on the horizon at sunset.

 

Twice a year an amazing variety of sizes, shapes and colors of birds fill the skies as they migrate across this region, most surviving an equally amazing variety of challenges. One such challenge is navigating around communications towers, which kill an estimated 6.5 million birds annually through collisions with towers or guy wires used in tower support. Although 6.5 million is a startling number, there is a relatively simple fix that can be made by many tower owners that can help minimize this threat.

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

 

Kirtland's warbler sitting on a branch.

 

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.

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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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Last updated: August 20, 2018