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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2013 News


Dec. 28, 2013: The Endangered Species Act - Four Decades of Conservation Success

News Release




Bald Eagle


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December 16, 2013: Endangered Black-footed Ferrets Escorted by the East Lansing Field Office to Canada


Black footed ferrets in portable kenne.


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Nov. 26, 2014: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Extends Comment Period on Proposal to List the Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered


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A Great Year for Piping Plover!

Watch this video for more about piping plover conservation.


November 13, 2013

The 2013 breeding season was one of the most successful in the history of the Great Lakes piping plover recovery program. At 66 pairs, this season marks the second highest breeding pair total since the species was listed as endangered in the mid-1980s. The summer also marked the second highest number of chicks fledged at 124.


The story of the piping plover could have easily ended the same way as the passenger pigeon or the dusky seaside sparrow. Once on the edge of extinction with only 12 breeding pairs left in the wild, the Great Lakes piping plover has made a tremendous comeback. What has made the difference? A partnership dedicated to the recovery of piping plovers in the Great Lakes.


Piping Plover Home


2013 Field Season Journal


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Nov. 4, 2013: Public meetings conducted for two prairie butterflies' proposed rules


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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes

Endangered Species Act Protection for Two Butterflies

Poweshiek Skipperling

Photo by Gerald Selby


October 23, 2013

Two butterflies, the Dakota skipper and the Poweshiek skipperling, have been proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act due to steep population declines, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


The Service has proposed the Dakota skipper as a threatened species. Found in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Canada, the Dakota skipper has experienced a dramatic decline in numbers and no longer occurs on half the sites where previously found.


The Poweshiek skipperling is proposed as endangered. This butterfly, once found in eight states and Canada, now occurs only in a few native prairie remnants in Wisconsin and Michigan, and in Manitoba, Canada. Surveys indicate that Poweshiek skipperlings are gone from nearly 90 percent of the sites where they were previously found.


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Dakota Skipper and Poweshiek Skipperling Proposed Listing and Proposed Critical Habitat


Poweshiek Skipperling Home


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Oct. 2, 2013: Northern long-eared bat proposed as endangered


News Release


Northern Long-eared Bat Home


Northern long-eared bat


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Sept. 27, 2013: Service Proposes to List Red Knot as a Threatened Species Under the Endangered Species Act

News Release

Red Knot Home

Red Knot



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The Remarkable Recovery of the

Kirtland's Warbler


Kirtland's Warbler

Photo by USFWS; Joel Trick


August 13, 2013

Forty years ago, the Kirtland's warbler was on the brink of extinction. Today, this lively songbird of northern Michigan's jack pine forests is the subject of a great recovery story—rebounding from a low of 167 males in 1987 to a record-breaking 2,090 in 2012.


The Kirtland's warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii) was among the first animals to gain federal protection in 1967 under the Endangered Species Preservation Act, a precursor to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). After the species was listed as endangered, biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and other conservation organizations met to discuss the threats and determine what actions were necessary to recover the species to the point where ESA protection was no longer necessary for its survival. In 1974, this group completed the first-ever recovery plan under the ESA, which identified habitat loss and brown-headed cowbird nest parasitism as the primary threats to the species.

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Kirtland's Warbler Recovery Slideshow


ESA at 40



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Nation’s Symbol Sheds Light on

Great Lakes Region’s Environmental Health

Bald Eagles in Michigan Get a Check Up


Biologist, Jeremy Moore, climbs to a bald eagle nest.

Biologist, Jeremy Moore, climbs to a bald eagle nest.

Photo by Tim Kaufman


High up in the trees above Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in east central Michigan, biologists gently remove a 52-day-old bald eagle chick from its nest.  The eaglet is carefully banded, weighed and measured, and samples taken of its blood and feathers, before it is returned to its nest to be tended by its parents.


Six years after the bald eagle was declared recovered and removed from the list of threatened and endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners continue to monitor the species’ status.  In Michigan, this work not only focuses on the numbers – how many pairs of eagles, the number of nesting attempts, how many eaglets hatch – but the health of the birds as well.  Biologists here are closely watching for signs of the contaminants that originally forced eagles to the brink of extinction and threatened the health of their environment. As a top predator, the bald eagle accumulates contaminants from the prey it consumes.  Because bald eagles are susceptible to problems caused by some types of contaminants, biologists use them as a sentinel species.  The observations and data acquired through continued monitoring allow resource managers a glimpse into bald eagle and ecosystem health. 


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Bald Eagle Home


Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge


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Michigan Birder Leaves a Legacy

for Great Lakes Piping Plovers

Piping plover on beach.


This returning male piping plover made it to Saturday's event as well

and successfully bred at Whitefish Point last year, fledging multiple chicks.

Photo by USFWS; Vince Cavalieri



Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley joined Seney National Wildlife Refuge staff, Friends and partners in marking the addition of lakeshore acreage to Seney National Wildlife Refuge on April 27, 2013. The 19.85 acres of land known as the Helstrom Addition, was commemorated in honor of Michigan native John J. Helstrom and is within designated critical habitat for the endangered Great Lakes piping plover. A proponent of preserving the natural environment, Helstrom often remarked about the beauty of Whitefish Point and its importance to bird populations.


After a 25-year absence, piping plovers returned to the point in 2009 and successfully fledged young. Nesting has increased over the past three years and in 2012, four pairs fledged 11 chicks. Plovers have been observed using the newly acquired acres as recently as last summer. The signing of the deed in late August signaled the end of an effort that began with the Service and partners meeting in Newberry, Mich. more than two years earlier.


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Piping Plover Home


Seney National Wildlife Refuge


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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Comments on Draft Summer Survey Guidelines for Indiana Bats

Removing a bat from a mist net.

Biologist is removing a bat from a mist net.

Photo by USFWS



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is inviting input on draft guidelines and protocols for determining whether endangered Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) are present or likely absent at a given site during the summer, from May 15 to August 15.  Deadline for comments is February 8, 2013.


The draft guidance, which includes habitat assessments, as well as acoustic, mist-net, radio-tracking, and emergence surveys, is intended to standardize survey procedures throughout the range of the Indiana bat, enhance detection and capture of bats, and provide conservation partners, project proponents and the Service with important data for conservation and recovery efforts and regulatory compliance.  The Service is also seeking comment on proposed criteria for testing the accuracy and suitability of available automated acoustic bat identification software programs and a proposed contingency plan for the 2013 summer survey season.


The draft guidelines were prepared by representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service; U.S. Department of Defense’s Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Department of the Interior’s Geological Survey and USFWS; Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. 


News Release


Questions and Answers about the Indiana Bat Summer Survey Guidance


Federal Register Notice and More Information


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Feb. 19, 2013: East Lansing Field Office participates in the Michigan State University Natural Resources and Sustainability Career Fair


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January 14, 2013: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Begins Commemoration of 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act


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