Michigan Ecological Services Field Office

Midwest Region


Michigan Field Office
2651 Coolidge Road

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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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2014 News


We Are the Midwest Region

Year in Review

December 2014

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Comment Period on Proposal to List

Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered

northern long-eared bat

This northern long-eared bat, captured in Illinois, shows symptoms of white-nose syndrome.

Photo courtesy of Steve Taylor/University of Illinois


November 18, 2014


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period on a proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Comments will be accepted through Dec. 18, 2014.


The Service is reopening the comment period to alert the public to additional information provided by state conservation agencies within the range of the species. The Service will consider this information, and all information received previously, while determining whether the northern long-eared bat warrants listing under the Endangered Species Act. Reopening of the comment period will allow the public to provide comments on the proposed rule in light of that additional information. A final decision on the proposal is due on April 2, 2015.


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Northern Long-eared Bat Home


Information Received from States

Letter from Midwest and Southeast Association of Fish and Wildife Agencies and Regional Forester Groups (18-page PDF)


Letter from Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (3-page PDF)



Nov. 13, 2014: Detection and Identification of Contaminants of Emerging Concern and Their Effects to Fish and Wildlife in the Great Lakes Basin


Dan Gefell, New York Field Office, pipettes fish blood plasma, Clinton River, MI.



Nov. 13, 2014: Contaminanats of Emerging Concern in Herring Gull Eggs fro Colony sites in the United States Areas of teh Laurentian Gerat Lakes


Herring gull eggs



Nov. 12, 2014: Assessment of Copper and Ammonia as Threats to the Recovery of Imperiled Freshwater Mussels Presented at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Dr. Lisa Williams and Barbara Hosler, East Lansing Field Office, East Lansing, MI prepare to collect water samples, Belle River, MI.


Nov. 11, 2015: Fish-eating Birds as Indicators for Reassessing Wildlife Reporcution and Health Impairments in the Saginaw Bay and River Raisin Areas of Concern



A herring gull chick with a crossbill. River Raisin Area of Concern, Monroe, Michigan. Photo Courtesy of Dr. Keith Grasman



U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Two Prairie Butterfly SpeciesUnder Endangered species Act


Poweshiek Skipperling

Poweshiek skipperlings are small butterflies most often found in remnants of native prairie in Iowa, Minnesota,

North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin and in fens in Michigan. However, this skipperling may have been

extirpated from the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa within the last 10 years.

Photo courtesy of Cale Nordmeyer/Minnesota Zoo

October 23, 2014


The Dakota skipper is now protected as threatened and the Poweshiek skipperling is protected as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. Both species are butterflies that depend on prairie habitat and have suffered population declines due to loss and degradation of their native grasslands.


Found in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Canada, the Dakota skipper’s numbers have declined dramatically; it no longer occurs on almost 75 percent of the sites where it was previously found.


The Poweshiek skipperling, once found in eight states and Canada, now occurs in only a few native prairie remnants in Wisconsin and Michigan and in Manitoba, Canada. Surveys indicate Poweshiek skipperlings have vanished from about 96 percent of the sites where they once occurred. It is uncertain if there are any existing Poweshiek skipperling populations in Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas.


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Dakota Skipper and Poweshiek Skipperling Listed Under ESA




September 11, 2014: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Boosts State Endangered Species Conservation Efforts with $35 Million in Grants: four Midwest states share $1.5 million



September 11, 2014: Midwest Region Hosts 2014 White-nose Syndrome Symposium




Ohio State University Professor Joined East Lansing
Field Office for Six Weeks with the
Summer Faculty Fellowship Program


Dr. Bob Gates from Ohio State University participated in the Service’s Summer Faculty Fellowship Program at the

Dr. Bob Gates from Ohio State University participated in the Service’s Summer Faculty Fellowship Program at the
East Lansing Field Office in Michigan.

Photo by Greg Soulliere/USFWS


September 2, 2014

With years serving as a great mentor to Ohio State University students, it should come as no surprise that Dr. Bob Gates applied for and recently spent six weeks participating in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Summer Faculty Fellowship Program. The East Lansing Field Office in Michigan hosted Dr. Gates as he worked with regional Joint Venture science staff and other wetland conservation partners from Michigan and Ohio.


The Service is committed to achieving an inclusive workforce by ensuring employees represent the rich cultural heritage of America and the Faculty Fellowship Program provides a stipend and opportunity for professors to work at Service facilities. They work to complete campus conservation career awareness plans, which are expected to include assisting the Service with student recruitment and mentoring, seeking college course adjustments to reflect emerging trends in conservation and biological planning, and assisting the Service with research. The Ohio State University was a prime candidate school, with its large enrollment of students from a variety of backgrounds and the school’s emphasis in natural resources and wildlife management.


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August 28,2014: Women in Science: Connecting with the Future - Tameka Dandridge, Wildlife Biologist


Tameka Dandridge, wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's East Lansing Michigan Field Office



August 26, 2014: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards $1.3 Million in Grants to 30 States for Work on Deadly Bat Disease



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



June 30, 2014: Service Reopens Comment Period on Proposal to List the Northern Long-eared Bat as an Endangered Species



Senator Levin visits Kirtland's Warbler Territory

Senator Levin and Field Office Supervisor Scott Hicks


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.


See more photos of Kirtland’s warblers, listen to a podcast and find out about the successful effort to save them from extinction.



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.

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Red knot



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 »


Wind turbines




March 26, 2014: Presentation on Endangered Species Act Section 7 Consultation to Corps of Engineers Detroit District Regulatory Office Staff Training




March 24, 2014: Great Lakes Piping Plover topic of Lecture at Kalamazoo Audubon Society




Lisa Williams Wins USFWS Science Leadership Award!


Dr. Lisa Williams



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.


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More about the awards and the nomination process


Environmental Contaminants




January 23, 2014: Guest Lecture at Lake Erie Center: NRDA and Restoration in the Great Lakes




Jan. 8, 2014: Young Artists Encouraged to Enter the 2014 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest


Woodland Caribou painting





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