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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2016 News


May 12, 2016: East Lansing Field Office Participates in Steering Committee Meeting for hydro dams, impoundments and project lands management.



April 11, 2016: Protecting and Restoring Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly Habitat in Northeast Michigan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coastal Program partnered with the Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Huron Pines, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Parks Division (DNR), Great Lakes Stewardship Network, and local community students and volunteers in Northeast Michigan to protect and restore Hine’s emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana) habitat. The Hine’s emerald dragonfly is one of North America’s most endangered dragonflies as a result of habitat degradation and loss. Some locations where the species lives are threatened by invasion of non-native vegetation species.


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Volunteers conferring over maps.



U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Determines Critical Habitat is

Not Prudent for Threatened Northern Long-eared Bat


Photo by Ann Froschauer/USFWS

April 25, 2016

Determination based on desire to reduce potential disturbance at hibernation sites, habitat requirements of species, and acknowledgement of white-nose syndrome as primary threat


Given the nature of the primary threats facing the species and the potential harm of publishing its hibernation locations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that designating critical habitat for the northern long-eared bat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is not prudent. The Service’s determination does not affect the bat’s threatened status, which it received in 2015 due to white-nose syndrome, a deadly fungal disease impacting cave-dwelling bats.


Critical habitat is a designation under the ESA for lands that contain habitat features that are essential for the survival and recovery of a listed species, which may require special management considerations or protections. The ESA requires the Service to consider which areas are needed for a species’ recovery and to designate critical habitat accordingly, unless it determines that doing so is not prudent for the species.


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Northern Long-eared Bat Home



Check out the 2016 Piping Plover Field Journal


The first piping plover to arrive back at the Great Lakes, for the second year in a row, is male plover BO:X,g.

Photo courtesy of Alice Van Zoeren


The first plovers are back from their wintering areas - including a nine-year old female that wintered in Cuba.

2016 Field Journal



Draft Habitat Conservation Plan for

Midwest Wind Energy Promotes Coordinated

Industry Engagement in Conservation of At-Risk Species

Kirtland's Warbler

The Kirtland's warbler, an endangered species, is one of eight bird and bat species covered under the

Midwest Wind Draft Multi-species HCP.

Photo courtesy of Joel Trick


April 14, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today released a draft plan to help ensure wind development does not contribute to the decline of species that already are impacted by threats such as disease and loss of habitat. The Draft Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) outlines measures for participating Midwest wind energy companies to follow to help reduce the nation’s carbon emissions and further sustainable energy independence while ensuring those efforts contribute to conserving protected bat and bird species.


The plan enables the Service to monitor and reduce “incidental take” of protected species caused by wind energy development and operation within an eight-state plan area, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Species covered by the plan include the Indiana, northern long-eared and little brown bats, as well as Kirtland’s warbler, interior least tern, bald eagle, and the Great Lakes and Great Plains populations of the piping plover.


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Midwest Wind Multi-species HCP Home




First Great Lakes Piping Plover Spotted Wintering in Cuba

Great Lakes piping plover Of,RL:X,b seen at Sleeping Bear Dunes National

The Great Lakes piping plover Of,RL:X,b seen at Sleeping Bear Dunes National

Lakeshore in 2015. She was spotted on the northern coast of Cuba in early 2016,

making her the first critically endangered Great Lakes piping plover known

to winter in Cuba.

Photo courtesy of Alice Van Zoeren (piping plover volunteer monitor)


March 15, 2016


For the first time ever, a rare Great Lakes piping plover has been spotted spending the winter in Cuba. Typically Great Lakes piping plovers winter in tidal inlets along the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, though a handful have been reported wintering in the Bahamas and also for the first time ever, in Cancun, Mexico, this winter.


Great Lakes piping plovers are one of the most endangered species in the region, numbering 75 pairs in 2015. While this is still critically endangered, conservation efforts by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and other conservation partners have helped this unique population of piping plovers recover from only about15 pairs at the time they were added to the federal endangered species list in 1986.


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Great Lakes Piping Plover Home




March 3, 2016: Discussing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Role in Removing Beneficial Use Impairments from the Great Lakes Areas of Concern

Lake Superior Coast



Protections Finalized for Threatened

Northern Long-Eared Bats

Regulations focus on significant threats to the species so
conservation efforts can be focused where they have the greatest effect

Three species of bats hibernating in a cluster: big brown, little brown and northern long-eared bats


Three species of bats hibernating in a cluster: big brown, little brown and northern long-eared bats

Photo by USFWS; Jill Utrup


January 14, 2016

In an effort to conserve the northern long-eared bat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a final rule today that uses flexibilities under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to tailor protections to areas affected by white-nose syndrome during the bat’s most sensitive life stages. The rule is designed to protect the bat while minimizing regulatory requirements for landowners, land managers, government agencies and others within the species’ range. Continue News Release » Northern Long-eared Bat Home Michigan Northern Long-eared Bat Hibernacula and Roost Tree Locations Updated February 18, 2016 (5-page PDF Adobe PDF Icon)


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Michigan Northern Long-eared Bat Hibernacula and Roost Tree Locations Updated February 18, 2016 (5-page PDF Adobe PDF Icon)




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Last updated: July 12, 2016
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