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2018 NEWS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Inspiring conservation after listening to the delicate sound of butterfly wings in Mexico
Imagine hiking up a dusty trail to elevations of 10,000 feet, each step moving closer to what appears to be orange and black confetti covering the trees. Through the dense forest, approaching closer and suddenly realizing the confetti is actually thousands of monarch butterflies in roosting clusters resting until they once again begin their migration north.
Scott Hicks selected for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2018 Science Leadership Award
Scott Hicks, Field Office Supervisor for the Michigan Ecological Services Field Office, is the winner of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2018 Science Leadership Award. This award recognizes supervisors who champion the use of science in conservation decision making and who empower their staff to accomplish scientific work and engage the scientific community.
Trustees restore Menominee Indian Tribe lands
Lands and waters important to the Menominee Indian Tribe were restored as part of efforts under the Fox River/Green Bay Natural Resource Damage Assessment. After the damage assessment was conducted, the trustee council determined there was work to be done to restore tribal land and water to a healthy state.
Bringing Back Oneida Lake
Restoring resources lost to contamination is a primary goal of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment program. Especially important is restoring resources of cultural importance to Native American tribes. For the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin, regaining the use of Oneida Lake is a decades-old dream.
Something’s fishy in Green Bay
The muskellunge is a large freshwater fish native to North America and an exciting sportfish for many anglers in the Midwest. Muskies can be found in lakes and rivers all over the Great Lakes Region, into Canada, and the upper Mississippi River drainage. These days, Green Bay is seen by many as one of the finest muskie-producing bodies of water in North America. But it wasn’t like that just a few years ago.
Illinois-Iowa Field Office initiates partnership with agriculture to make a difference
The American golden plover breeds on the Arctic tundra and migrates through the Midwest to wintering grounds on campos of Uruguay and the pampas of Argentina. During the northward migration back to the breeding grounds, an estimated 60% of the global population makes one of the final stops in agricultural fields near Champaign, Illinois to feed on nightcrawlers and earthworms that are prevalent in this area.
Threats to birds and some solutions: Updating lighting method on communications towers can save millions of birds annually
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.
Response to Spill of Dielectric Fluid from Cables in the Straits of Mackinac
Two of six high-voltage electrical transmission lines that lie on the bottom across the Straits of Mackinac experienced breaks on April 1, 2018. American Transmission Company, owner of the lines, estimated that approximately 600 gallons of dielectric fluid, consisting of a mixture of synthetic mineral oils with the appearance of a light vegetable oil, were likely released.
Removal of Alcott Street Dam benefits Michigan’s Portage Creek
As part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment for the Superfund site along the Kalamazoo River in Kalamazoo, Michigan, trustees are working to remove the Alcott Street Dam and restore about 3,000 feet of Portage Creek.
Partners tackle another lead mining restoration project in Missouri
Trustees for Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration in Missouri, including the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Service, have begun another project in the southeast Missouri lead mining district. In December of 2017, trustees started work on the restoration of the Little St. Francis River chat pile, planting more than 550 container-grown trees at the site of a remediated lead mine in Fredericktown.
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds help acquire Door County natural area
A recent purchase by The Nature Conservancy will protect nearly 400 acres of coastal boreal forest in Door County, Wisconsin. The acquisition, funded in part by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, is in an area surrounded by the Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest and Wetlands State Natural Area.
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