Michigan DNR

More than 2,000 pounds of red swamp crayfish confiscated; largest AIS seizure ever by DNR

(Michigan DNR)More than 2,000 pounds of live, illegal red swamp crayfish recently were seized by Michigan DNR conservation officers – the largest aquatic invasive species seizure by the Michigan DNR, the agency said in a news release Tuesday, July 23. Red swamp crayfish are prohibited in both Michigan and Canada. They burrow and create shoreline erosion, creating instability. Additionally, they…

Cleanup improves health of Upper Peninsula’s Menominee River

(Michigan DNR)A recent cleanup effort along a stretch of the Menominee River is expected to boost fish and environmental health in the area as the river recovers. The Menominee River forms the boundary between the northeast corner of Wisconsin and the southern tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, with headwaters originating in both states and eventually emptying into Green Bay. Federal…

First case of CWD suspected in Jackson County

Over 31,000 deer have been tested for the disease since May 2015. If confirmed by the federal lab, this would be the 58th CWD-positive deer in Michigan and the first in Jackson County. Chronic wasting disease already has been confirmed in Clinton, Ingham, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties.

Survey: Upper Peninsula wolf population continues to thrive

DNR wildlife biologists estimate there was a minimum of 662 wolves found among 139 packs across the Upper Peninsula this past winter. Fifteen more wolf packs were found during this past winter’s survey than in 2016, but pack size has decreased slightly and now averages less than five wolves.

DNR gets boost in efforts to improve public shooting ranges in Michigan – to the tune of $1.25 million

(Michigan DNR)The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently approved a total of $1.25 million over a five-year period for the Michigan DNR to provide up to 75 percent of funding for improvements to partner shooting ranges throughout Michigan. The DNR received these additional federal funds via the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (Pittman-Robertson Act), through which hunters and sport…

Forest tent caterpillar outbreak continues in parts of Michigan

The insects, which are native to Michigan, occur in widespread outbreaks every 10 to 15 years. The most recent outbreaks peaked in 2002 and 2010. They’ve been spotted across the Lower Peninsula and in the eastern Upper Peninsula. Outbreaks usually last two or three years; this is the second or third year for outbreaks in some areas.

New plan aims to reverse monarch butterfly decline

The draft plan builds on existing efforts of state, federal, and local agencies and private organizations and individuals and covers a 16-state region stretching from Texas to the Upper Midwest that encompasses the primary production and migratory habitat areas for eastern monarchs.

For birders, May is Christmastime in Michigan

The return of Michigan’s migratory birds from their southern wintering grounds is cause for celebration, and in May, many celebrate by heading to the fields, forests and wetlands to view these colorful harbingers of spring. “I love birding in May,” said Andrew Simon, a Macomb County resident and avid birder. “It’s the peak of migration and marks the return of…

Propellers and bubbles to keep the carp out?

Carp Tank winner’s “Cavitation Barrier to Deter Asian Carp” would utilize a row of specially designed propellers to generate a wall of cavitation bubbles that implode and emit high-speed jets of water. The painful sensation of the bubbles along with the noise of the propellers would repel fish and prevent their passage beyond the bubble barrier.

Vandals deliver a blow to Michigan bat research project

DNR wildlife biologists have been working with researchers from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo to field test a treatment for bats and mines in the western Upper Peninsula, in hopes of developing an effective compound to combat white-nose syndrome.

In Michigan’s bid to find best idea for stopping Asian carp, livestream showdown looms in Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge

The Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge’s four finalists will compete for $500,000 in cash on Tuesday, live-streamed at www.michigan.gov/snyderlive.Four Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge finalists – a software consultant, a robotics professor, a civil engineer and a hydraulic engineer – will compete for $500,000 in cash prizes during the “Carp Tank” livestream event Tuesday, March 27, beginning at 9:30 a.m….

DNR: Take action now to reduce bear problems [video]

(Michigan DNR)As black bears start to become active, the Michigan DNR advises property owners to be bear conscious. “The ideal situation is for a bear to walk past your property, not find a food reward and move along on its own,” said DNR wildlife communication coordinator Katie Keen. “That’s the best way to live with bears and not encourage conflict.”…

First female conservation officer celebrated during Women’s History Month

In 1897, Huldah Neal became a deputy game warden for Grand Traverse County, cementing her little-known legacy as the first female conservation officer in the United States, according to press reports of the day. (Michigan DNR)By all accounts, Huldah Neal was no one to fool with. That’s not to say she wasn’t liked or respected throughout Grand Traverse County, Michigan,…

Seven fish taken during Michigan’s Black Lake sturgeon season

Onaway, Mich. — The 2018 sturgeon harvest season on Black Lake (in the northern tip of the Lower Peninsula) ended after two-and-a-half hours Saturday, Feb. 3, with seven fish being harvested. The fishing season, which included spearing or hook-and-line fishing, was scheduled to run Feb. 3-7, or until the harvest quota had been reached. The allocation of sturgeon for Black…