The project, which examines the levels of chemical contaminants in the birds’ bloodstreams, among other things, has helped generate one of the most comprehensive datasets of its kind in the world. It also has played a significant role in the near-total recovery of a species that was once on the brink of extinction, though the study is likely to come to an end this year.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
The new record fish was caught recently by Roy Beasley of Madison Heights, Mich., in the River Raisin. Beasley held the previous state record for bigmouth buffalo, that one caught on the Detroit River in August 2008.
In the Green Mountain State, numerous clifftops and overlooks closed to protect nesting falcons.