Tag Archives: United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Manipulating Sea Lamprey: Researchers experiment with chemical enticements, repellants

By Howard Meyerson That researchers are now studying how to chemically manipulate sea lamprey behavior, reminds me of the early DuPont chemical company advertising slogan: “Better Living Through Chemistry.” That old saw came out in 1935. The chemical industry was trying … Continue reading

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Nongame Wildlife: State effort to be revised and focused

By Howard Meyerson One of Michigan’s more important wildlife initiatives, Michigan’s Nongame Wildlife Program, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013. It was a quiet celebration by all accounts, a contrast to its early years when the Michigan Department of Natural … Continue reading

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Kirtland’s Warbler makes a comeback, but what’s ahead?

By Howard Meyerson I love a good conservation success story and Michigan has several: Wolves are returning; bald eagles are plentiful; wild turkeys are everywhere; and elk are just fine. But, none warms my heart so much as the Kirtland’s … Continue reading

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Small game hunting forecast looks good

By Howard Meyerson Upland bird and small game hunters may need to walk more this fall and look further afield for their favorite quarry. Heavy spring rains produced plenty of fruiting plants and acorns. The woods and swales are full … Continue reading

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Endangered mussel delays removal of Lyons Dam

By Howard Meyerson The discovery of a federally listed endangered mussel in the Grand River at Lyons will delay state and local plans to remove the Lyons Dam this year. Additional work and federal approval is needed now before the … Continue reading

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Wind companies won’t face charges in condor deaths

California condors are fair game if you own a wind farm these days. Surprising as that may sound, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has granted permission to California’s Terra-Gen Power for incidental take of the endangered bird, meaning it … Continue reading

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South Dakota girl disqualified, national duck stamp competition

Madison Grimm, a six-year-old South Dakota girl who was announced as the US Fish and Wildlife Service winner of its annual junior duck stamp competition, recently got some bad news. Her entry was disqualified. FWS officials were unavailable for comment, … Continue reading

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Counting Cranes: Will wind energy and hunting impact state population?

By Howard Meyerson DELTON, MI — The evening sky took on a surreal quality not unlike a scene by Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa. A dull gray ceiling had transformed in just a matter of minutes to an explosion of … Continue reading

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Collaborative Conservation: How hunters help birds

By Howard Meyerson Talking “turkey” would have meant precisely that in the 1930’s, an era when wildlife biologists managed lands for individual species. But state, federal and private (NGO) wildlife managers say the parlance and philosophy of wildlife management has … Continue reading

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National survey finds more people hunt but trend still downwards in Michigan

By Howard Meyerson Some exciting talk has circulated in recent weeks about a new U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service report that finds hunting participation increased across the U.S. during the past five years. The agency released its preliminary National Survey … Continue reading

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