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What's New
Endangered mussel relocation on Grand River begins at Lyons Dam
MLive (8/28)
Relocation of an endangered freshwater mussel species in the Grand River has begun in Ionia County, Mich., ahead of a delayed dam removal project at a popular fishing spot.

Minnesota turtle may get federal endangered status
Duluth News Tribune (7/1)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed with scientists and environmental groups that the Blanding's turtle, which is hanging on in Minnesota, may warrant federal protection.

Piping plovers make a comeback
(4/7)
The piping plover, an endangered species of shorebird that was once almost extinct, is making a comeback. At one point, just 12 pairs of the bird were left in the Great Lakes. But thanks to conservation efforts, scientists are starting to see a rebound in the population.

Feds aim to keep Minnesota songbird off endangered species list
St. Paul Pioneer Press (1/15)
The federal government is working to bolster the dwindling population of golden-winged warblers across the Great Lakes states in a last-ditch effort to keep the little bird off the endangered species list.

Federal judge's ruling on hunting wolves could have national impact
Duluth News Tribune (12/24)
A federal judge’s decision reinstating federal protections for wolves in the Great Lakes region could have a profound impact on other areas of the United States where wolves don’t exist.

Oil pipeline projects face litany of challenges heading into 2015
The Brandon Sun (12/18)
In recent years, the debate over pipelines has spread beyond the direct environmental impacts, like beluga whale habitat in the St. Lawrence River, into broader issues such as climate change and First Nations rights.

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General Resources
EE-Link: Endangered Species
University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment
Provides links to many additional endangered species sites, state and international lists, and has a special focus on education, including curricula.

Endangered Species Program
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Protecting endangered and threatened species and restoring them to a secure status in the wild is the primary objective of the endangered species program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior.

Great Lakes Declining Amphibians Working Group
IUCN/SSC Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force
Devoted to investigating the worldwide decline in amphibian populations. Includes a list of Midwest State Resources.

Keep the Wild Alive
National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
The NWF's Keep the Wild Alive™ campaign is an education, advocacy, outreach, and on-the-ground conservation project designed to raise awareness of and improve conditions for endangered species.

The Raptor Center
University of Minnesota
The center's mission is "to preserve biological diversity among raptors and other avain species through medical treatment, scientific investigation, education, and management of wild populations."

Timber Wolf Alliance
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute
TWA's mission is to promote and assist in achieving a sustainable population of timber wolves in the Great Lakes region, with emphasis on the Lake Superior basin.

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Events
Kirtland's Warbler Festival
Celebrate the gradual return of the endangered Kirtland's Warbler and its home in the Jack Pine and AuSable River ecosystem. Kirtland Community College, named for the rare bird, is the host site for the festival, eight miles north of St. Helen, Mich.

Kirtland's Warbler Tours
Guided tours to Kirtland's warbler nesting areas (from May-June) will depart from the U.S. Forest Service Office in Mio, Mich., and from the Holiday Inn in Grayling, Mich.

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Laws
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

Endangered Species Act of 1973
Federal Register Notices related to Endangered Species
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Policy on Endangered Species
University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment

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Species
America's Mussels: Silent Sentinels
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Region 3
Half of the mussel species in the Midwest are endangered; find out why mussels are important, why they are endangered, and what you can do to help.

Great Lakes Endangered Species
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region
Includes Listings by County/Species or by State.

Keep the Wild Alive
National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
Spotlights a different endangered species each month, and also gives detailed information on many other endangered species, including migration routes and lifecycles.

Kirtland's Warbler Page
Information concerning Kirtland's Warbler, including census results and photographs.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Biodiversity in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Habitats of the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Land Use in the Great Lakes Region

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