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What's New
Isle Royale National Park's wolf woes spur bigger questions of managing wilderness
National Parks Traveler (12/8)
Park managers are considering options ranging from doing nothing to a genetic rescue.

Pesticide levels in rivers may threaten fish, insects
Great Lakes Echo (12/4)
Pesticides, mostly from agricultural runoff and yard use, remain a concern for fish and insects in many of the country’s streams and rivers, warns a national study based in part on research done in Michigan.

Birdwatcher’s paradise this Sunday in the Niagara region
Inside Halton (12/4)
During fall and winter, Niagara’s waterways play host to huge concentrations of birds — some rare — reaching into the thousands. Four species of gulls and ducks congregate in globally significant numbers.

TransCanada should look at other options: Couillard and Prentice
The Montreal Gazette (12/2)
Philippe Couillard and the premier of Alberta strongly hinted on Tuesday that TransCanada should find another place for the oil port it planned to build near a beluga nursery in Cacouna.

Mudpuppies: Lake Erie's mysterious salamanders
News Herald (12/2)
The Peter Pan of the salamander world, mudpuppies never really grow up.

As in Buffalo, early snow, lake ice are hurting U.P.
Detroit Free Press (11/30)
The heavy, early, record-breaking snowfall in the U.P. not only thwarted the firearm deer hunt, but it portends a third straight difficult winter for a deer population already significantly damaged by the past two brutal winters.

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General Resources
Canada's Aquatic Environments: Animals
University of Guelph, Ontario
Photos, illustrations and interactive exercises focusing on amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, birds, mammals and fish.

Flora And Fauna
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Contains links to informational pages on the Flora and Fauna of Illinois.

Flora and Fauna of the Great Lakes Region
University of Michigan
This multimedia digital collection provides access to materials selected from Fish and Mammal Divisions of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology and the Fungus Collections of the University of Michigan Herbarium.

Wildlife Resources
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Resources and programs specific to the state of Michigan.

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Databases
Faunmap
Illinois State Museum
FAUNMAP is an electronic database documenting the late Quaternary distribution of mammal species in the United States. The primary purpose of this database is to investigate the evolution of mammalian communities.

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Programs and Projects
BirdCast
A collaborative effort that enables anyone to track migrating birds as they move through the Mid-Atlantic region, complete with radar imagery, educational information, and the chance to record your own observations.

Native America
A New York based organization dedicated to the reintroduction of native plants and animals species to their respective places through education, research and habitat restoration.

Watchable Wildlife
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
A program designed to enhance wildlife viewing opportunities for the public across the state. The objectives are four-fold: wildlife-associated recreation, economic development, education, and conservation.

Wildlife Watcher's Report on Monitoring
Environment Canada
This document consists of brief reports outlining the history, goals, methodology, recent results and contacts for volunteer-based bird and amphibian monitoring projects in Ontario.

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Publications
Illinois Nature and Wildlife Viewing Guide
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Offers wildlife viewing tips and lists places for viewing throughout Illinois.

Michigan Wildlife Viewing Guide
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Features 121 of the best places in Michigan to view wildlife.

New York Wildlife Viewing Guide
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Includes 76 sites that are among the state's premier wildlife viewing areas open to the public year-round.

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Surveys
Benthic Biomonitoring
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
Results collected from 45 stations during summer 1997, focusing on both the nearshore and offshore communities. This benthic work is a new component to GLNPO's Great Lakes surveillance program, which has included sampling for plankton and nutrients since the early 1980s.

Population, Surveys and Research
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Surveys of black bears, bobcats, river otters and more.

Vertical Distribution of Zooplankton
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
Vertical migration by zooplankton is one of the earliest and most commonly observed behavioral phenomena in both marine and freshwaters.

Zooplankton 1998 Data
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
Zooplankton are tiny, free-living animals found in the open water of all water bodies, including the Great Lakes. Because of their importance in the ecology of aquatic systems, the U.S. EPA-Great Lakes National Program Office has been monitoring zooplankton populations in the Great Lakes since 1983.

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Wildlife Areas
ILLINOIS
Illinois State Parks & Recreation Areas
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

National Wildlife Refuges/Fish Hatcheries in Illinois
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region

INDIANA
Indiana Fish and Wildlife Areas
Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

National Wildlife Refuges/Fish Hatcheries in Indiana
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region

MICHIGAN
National Wildlife Refuges/Fish Hatcheries in Michigan
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region

MINNESOTA
National Wildlife Refuges/Fish Hatcheries in Minnesota
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region

OHIO
National Wildlife Refuges/Fish Hatcheries in Ohio
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region

WISCONSIN
National Wildlife Refuges/Fish Hatcheries in Wisconsin
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region

Public Wildlife Recreation Land
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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Related Resources
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Wildlife
GLIN: Biodiversity in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Endangered and Threatened Species in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Environmental Research in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Great Lakes Fish Consumption Advisories
GLIN: Habitats of the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Invasive Species in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Sanctuaries and Reserves in the Great Lakes Region

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