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Wildlife area opening up to eagle fans

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BY JIM SIELICKI

HURON, Ohio - Northern Ohio eagle watchers are getting another venue for tracking the raptors in an area that was previously off-limits during nesting season.

Part of the 155-acre Steinen Wildlife Area and the adjacent 73-acre Community Foundation at Eagle Point will be open, marking the first time visitation to this section of the wildlife area along U.S. 6 will be allowed during winter.  more...

 



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IMAX film aids bald eagle research on Bad River

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This summer, a Canadian film crew will make its way to the Bad River Reservation to film part of an IMAX movie detailing the "Wonders of the Great Lakes."

Creation of the film by Science North of Sudbury, Ontario, could bring national, and even international, attention to Bad River and the Great Lakes as a whole, but it also is helping to facilitate research on some notable reservation inhabitants — bald eagles.

The Bad River Falls area of the reservation is unique in that it has five active territories (nests) for bald eagles, but wildlife experts are puzzled by the fact that only two young out of one nest have survived in the past eight years.  more...

 



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Bird die-off raised concerns

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EMPIRE — Biologists said this summer's massive die-off of birds in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore signaled a shift in the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Tests conducted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources determined that Type E botulism killed an estimated 2,900 birds at the park since August.

The dead birds washed up on the Lake Michigan shoreline, prompting a flurry of calls from residents concerned about the cause. The outbreak was the topic of a seminar sponsored in November by the Inland Seas Education Association in Suttons Bay.   more...

 



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Bald eagle sightings are on the rise

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BIRDSEYE, Ind. -- Bald eagles have been making a comeback across Indiana since they were reintroduced to the state more than a decade ago, and biologists say they are especially easy to spot during the winter.
The reintroduction program first recorded a successful bald eagle nest in 1991. This year, nearly 70 nesting pairs of eagles were counted in the state, said John Castrale, a biologist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.   more...
 


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Mute swans condemned, but they won't go quietly

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By Rex W. Huppke
Tribune staff reporter

MUKWONAGO, Wis. -- The swans that inhabit Grace Graham's poetry are white as fresh linen. They glide across Phantom Lake like elegant apparitions, paddling webbed feet into stanzas she writes before dawn, when it seems the birds are the only beings awake.

"Along the misty isle, seen by no mortal save me, they came/White swans alongside as I ran into the silence, into the fog, into enchantment."   more..


 



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Thousands of raptors migrating south

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The next 10 days or so may be all about hawks and other raptors, or birds of prey, if weather conditions are just right.

It is the peak season for the migratory passage of thousands of hawks, principally broad-winged hawks, around the northwest corner of Lake Erie.

On Sunday the passage of more than 4,600 raptors of 10 species were confirmed at hawk-watch stations in Lake Erie Metropark and Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, both along the lake about 15 miles northeast of Monroe, Mich., near the Detroit River mouth.   more...

 



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Wisconsin mute swans are safe until January

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ASSOCIATED PRESS

The state has shelved plans to shoot the non-native mute swans on a pair of local lakes until at least January, when the Natural Resource Board can take up the issue.

Last week, wildlife management officials trying to make the state's case at a public meeting walked out after being heckled by residents.

The Department of Natural Resources had said the plan to kill the mute swans would help a native species, trumpeter swans, become established at Upper and Lower Phantom lakes. The mute swans compete for the same habitat.  more...

 



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Ruling keeps 5 wolves alive

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The progress of peregrines

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By DON BEHM

More than four decades after the insecticide DDT wiped out all peregrine falcons in Wisconsin, the raptors have successfully hatched young at more than 20 nests for a second consecutive year - a small number, though it is in line with their post-World War II presence in the state, researchers said.   more...

 



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Officials aim to silence attacks by mute swans

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By Becky Manley
The Journal Gazette

Sixty-yard tackles, physical assaults and an attempted drowning.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, a fowl menace has started stalking northern Indiana’s waterways, prompting officials to warn boaters and swimmers to be on the lookout for attacks.



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Cormorant control

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By ERICA KOLASKI

Tribune Staff Writer

CHEBOYGAN - A number of communities in Northern Michigan will see cormorant control efforts this summer.

Although selected sites in Alpena and Mackinac counties will receive treatments for double-crested cormorant control, no sites in Cheboygan County were selected.

The control efforts are being initiated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources or the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services.  more...


 



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Endangered bird home after stop in Grand Ledge

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A wayward whooping crane that landed in a flooded backyard last month in Grand Ledge is back home.

Officials from the International Crane Foundation rescued the year-old male crane on May 16 - four days after it was spotted in Grand Ledge - and returned it to its home base in Necedah, Wis.

The crane's survival is critical because it's rare; there are an estimated 336 wild whooping cranes in North America.

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(Photo by Robert Killips/Lansing State Journal)



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Huron Fringe Birding Festival

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Each year this ten day festival at MacGregor Point Provincial Park begins the Friday (May 26) after the Canadian Victoria Day weekend. Participate in a variety of hikes, presentations and workshops -- each designed to help celebrate spring along Lake Huron.   more...

 



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On a wing and a scare

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By DON BEHM

Mequon - Against all odds, two adult bald eagles are persisting in their attempt to create a home in Mequon, despite the sounds of nearby gunfire and fireworks, frequent intrusions of dogs and hikers and the roar of speeding motorboats on the nearby Milwaukee River.

Mequon's mayor urges residents to keep their distance.

Harassing eagles is a federal crime, and harming the birds in any way comes with serious consequences. Eagles are the most protected species in the United States, and even possessing a single feather from one of the majestic birds is unlawful.   more...

 



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Cormorant controls are measured means of breaking up the parties

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The Bay City Times

When thousands of double-crested cormorants return to Michigan waters this spring after a winter on the Gulf Coast, many may encounter an unwelcoming committee.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources this year to control an explosion of cormorants nesting on islands in and around Lake Huron's Thunder Bay.

It's a reasonable response to the colonies of cormorants that have nested on the islands near Alpena.  more...

 



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