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Michigan Wildlife Conservation

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Transcript of Michigan Wildlife Conservation

Northern Michigan Environment Ecology Ecology Michigan has a very large and diverse ecosystem, making it one of the most beautiful states in America. Michigan is from an Algonquian Chippewa Indian word "meicigama" that means "big sea water" (referring to the Great Lakes). Michigan is almost completely surrounded by the five Great Lakes: Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Superior, and of course, Lake Michigan. Besides its obvious abundance of water, Michigan also has other notable features, such as... lush, serene forests Hiawatha Forest in Marquette, Mi beautiful lakes and rivers Michigan's Ontonagon River and gargantuan sand dunes! Sleeping Bear Dunes of Empire, Mi Flora and Fauna of Michigan Michigan has many unique animals and plants Common Michigan plants include: Common Michigan animals include: common cottontail, whitetail
snowshoe hare,
raccoon
robin (the state bird)
Kirtland's warbler (exclusively north-central MI)

Information courtesy of http://www.city-data.com/states/Michigan-Flora-and-fauna.html maple trees
birch trees
aspen trees
pine trees
beech trees
strawberries
raspberries
gooseberries
blueberries
cranberries
cherries (comon in NW Michigan Endangered Species Unfortunately, Michigan has many threated species. An endangered species is, as defined by the DNR, "any species of fish, plant life, or wildlife that is in danger of extinction." In Michigan there are
79 endangered plants
26 endangered mollusks
7 endangered insects
9 endangered fish
2 endagnered amphibians
2 endangered reptiles
9 endangered birds
4 endangered mammals

Information courtesy of http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12141_12168-30497--,00.html

Invasive Species Environment's Economic Impacts Threats and How You Can Help Michigan is also well known for housing many species not native to the state. These not-natural species are nuisances, or threats, to the ecosystem in which it inhabits. One species garnering widespread attention across the midwest is the emerald ash borer. The emerald ash borer
was introduced to the U.S. in 2002
has caused increased border checking and screening of lumber at the Canadian-American border
has killed millions of ash trees in southern Michigan and across the midwest The mammals are the most widely recognized. They are the
cougar
lynx
Indiana bat
Prairie vole. EMERALD ASH BORER Introduced to U.S. in 2002
Has led to numerous border restrictions and screening.
Has killed more than 10 million ash trees in southern Michigan alone. An invasive species common in Michigan and very prevalent in our area is garlic mustard. Biennial herb
Dominates habitat and can displace all other plants within 10 years
Cut and Spray! Two of the main industries in Michigan are tourism and agriculture. Michigan's environment has a huge impact on the latter,obviously, but also greatly impacts the former. Environment's Agricultural Impact
cherry industry
apples
corn
Mining Industries too! Environment's Tourism Impact
unique dunes attract visitors
lots of national parks
Great Lakes of course! Look at this vintage video showing some of Michigan's most famous environmental features... As the invasive species list showed, there are many things that threaten Michigans beautiful environment. These include

coal burning facilities
logging and clear cutting
water-bottling plants (i.e. Ice Mountain) Things you can do to protect Michigan
recycle
try not to drink much bottled water
pick up trash or clean up along a sidewalk
plant a tree (Earth Day is April 22nd!)
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jensenl/visuals/album/2009/sleeping/IMG_8257.jpg http://www.visitusa.com/michigan/images/ontonagonriverpic.jpg http://www.planetware.com/i/photo/hiawatha-national-forest-michigan-mi416.jpg "Walking
Through Michigan"
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