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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Shooter To The Rescue!

This year the Pocatello Zoo in Idaho had Shooter the elk for a lifeguard; at least around his water tank.  Back in June Shooter saved the life of a marmot (large ground squirrels) that had fallen into his water tank. 

Dr. Joy Fox thought that it was odd that Shooter had been playing around his water tank.  So she grabbed her camera.  “We thought he was just going to climb in the tank.  He was sniffing and pawing and he kept shifting around and looking into the tank,” said Dr. Fox. 

For about 15 minutes Shooter circled his water tank.  He then put his head into the water and pulled out the marmot.  After being set on the ground the marmot was nudged by a large hoof until it started to move.  After a few minutes of catching its breath the ground squirrel scurried home.  “This is incredible, he deliberately took that animal out of the tank” said Zoo employee Kate O’Connor.

As for why Shooter rescued the marmot from drowning the zoo is not sure.  Maybe he did not like the marmot in his water tank or even sensed that it was in distress.  But upon reflection employee, Kate O’Conner felt that since Shooter’s lifestyle needs are being met he could be using more problem solving techniques instead of survival techniques.   

To read more about a lucky marmot and his rescue from drowning click here:

To watch the YouTube video click here:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Another Invasive Species?

Is there another species in Michigan’s Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron?  According to The Great Lakes Environmental Laboratory in Ann Arbor there is.  It is called the Neoergasilus japonicus.  This copepod latches onto the fins of fish in the Great Lakes and eats organic material off their scales.

Although there is no proof, yet, of danger economically or environmentally we still have another new species in our Great Lakes.  The Great Lakes Environmental Laboratory has looked into this new creature.  They said “As long as it doesn’t impact some sort of fishery in the Great Lakes or cause some compounding of water intake, like zebra mussels, it’s probably of no interest for most people.”  As of right now, not much is known on its affect on the fish.

Because of its size the question of how it traveled to Lake Erie has been raised.  A theory to answer this question is that they may have been on pet fish that were dropped into the lake.  

To see the full article click here

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Education Fund Now Up and Running

As many of you know, we started an Education Fund this past year.  This was the idea of one of our members that would like to see more educational and environmental speakers at the Bengel Wildlife Center.  If any of you attended our 2011 Harvest Social we hosted Mr. Wayne Jackson, a Native American speaker and tribal elder with monies from our Education Fund.  

This year we would like to have a speaker for Earth Day and perhaps another later in the year.  Ideally we would like to host two programs a year.  Our intention is that the speakers brought in would educate people of our community about environmental issues that affect Michigan.  The Michigan Wildlife Conservancy would like to help preserve the natural environment that we have been blessed with. 

We have a few ideas about speakers we would like to bring in this year.  If you would like to learn more about our Education Fund or the speakers and/or issues we want to present, please contact Jennifer at or call at (517) 641-7677.  

If you have heard a speaker that you believe we should consider contact Jennifer.  Your input is very much appreciated. 

If you would like to donate to our Education Fund you may use our secure website at, download this form and identify that your donation is for our Education Fund, or contact Jennifer over the phone at the above phone number.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Talk On Cougars To Highlight Lenawee Conservation District Annual Meeting

DECEMBER 23, 2011 


Contact:  Judith Holcomb
(517) 263-7400 Ext. 101


The public is invited to the Lenawee Conservation District Annual Meeting & Director Election on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at the Christian Family Centre on 1800 West U.S. 223 in Adrian, Michigan.   The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with dinner followed by awards and a short review of the 2011 District programs.  The event should prove to be exceptionally interesting with guest speaker Dr. Dennis Fijalkowski, Executive Director of the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy (MWC), bringing a presentation on cougars in Michigan and their activity in Lenawee County.  With cougar sightings more frequently making the news in recent years, Dr. Fijalkowski will present MWC research and study work on the elusive cat.  There will be a question and answer period after the presentation. 

Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door, but RSVPs are needed.  Tickets are $12.00 apiece for adults and $8.00 apiece for children age 12 and under. Deadline for ticket reservations is Thursday, January 5th, 2012.  To reserve or for more information call (517) 263-7400 Ext. 5.  Be sure to bring the whole family for an enjoyable evening that is a sure cure for the “after holiday blahs”.,+Bath,+MI&daddr=Adrian,+1100+Sutton+Road,+MI+49221&hl=en&sll=42.465273,-84.439184&sspn=0.010669,0.026157&geocode=FbsqjQIdSpv3-ilTd9CgqugiiDFyHKsjVkojlw%3BFSQVgAIdEDf--inZ-Y5QxO08iDGbOWtNNXW_Xg&vpsrc=0&mra=ls&t=m&z=9