Environment


Michigan Conservationists: Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Critical to Save Species

Environmental groups are calling efforts over the past half-century to restore the wild turkey population from the brink of extinction one of America's greatest wildlife success stories.

Authorities have detected the high levels of PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, in deer in several states, including Michigan.
‘Forever Chemicals’ in Deer Pose Challenges for Michigan Hunters

Wildlife agencies across the US are finding elevated levels of a class of toxic chemicals in game animals such as deer—and that's prompting health advisories in places like Michigan, where hunting and fishing are ways of life and key pieces of the economy.

Jim Farley, Ford Motor Company's chief executive officer, stands next to the company's new Ford F-150 Lightning, Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in Dearborn, Mich. (Photo by Carlos Osorio via AP)
Cheaper EVs Coming to Michigan Despite High Battery Costs

Even though battery costs are rising, auto companies in Michigan are rolling out more affordable electric vehicles that should widen their appeal to a larger group of buyers.

This Sept. 26, 2018, file photo provided by the National Park Service shows a 4-year-old female gray wolf emerges from her cage as it is released at Isle Royale National Park. (National Park Service via AP, File)
Wolf Population Surges on Isle Royale After Nearly Dying Off

Isle Royale National Park's gray wolf population has reached 28, a dramatic comeback after the species nearly disappeared from the Lake Superior island chain, researchers said Wednesday.

Mosquito Joe lead technician Damien Ysasi sprays a mixture of essential oil insecticides in a yard in Cascade Township near Grand Rapids, Mich., on July 20, 2022. (AP Photo/John Flesher)
Backyard Mosquito Spraying Booms in Michigan—But It May Be Too Deadly

The winged, spindly-legged bloodsuckers have long been the bane of backyard barbecues and, in tropical nations, carriers of serious disease. Now, with climate change widening the mosquito's range and lengthening its prime season, more Americans are resorting to the booming industry of professional yard spraying.

State health officials have said testing at 55 downstream locations in the Huron River system did not find any hexavalent chromium.
Report: Wixom Company Releases Industrial Chemicals into Water

Health officials say people and pets should avoid contact with the Huron River in parts of Oakland and Livingston counties. It also advises that fish caught in that area should not be eaten.

Zachary Bordner prepares a robotic great horned owl used to lure merlins for capture so they can be banded and fitted with tracking devices on June 27, 2022, near Glen Arbor. (AP Photo/John Flesher)
As Species Recover, Some in Michigan Threaten Others in More Dire Shape

The situation is ironic: A troubled species rebounds thanks to restoration efforts, only to make things worse for others in peril by preying on them or outcompeting them for food and living space.