endangered species

Female gray wolf photo
Seney Natural History Association / flickr creative commons

A federal appeals court Tuesday retained federal protection for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region, ruling that the government acted prematurely when it dropped them from the endangered species list.

Madagascar malachite kingfisher photo
Meredith Gore

Illegal wildlife trading is the fifth most profitable illicit trade in the world, and it’s not just happening in other parts of the world, it happens here in Michigan too. Current State talks with MSU associate professor Meredith Gore, who researches the decline and exploitation of wildlife and natural resources and works to find solutions.


Piping plovers make comeback in the Great Lakes

Apr 7, 2015
Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Spring is in the air.

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and the beaches of the Great Lakes are calling.

Well, maybe not for us humans yet.

The piping plover, on the other hand, will be packing its bags and headed for the lakeshore in the next couple of weeks.

The endangered species of shorebird was once almost extinct--with just 12 pairs left in the Great Lakes.

But thanks to conservation efforts, scientists are starting to see a rebound in the population.