Box turtles, bumblebees and long-eared owls recommended for Michigan endangered species list


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has proposed adding several new insects, mammals, fish, amphibians, and reptiles to the state’s endangered and threatened species list.

According to a project that describes the different species that MNR has suggested adding to the list, they include new species of molluscs, two types of bumblebees, rattlesnakes, turtles, more than a dozen birds and several species of bats.

The DNR came up with its revised list after hosting seven different advisory committees that made recommendations based on the specialties of each animal species. The list was first unveiled at a public meeting on August 30.

The ministry is now accepting comments on the proposed changes for the remainder of the month.

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Animal species on the list have special government protections under the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, which may restrict development near habitats where endangered species live.

Box turtles, a species of concern in Michigan, inhabit the adjacent woods and fields of Fort Custer. Parks and Recreation employees attempt to model the seasonal use of turtle habitat to ensure that land management practices – controlled b

Written comments on proposed changes can be sent to [email protected] or by mail to the Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division, ATTN: Endangered Species Specialist, PO Box 30444, Lansing, MI 48909.

Comments will be accepted until September 30.

Recommendations for Endangered Threatened Species List


  • Rayed Bean, Eastern Pondmussel, Fawnfoot Fawn, Black Sandshell, Six-whorl Dwarf


  • Rusty-patched Bumblebee, American Bumblebee, Swamp Swamp, Robertson’s Flightless Leafhopper, Huron River Leafhopper, Ottoe’s Skipper, Rufous-tipped Clubtail, Gray Petaltail, Frosted Elfin, Tiger’s Epitail, Leafhopper, Cruiser of the Alleghany River, Culvers Root Borer, Nabokov’s Blue, Grizzled Skipper, Elusive Clubtail


  • Southern Redbellied, Shortjaw Cisco, Mooneye, Sauger, Orange-throated Darter, Silvery Minnow, Bigmouth Minnow, Brindle Madtom


  • Small-mouthed salamander, western little mermaid


  • Copper-bellied Water Snake, Wood Turtle, Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, Eastern Box Turtle


  • Long-eared Owl, Henslow’s Sparrow, Northern Goshawk, Whip-poor-will, Highland Sandpiper, Spruce Grouse, Black Tern, Evening Grosbeak, Peregrine Falcon, Caspian Tern, Cerulean Warbler, Kirtland’s Warbler, Cape Warbler golden wings


  • Little brown bat, Northern bat, Evening bat, Eastern pipistrelle or Tricolor bat


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