Points North, Ep. 17: Protecting endangered wildlife
This week on Points North, we look at animals and the threats they face. Great Lakes piping plovers were on the verge of extinction in the 1980s, but recently they’ve been making a comeback. Still, their slow recovery is hindered by absent-minded beach walkers, high water levels and racoons.
Biologists try a new tactic to bring back endangered piping plovers
The piping plover is one of the most endangered species in the Great Lakes region. Experts say they could be one natural disaster away from extinction. Wildlife biologists are working to increase the population, but they have to fend off new threats each year.
Volunteers count frogs for annual DNR survey
Frogs and toads are highly sensitive to habitat degradation, making them a good measure of environmental health. In the spring, volunteers for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources do listening surveys throughout the state to determine the presence and abundance of species of frogs and toads.
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