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From the Department of Natural Resources:



Avian Botulism Plaguing Lake Michigan; Common Loons Suffering

Please see the article from Audubon Magazine:

Local Volunteers Monitor Beaches

October 30, 2012

Local Volunteers Monitor Beaches

TRAVERSE CITY, MI- Local volunteers around northern Lake Michigan are monitoring beaches as part of an effort to record the number of birds dying from botulism E. After thousands of birds died in 2007, regional environmental organizations created the Northern Lake Michigan Botulism Network to assist government agencies in monitoring hundreds of miles of beaches.

The Botulism Network has trained volunteer Beach Rangers to identify the common bird species found on the beach. Banded birds, especially common loons, are collected and sent to Lansing for an autopsy. Common loons are classified as a threatened species in Michigan.

Reports for each county are compiled by The Watershed Center and then sent to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources & Environment.

Anyone interested in becoming a Beach Ranger should contact The Watershed Center. Beach walkers who encounter dead birds on Lake Michigan are encouraged to contact the Botulism Network coordinator in their county:

Grand Traverse – Andy Knott, The Watershed Center (231.941.1514)
Leelanau& Benzie – Mark Breederland, Michigan Sea Grant (231.922.4620)
Antrim – Peg Comfort, LOON NETWORK (231.676.0566)
Charlevoix & Emmet – Kevin Cronk, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (231.347.1181)