• Make a Donation to the Nongame Wildlife FundMichigan is home to nearly 700 species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. The majority of these species are considered nongame animals. A primary source of funding to protect, restore and manage these species is the Nongame Fish and Wildlife Fund. Your donation contributes to management and education activities for endangered, threatened and nongame wildlife and will be used to support projects like restoration of ospreys in southern Michigan, identifying and managing important migratory routes and stop-over sites for songbirds, and restoring habitat for Karner blue and Mitchell's satyr butterflies.
• Keeping Common Species CommonOver 80 percent of Michigan's wildlife species can be classified as nongame species. Let's keep these species common!
• Mitchell's Satyr Habitat Conservation PlanMitchell's satyr is one of the world's rarest butterflies, found only in Michigan and Indiana. The Michigan DNR is writing a plan to manage the satyr's habitat. This Habitat Conservation Plan is being written with input from partners and interested citizens like you. Read more at the link above.
• Protecting Michigan box turtles, with some help from man's best friendHumans have used dogs as helpers in innumerable pursuits for centuries, and that relationship seems to expand daily. John Rucker, a life-long bird hunting enthusiast, has always kept dogs to help him pursue upland game, but he's also trained his Boykin spaniels to perform an unusual task. Rucker's dogs have been trained to find and retrieve turtles.
A Partner in Resource ProtectionThe Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) program conducts field surveys to locate and identify threatened and endangered species and communities throughout the state, created and maintains a database of all relevant species and community locations, provides data summaries and analysis in support of environmental reviews, and provides biological expertise to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).