2013-05-09 / Community

Seney announces its summer series

SENEY TOWNSHIP – The Seney National Wildlife Refuge is offering a series of summer evening programs from guest presenters. The presentations will cover a variety of topics including applied research and monitoring projects occurring on and around refuge lands.

Presentations will occur once per month in the Refuge Visitor Center.

Wolves - Current Issues for State Management - June 6 at 7 p.m.

Management authority of the Western Great Lakes wolf population was returned to the State DNR after their removal from the Endangered Species List. While, the US Fish and Wildlife Service continues to monitor this population, as required under the Endangered Species Act, the Michigan DNR now deals with the day to day management. Brian Roell, DNR biologist will use this evening presentation to talk about current wolf populations and management issues in the Upper Peninsula, including implementation of the 2008 wolf management plan and recommendations to the Natural Resources Commission regarding public harvest.

Presenter: Brian Roell, Wildlife Biologist, Michigan DNR.

Cooperative Management of Invasive Plants in the Central U.P. - July 18 at 7 p.m.

What is a cooperative weed management area and what does it do? What is the top priority nonnative plant species in the Seney National Wildlife Refuge and the central U.P.? This presentation will answer these questions as well as discuss local cooperative weed management goals, partners, activities and accomplishments.

Presenter: Allyson Dale, Coordinator, Central Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area.

Filming Trumpeter Swans – July 18 at 7:40 p.m.

This mix of behind the scenes observations and stories will provide an inside look at what it’s like to create a wildlife film along with fantastic footage of the swans at Seney National Wildlife Refuge. The Harryman’s have been filming swans at Seney for three years now and will be using this footage for their film “Return of the Trumpeters”.

Presenters: Steve & Char Harryman, Filmmakers, Wildlife America Films.

A Comparison of Current and Pre-settlement Jack Pinedominated Ecosystems in Northern Lower Michigan – Aug. 15 at 7 p.m.

The federally-endangered Kirtland’s warbler nests in young jack pine-dominated ecosystems of Michigan, which were historically maintained by large, frequent wildfires. However, fire suppression has made the management of jack pine plantations necessary since the 1970’s. We used survey data to map 19th century jack pine forests to compare with current plantations in northern Lower Michigan in order to determine ecological changes resulting from plantation management. Recent population increases of the Kirtland’s warbler may create an opportunity to reconsider current management practices in favor of ecologically-based management that more closely emulates the pre-settlement landscape modeled by this study.

Presenter: Madelyn Tucker, Doctoral Student, Wayne State University.

What can DNA tell us about Seney Loons? – Aug. 15 at 7:40 p.m.

The long-term research on the loon population at SNWR has provided novel insights into loon biology, but it also resulted in an archive of hundreds of blood and feather samples collected over 20 years. Those samples - along with samples from other loons from across North America - have now been genetically analyzed, and this information provides some new information regarding loon breeding, migrating and wintering biology. This talk will cover some of these new results, and place them into context of what we already know about the Seney loons given the important ongoing loon research efforts at the refuge.

Presenter: Dr. Alec Lindsay, Associate Professor, Northern Michigan University

What’s In the Air? – Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.

Most visitors expect clean air and good visibility in wildlife refuges but Seney is affected by regional urban and industrial areas and biomass burning. Air pollutants can harm natural and scenic resources in the refuge such as surface waters, plants, soils, fish, birds, animals, and visibility. In 1978, Congress acknowledged the uniqueness of the Seney Wilderness by naming it as a Class I air quality area and since 2000 the US Fish and Wildlife Service has worked with several other programs to monitor and better understand air quality at Seney National Wildlife Refuge. This presentation will provide an overview of the air quality monitoring program at the Refuge.

Presenters: Jim Patton and Don Gardener, Air Monitoring Station Volunteers, Seney NWR.

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