NEW PUBLIC COMMENT period through December 11
Environment and Great Lakes Energy (EGLE) is open to additional comments on the routing of high voltage power lines through our wetland until December 11. We ask anyone who can support us in requesting that METC find a route for high voltage power lines that AVOIDS WRA wetlands and surrounding wetland habitat to help our cause by writing in your comments. This type of high voltage transmission line kills millions of birds in the US each year, and wetlands that are filled with birds and rare species are the most deadly areas they can be placed. The planned route crosses the flight path of bald eagles, sandhill cranes, and many rare species such as least bittern, American Bittern, Trumpeter Swans, and hundreds of water birds. American National Standards Institute states clearly that these power lines should NOT be placed in wetlands.
Wildlife Recovery Association was incorporated in 1979 to provide services for and about wildlife and promote a better understanding of their needs. We provide quality educational outreach programs with live birds of prey, participate in research and management programs to support rare and endangered species, and provide care for orphaned and injured hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons. We also manage a wetland sanctuary to protect an ecosystem focused on rare and sensitive species.
Our goals in education are primarily to help people understand, appreciate, and protect wild hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons, and their connection with all of nature.
We also incorporate many science concepts into our school programs, inspiring students to learn more: to think critically, to write well, to sharpen observation skills, and to incorporate art, music, and journalism into their educational goals.
We provide rehabilitation services to injured and orphaned hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons.
Our veterinarian, Dr. White, has 30 years of experience working with birds of prey. In addition, we work with several veterinarians in various parts of Michigan.
Housing for recovering birds includes 5 flight cages from 30 feet in length to 100 feet.
A network of volunteers assists with transport of injured birds when necessary.
We often work with law enforcement agencies whose employees assist in the rescue of birds of prey.
RESEARCH, MANAGEMENT, AND MONITORING
For almost 30 years, we assisted with the reintroduction of peregrine falcons at wild sites in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Now, we monitor peregrine nesting areas to ensure their continued ability to thrive and produce young peregrines. We also encourage citizen science, projects such as nest box construction, and we support university research projects.