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Endangered and Invasive Species Research Guide: Endangered, Threatened Species

This guide provides key resources for researching endangered and invasive plant and animal species in Michigan, nationally and globally.

Web resources


Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Endangered and Nongame Wildlife

Endangered Species in the Great Lakes Region / Great Lakes Information Network 
Sections include: What's New, General Resources, Events, Laws, Species Listings, Related Resources

Species at Risk: Fisheries: Aquatic and Endangered Resources / Great Lakes Science Center, USGS

"Comment Period Reopens on Proposal to Delist the Western Great Lakes DPS: Aug. 26 to Sept. 26, 2011." Gray Wolves in the Western Great Lakes States, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Salazar Announces $53 Million in Grants to Support Habitat Acquisition and Conservation Planning for Endangered Species Date: August 24, 2011

Beacham's guide to the endangered species of North America [electronic resource] / edited by Walton Beacham, Frank V. Castronova, Suzanne Sessine.
v. 1. Mammals, birds, reptiles -- v. 2. Amphibians, fishes, snails, mussels, and clams -- v. 3. Arachnids and crustaceans, insects, lichens, fern allies, true ferns, conifers, dicots -- v. 4-5. Dicots -- v. 6. Dicots, monocots, glossary, organizations, indexes.
MSU ONLINE RESOURCE - QH77.N56 B43 2001 Online

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species program
The Fish and Wildlife Service in the Department of the Interior and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-Fisheries in the Department of Commerce share responsibility for administration of the Endangered Species Act.

Species Information
Before a plant or animal species can receive protection under the Endangered Species Act, it must first be placed on the Federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants. The ESP listing program follows a strict legal process [12/2005] [PDF] to determine whether to list a species, depending on the degree of threat it faces. An “endangered” species is one that is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. A “threatened” species is one that is likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future. The Service also maintains a list of plant and animals native to the United States that are candidates or proposed for possible addition to the Federal list. All of the Service’s actions, from proposals to listings to removals (“delisting”) [2/2004] [PDF], are announced through the Federal Register.

PLANTS Database - Threatened & Endangered
Find federal and state threatened and endangered plants using custom search criteria.

Endangered Species Related Laws, Regulations, Policies & Notices
The Fish and Wildlife Service in the Department of the Interior and NOAA- Fisheries in the Department of Commerce share responsibility for administration of the Endangered Species Act. This webpage contains information about internal guidance and national policies that we have issued to promote efficiency and nationwide consistency in implementing the ESA to conserve and recover listed species of plants and animals native to the United States and its territories.

Endangered Species International Activities
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is concerned with the fate of wildlife across our country's borders as well as within. Many of the species that are familiar to us in our backyards spend much of their time in Canada or Mexico, or both, or have broad ranges that extend beyond the borders of any one country. Some species found in other countries may be brought into the United States as pets, as hunting trophies, or in commercial products resulting from activities that could threaten their long term survival.

Endangered Species: Selected Internet Resources / Science Reference Section, Science, Technology and Business Division, Library of Congress

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on plants and animals that have been globally evaluated using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. This system is designed to determine the relative risk of extinction, and the main purpose of the IUCN Red List is to catalogue and highlight those plants and animals that are facing a higher risk of global extinction (i.e. those listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable). The IUCN Red List also includes information on plants and animals that are categorized as Extinct or Extinct in the Wild; on taxa that cannot be evaluated because of insufficient information

Canada's Species at Risk Public Registry

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