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Endangered and Invasive Species Research Guide: Documents - Endangered

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

Online Documents - Michigan, Great Lakes

The full list of currently threatened and endangered species in Michigan [filed with the Secretary of State on April 9, 2009] [PDF is 13 pages].
Frequently Asked Questions regarding the 2009 Revision of the State Endangered Species List (above).

Great Lakes Conservation Blueprint for Biodiversity 
2005. © Nature Conservancy of Canada
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (Ontario Natural Heritage Information Centre) and the Nature Conservancy of Canada together produced the Great Lakes Conservation Blueprint for Biodiversity, a shared vision for natural heritage conservation. This set of four reports identifies a portfolio of sites representing high quality terrestrial and freshwater areas that can support a broad range of natural biodiversity, including species at risk. Separate volumes cover both terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity. HTML page with multiple PDF files.

Online Documents - Endangered Species Act

This page contains documents, lists and laws pertaining to the Endangered Species Act, individual species, and laws and policies governing the ESA.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species program - Publications
The ESP has the following documents online through their Publications website.  There are additional publications available, too many to list here.
A History of the Endangered Species Act [4/2008]
Candidate Species [2/2007]
ESA Basics [2/2009] [PDF], a brief summary of the Endangered Species Act
Endangered Species Contacts [7/2009]
Endangered Species Bulletin
Grants: Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act [7/2009]
Permits for Native Species [5/2008]
The Endangered Species Act of 1973. As Amended through the 108th Congress [PDF - 44 pages]
The Endangered Species Act at 35
What You Can Do to Help Wildlife and Plants [2/2008]
Why Save Endangered Species? [7/2005]

The Endangered Species Act: Interfacing with Agricultural and Natural Ecosystems - CAST Commentary, QTA2009-2 / Anderson, Lars; Bodenchuk, Michael 8 pp., October 2009
This Commentary explores the interaction between the regulatory policy of the Endangered Species Act, public perception, and science in relation to the interpretation of risk to endangered species from various "stressors" associated with agricultural practices. In the absence of definitive government policy, courts are establishing risk mitigation procedures that may adversely affect agricultural productivity and practices.

Online Documents - General

Disappearing Jewels: The Status of New World Amphibians
2004. This report on the New World findings of the Global Amphibian Assessment provides a comprehensive analysis of the conservation status of the amphibians of North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean, where nearly two out of every five amphibians are threatened. Disappearing Jewels describes the diversity of amphibians, their fascinating life histories, threats to their survival, and recommendations for conservation action. Written in a lively and accessible style, the report includes 20 figures and 76 color photographs. 54 pages. Executive Summary and PDF File (3.7M).
Disappearing Jewels, Appendix 3: Comprehensive List of Species (PDF file, 1,284K): 

Endangered By Sprawl: How Runaway Development Threatens America’s Wildlife
2005. Endangered by Sprawl integrates widely accepted measures of development density and projections of population growth with a new analysis of our comprehensive data on rare and endangered species. It shows that habitat for imperiled plants and animals is often intertwined with where most people live. The report analyzes the 35 fastest-growing large metro areas in the United States and makes recommendations to stem habitat loss. 53 Pages.Executive Summary and PDF File (4.5M).

Evolution Lost, Status & Trends of the World's Vertebrates 
2010. With the publication of Evolution Lost, for the first time the world has a detailed understanding of the conservation status of vertebrates: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. This information is pulled together at the level of species and populations. The species-level data are based on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The population-level data are drawn from the WWF Living Planet Index. (PDF, 95 pgs, 7.3MB)

Print Resources

This is a short list of the more obscure print documents that address invasive, noxious, and/or nonindigenous species.  Note that most documents in the MSU Libraries are most easily located by a subject search as outlined in the General Research - Catalog and Subject Searching section of this guide.

Atlas of endangered species, rev. and updated / Richard Mackay.
University of California Press, [2008], c2009.
Vividly illustrated with full-color maps and detailed graphics, The Atlas of Endangered Species catalogs the inhabitants of a wide variety of ecosystems, including forests, mangroves, and coral reefs. It examines the major threats to biodiversity, from loss of habitat to hunting, and describes athe steps being taken toward conservation.
QH75 .M285 2008

Endangered species: File of clippings, pamphlets and miscellanea
Collected at Michigan State University Libraries in the Special Collections Division's American Radicalism Vertical File (ARVF)

A forester's field guide to the endangered and threatened plants of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
[Escanaba, MI]: Mead Corporation; [Norway, MI]: Champion International Corporation; [AuTrain, MI] : Shelter Bay Forests, Inc., c1999.
This title is avaialble through the State Library of Michigan, requestable via MelCat.

A Guide to the Recorded Distribution of Endangered, Threatened and Rare Species in Michigan. Providing a Bibliographic Discussion of the Subject, Annotated List of Reference Sources and Directory of Local Nature Associations, Centers, Agencies, and University Field Stations [microform] / Nancy A. Yakes.
(A detailed summary of this 97-page document is in the library record.)
MSU MICROFORMS, 2 WEST, ED224713 Microfiche

Natural areas of the Lake Michigan drainage basin and endangered or threatened plant and animal species / Forest Stearns and Diane Lindsley.
Argonne, Ill.: Argonne National Laboratory, 1977.
Series:    Environmental status of the Lake Michigan region ; v. 11.
QH104.5.G7 S7 

Proceedings of Natural Resources Commission / Michigan. Natural Resources Commission.
v.49 (1969/1970)-v.52 (1972/1973)
Proceedings contain various articles pertaining to endangered species in Michigan.
S916. M55

A Survey of Lake Medora, Keweenaw County, with special emphasis on the endangered species of Medora whitefish / Merle G Galbraith. 1975.
Fisheries research report, no. 1823
Fisheries research reports. numbers 1-1950. Microfiche compilation of the series: Fisheries research report (Lansing, Mich.)
MSU GOV DOCS MICH FICHE, 3 W, SH328 .M533 1996


2 noteworthy ARTICLES:
Endangered, threatened, and rare vascular plants in Michigan / W. H. Wagner, E. G. Voss, J. H. Bearman, E. A. Bourdo, F. W. Case, J. A. Churchill, and P. W. Thompson. p. 99-110.
Michigan Botanist. Vol 16, no. 3; May 1977.
QK1 .M49

Commentary on endangered and threatened plants in Michigan / by J.H. Beaman. p. 110-122
Michigan Botanist. Vol 16, no. 3; May 1977.
QK1 .M49