Invasive Feral Hogs Threaten Habitat, Wildlife, Agriculture, Health

Whether hunted by Jeep or helicopter, with AR-15s or spears, feral hogs are no new game to American sportsmen. However, after decades of spread throughout the U.S. this invasive species continues to menace private landowners and public agencies. Research in the state of Michigan is quantifying just how destructive feral hogs can be to habitat, …

The Michigan Predator-Prey Story

From White-tailed Deer Research to Landscape Level Ecosystem Management: How SCI Foundation Led the Way in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula By SCI Foundation – Conservation Up in the backwoods of the Superior state, the outdoors is a way of life. With everything from moose to muskie, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) has some of the best hunting and …

Michigan Recognizes SCI Foundation on White-tailed Deer Research

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission adopted a resolution on February 11, 2016, commending years of research supported by SCI Foundation showing that white-tailed deer survival in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP) region is dependent on suitable wintering habitat. As a result of these findings, the state is now moving to improve the UP’s winter deer habitat …

SCI Foundation Helps Manage White-tailed Winter Habitat

SCI Foundation recently partnered with Iron Range Consulting & Services Inc. and Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on a new habitat management project for Lake Gogebic in the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan. The DNR has worked with SCI Foundation on a myriad of wildlife related projects including moose, black bears, waterfowl and now …

Weekly Update: Michigan Predator-Prey Project

  This week, SCI Foundation has been providing an inside look of the Michigan Predator-Prey Project through our “Week in the Field” video series. The project’s overall objective is to understand cause-specific mortality of white-tailed deer fawns. Mortality due to predation is being compared to other causes of mortality across three different snow zones (low, …

Estimating White-Tailed Deer Fawn Survival in Michigan

By Nathan Libal, MS State University; Dr. Jerrold Belant, MS State University; Dr. Dean Beyer, MI DNR Wildlife radio transmitters are an invaluable tool for determining habitat use and movements of many species.  Researchers also use radio transmitters to estimate survival and cause-specific mortality.  Several decades ago, these devices were in their infancy, and managers …

Estimating Bobcat Abundance in Michigan

By Deb Martell, MS State University; Dr. Jerrold Belant, MS State University and Dr. Dean Beyer, MI DNR 1. A bobcat (Lynx rufus) caught on camera at a hair snare site. Estimating wildlife abundance is important for effective management and understanding species’ ecology, including predator-prey relationships.  Use of DNA-based identification of individuals from tissue samples …