Conservation and Habitat Restoration for the Northern Mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus) Along the Lake Huron to Lake Erie Corridor in Michigan

The Northern Mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus) is a fully aquatic salamander and key aquatic bioindicator. This species plays a critical ecological role in the Great Lakes region and also serves as the obligate host to the State Endangered Salamander Mussel (Simpsonaias ambigua). Populations have significant declined throughout Michigan and the Great Lakes in recent years due to several factors including habitat degradation and loss, invasive species, chemical application, persecution, and collection. Given these declines and their ecological importance, this project helped determine the distribution of Mudpuppies along the Huron-Erie Corridor as well as restored critical Mudpuppy habitat in shallow waters along the study area. This presentation will focus on habitat restoration components, our results and early findings, and the importance of collaboration and partnership.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 10:00am to 10:50am
David A. Mifsud
Herpetological Resource and Management, LLC
David A. Mifsud is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, Certified Professional Ecologist, and a Professional Wetland Scientist. He has been working for 20 years in wildlife biology, wetland ecology, and habitat conservation and management with expertise in Michigan amphibians and reptiles. Mifsud is the author of the Amphibian & Reptile Best Management Practices for Michigan. He is the Co-Chair of the State of Michigan Amphibian and Reptile Technical Advisory Board and administer of the Michigan Herpetological Atlas. David also serves as an expert on Great Lakes Turtles for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group and is active in global turtle and tortoises conservation.
Dr. Katherine Greenwald
Eastern Michigan Univeristy
Richard Kik IV
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Other presenters/researchers: 
Maegan Stapleton, Amber Stedman