In October, the International Union for Conservation of Nature presented its annual Red List of Threatened Species, which was covered pretty extensively by the media. Mammals were the big story; the IUCN said 1 in 4 mammal species worldwide faces extinction. I’d like to know how endangered species are doing in Michigan. How many are there? What groups are the most trouble? Are any recovering? Are they getting worse?
The Department of Natural Resources handles endangered species in Michigan; I could probably talk to someone there. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were an MSU professor working on conservation biology.