July 2021: Wildlife Conservation Month

WHEREAS, Michigan's natural beauty, abundant wildlife, and plentiful waters are enjoyed by millions of residents and visitors every year, and should be preserved and protected; and,


WHEREAS, science-based wildlife management and conservation decisions such as actively enhancing habitat, monitoring wildlife populations, preventing the spread of disease, and regulating hunting and fishing seasons help balance our use of natural resources with the needs of Michigan's wildlife; and,


WHEREAS, Michigan has approximately 11,000 inland lakes and 36,000 miles of rivers and streams which provide abundant wildlife habitats; and,


WHEREAS, as a result of protections, regulations, and extensive conservation efforts, Michigan populations of white-tailed deer, grouse, Kirtland's Warbler, and many other species have rebounded from near extirpation; and,


WHEREAS, this year is the seventh anniversary of the creation of the Michigan Wildlife Council, a bipartisan-approved panel entrusted with educating the public about the importance of wildlife management in preserving Michigan's outdoor heritage for future generations; and,


WHEREAS, during this month, we should appreciate the important role wildlife plays in providing balance and stability to nature and recommit ourselves to preserving and protecting wildlife in our state and throughout the nation and the globe;  


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim July 2021 as Wildlife Conservation Month in Michigan.