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Thompson's Harbor State Park Threatened and Endangered Species

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Rogers City students are becoming experts on threatened and endangered species at Thompson’s Harbor State Park! Middle school students are researching and writing reports on threatened and endangered species that can be found at Thompson's Harbor State Park. Upon becoming experts on threatened and endangered species, middle school students partnered with elementary grade level students to teach them about what they learned. Partnering with elementary students has allowed this project to span across all school levels. High School woodworking students are involved in the project by building blue bird houses to be placed at Thompson’s Harbor State Park; which will enhance the habitat for aerial migrants at the park. 

Upon researching and becoming experts on their chosen species, middle school students presented their species profile to their fellow classmates and the public. The species profile consists of the organisms description, habitat, life cycle, diet, and more. Student’s reports are currently in the process of being published for display in each cabin at Thompson’s Harbor State Park.

In order to help educate the local community on threatened and endangered species students presented at the Friends of Thompson’s Harbor State Park’s Silver Anniversary Celebration in May of 2013. This gave students the opportunity to share their project with the public and help create public awareness regarding threatened and endangered species in the area.

As a final wrap up to this exciting project 70 elementary, middle school and high school students took a field trip to Thompson’s Harbor State Park this spring to learn more about the DNR, wetlands and coastal fens, dunes and  swales, soils in the area, forestry, endangered species, and more! Stations were set up throughout the park from the Michigan DNR, Presque Isle Conservation District, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Michigan Sea Grant and Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. Without the support from the local community and Friends of Thompson’s Harbor State Park this annual project would not be possible.


Click here to learn more about what Rogers City Middle School students are up to at Thompson's Harbor State Park.

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Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake
Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake
Sisturus catenatus
Thompsons Harbor State Park is home to many aquatic species!
Thompsons Harbor State Park is home to many aquatic species!
2012 Field Trip
Students searched for macro invertebrates and terrestrial species along the shoreline.
Students searched for macro invertebrates and terrestrial species along the shoreline.
2012 Field Trip
Bill Grigg from the Friends of Thompsonís Harbor State Park taught students about birds in the area.
Bill Grigg from the Friends of Thompsonís Harbor State Park taught students about birds in the area.
2012 Field Trip
Nick Myers helped students identify macro invertebrates using a dichotomous key!
Nick Myers helped students identify macro invertebrates using a dichotomous key!
2012 Field Trip
Blake Gingrich (L) and Dave Stempky (R) with the Michigan DNR educated students on the management of the park.
Blake Gingrich (L) and Dave Stempky (R) with the Michigan DNR educated students on the management of the park.
2012 Field Trip
The Guide
The Guide - April 2013
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The Guide
The Guide - April 2013
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Blake Gingrich with the Michigan DNR educated students on wetlands, recreation opportunities available at the park, and other opportunities with the DNR.
Blake Gingrich with the Michigan DNR educated students on wetlands, recreation opportunities available at the park, and other opportunities with the DNR.
May 2013 Field Trip
The DNR discussed the importance of wetlands and how 35% of all threatened and endangered species rely on wetlands for survival.
The DNR discussed the importance of wetlands and how 35% of all threatened and endangered species rely on wetlands for survival.
May 2013 Field Trip
Brandon Schroeder with the Michigan Sea Grant taught students about the great lakes fisheries, coastal habitat and the vast biodiversity along the Lake Huron shoreline.
Brandon Schroeder with the Michigan Sea Grant taught students about the great lakes fisheries, coastal habitat and the vast biodiversity along the Lake Huron shoreline.
May 2013 Field Trip
Students took their classroom outside for the day at Thompsons Harbor State Park!
Students took their classroom outside for the day at Thompsons Harbor State Park!
May 2013 Field Trip
Daniel Moffatt taught students about sand dunes and swales at Thompsons Harbor State Park.
Daniel Moffatt taught students about sand dunes and swales at Thompsons Harbor State Park.
May 2013 Field Trip
Sand dunes in MI are a unique feature that provides diversity of environmental elements; including wildlife, topographic relief, vegetation, habitats and climatic conditions.
Sand dunes in MI are a unique feature that provides diversity of environmental elements; including wildlife, topographic relief, vegetation, habitats and climatic conditions.
May 2013 Field Trip
Students were given the opportunity to see a real life endangered species up close - Pitchers Thistle!
Students were given the opportunity to see a real life endangered species up close - Pitchers Thistle!
May 2013 Field Trip
Pitchers Thistle - Cirsium pitcheri
Pitchers Thistle - Cirsium pitcheri
May 2013 Field Trip
Thompson's Harbor State Park
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