Information about Type E Botulism in Michigan's Wildlife

Type E botulism has been confirmed in the deaths of many fish-eating waterfowl and diving ducks along the beaches of northern Lake Michigan. For more information about Botulism in Wildlife, visit the Wildlife Disease Manual.

Type E Botulism Outbreaks: A Manual for Beach Managers and the Public 
Collection of Carcasses for Submission and Examination 

Citizens should contact one of the individuals on the Northern Lake Michigan Botulism contact list below. If unable to do this, the nearest DNR Wildlife Office should be contacted and arrangements made to deliver the specimens to the office. It may be possible for DNR personnel to pick up specimens, but it may be necessary to deliver them. DNR field personnel will forward the specimens to the DNR wildlife Disease Lab in Lansing for necropsy and botulism testing. 

NORTHERN LAKE MICHIGAN BOTULISM CONTACT LIST 

 

COUNTY COORDINATOR  COUNTIES  PHONE  Email
Mark Breederland  Benzie
Leelanau
 
231-922-4628  breeder@msu.edu
Peg Comfort  Antrim  231-676-0566  whitepine@torch.lake.com
Dan Myers  Alpena
Charlevoix
Cheboygan
Emmet
Presque Isle
 
231-347-1181  dan@watershedcouncil.org
Joe Kaplan  Delta
Mackinac
Menominee
Schoolcraft
 
906-487-9060  commoncoast@gmail.com
John Nelson  Grand Traverse  231-935-1514  baykeeper@gtbay.org
Sue Jennings Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 231-326-4751 Sue_Jennings@nps.gov