Michigan -(Ammoland.com)- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that this year’s Living Resources patch, featuring the endangered American burying beetle, is available for purchase.
The patch was created from the winning design contest entry submitted by Kennedy Thelen, a fourth-grader from Westwood Elementary School in Portland, Michigan.
The 2014 Living Resource patch design contest was in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Michigan Endangered Species Act. Students in fourth, fifth and sixth grade across the state submitted drawing entries for the 2015-16 patch after learning about Michigan’s threatened and endangered species in their classrooms.
The American burying beetle is the largest carrion-feeding (carcass-eating) insect in North America, cleaning the environment as they bury small dead animals for future usage. They are an inch and a half in length with a black, glossy body and bright orange patches on the head, face, antennae and wing coverings. Unlike other species, American burying beetles have a red head and pronotum (the shield-like area behind the head).
Historically known throughout eastern North America, these beetles currently are known to be found in Nebraska, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Rhode Island, and they have been reintroduced in Ohio. They likely are extirpated (eliminated) from Michigan. American burying beetles were listed as a federally endangered species in 1989.
This Living Resources patch can be purchased in the Michigan e-store. Check the 2015 Michigan Hunting and Trapping Digest (distributed later this summer) for a mail-in order form in order to pay with a check. Past years’ Living Resources patches still are available; please check the Michigan e-store for a complete list of available patches.
All proceeds from Living Resources patch purchases go to the Nongame Wildlife Fund to help fund habitat improvement and monitoring projects for threatened, endangered and nongame species in the state of Michigan. Visit www.michigan.gov/nongamewildlife to learn more about contributing to Michigan’s Nongame Wildlife Fund through a donation or the Wildlife Habitat license plate.