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Lone Wolverine Exhibit Tour kicks off June 4th!Dear Friends,
For more than two-hundred years, the last known sighting of a wolverine in Michigan was commonly believed to be by fur traders around the turn of the 18th century. That all changed on February 24, 2004.
On that day, two coyote hunters, Ryan and Aaron Schenk, spotted a female wolverine in Huron County. For six years she graced the local area with her presence, living primarily in the Minden City State Game Area in Sanilac County until being found deceased in March 2010.
Forever preserved by Bay Port taxidermist Sandy Brown, the wolverine has been on permanent display at the Bay City State Recreation Area.
We're bringing her back to the Thumb for a final farewell. The Lone Wolverine Traveling Exhibit will be unveiled at an opening ceremony on Monday, June 4th at 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Sanilac County Courthouse, 60 W. Sanilac Ave., Sandusky. The public will be able to view the display during the courthouse's normal business hours until June 18, when she will be moved to Huron County for the second leg of her tour.
Local science teacher Jeff Ford will participate in the ceremony. He and freelance journalist Elizabeth Shaw recently released their book, The Lone Wolverine, which highlights his efforts to document, photograph and film the mysterious creature during her life in the Thumb.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has constructed a custom mobile case and exhibit just for the tour. A digital presentation produced by Ford will also be playing adjacent to the exhibit and includes actual video and photographs of the wolverine in the wild.
The display is a perfect field trip opportunity for youth groups, families, or schools still in session to develop children's interest in Michigan's natural resources and wildlife. Sportsmen may also enjoy getting a glimpse of a predator that once roamed the state.
Many thanks to Huron County Commissioner Clark Elftman who came up with the idea of a traveling display and DNR Director Rodney Stokes, Michigan Historical Center Director Sandra Clark, many other DNR staff, Jeff Ford, Sanilac County Drain Commissioner Greg Alexander, and Sanilac County Administrator Kathy Dorman for their part in turning this idea into reality.
It's exciting, and I hope you will have an opportunity to see the exhibit of Michigan's last known wolverine in either Huron or Sanilac Counties!
Office HoursOffice hours are an excellent opportunity for you to meet with me or a member of my staff to share your concerns on important legislative issues or to request assistance from my office in matters involving a state agency. My upcoming office hours are as follows:
Friday, June 1
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Pere Marquette Depot, 1904 Room
1000 Adams St., Bay City
More information is available by contacting my office at (866) 305-2131 or by visiting my website at www.statesenatormikegreen.com.
Note: Photos copyrighted by and courtesy of Jeff Ford.