A new exhibit, Michigan Wildlife Photo Mosaics, is officially open at the Michigan History Center in Lansing, featuring six one-of-a-kind photo mosaics celebrating Michigan’s greatest wildlife conservation success stories.
The goal of the exhibit is to educate the general public of the benefits of outdoor recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, and other licensed sports.
In 2019, the Michigan Wildlife Council went on a road show to six cities throughout the state exhibiting species that have benefited from hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation conservation efforts. In each city, they displayed a Peregrine Falcon, Wild Turkey, Elk, the Lake Sturgeon, and the Kirtland Warbler to educate the public how valuable these species are, as well as how they were able to be brought back.
The photo mosaics were crafted with the hands of over 10,000 people to highlight the six species the Michigan Wildlife Council is working to save through their conservation efforts.
Thanks to hunting and fishing license fees, those funds are able to go towards bringing those species back and doing conservation activities. The total amount of money going towards wildlife conversations from these licensing fees is approximately $60 million a year.
However, only a small portion of people in Michigan purchase hunting and fishing licenses each year. The goal of this exhibit was to spread awareness of these species, and in turn encourage visitors to purchase a recreational license to assist with the council's conservation efforts.
To learn more about this and other great wildlife conservation stories, visit hereformioutdoors.org.