Lyme disease now officially a known risk in Washtenaw County

Lyme disease now officially a known risk in Washtenaw County (MLive, April 13, 2017) It's not easy to eradicate once it's here.

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An Integrated Approach for Managing White-Tailed Deer in Suburban Environments: The Cornell University Study

December 2014-- Cornell's experiences and recommendations will benefit other communities challenged with deer-related impacts.

Download the report An Integrated Approach for Managing White-Tailed Deer in Suburban Environments the "Toolkit" starts on page 26

And they are multiplying rapidly

In a healthy population, female deer can breed as fawns, producing a single fawn at 1 year and continuing through 15 years with 2 to 3 fawns annually.

City of Ann Arbor Deer Count Increases Over Previous Year, City of Ann Arbor, Feb 22, 2016

Download WC4eB's presentation slides Deer Population Growth and Solutions and the Presentation/Talk that went with them

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Status Report: Deer Population Trends and Impacts in County Parks, 2014

Deer pose a direct threat to the diversity and sustainability of wildlife habitat with in WCPARC natural areas.
- Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission

Download our handout, Deer in Ann Arbor: The Problem & The Solution-- giving facts and figures of the deer population in Washtenaw County

Metroparks 2010 – 2011 Deer Management Plan Implementation Report

It is the consensus of natural area managers that controlling excessive deer populations is critical to the long term health and viability of the native ecosystems that these animals are a component of.

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WC4EB wins accolades from the Community Deer Advisory

WC4EB wins accolades from the Community Deer Advisory

WC4EB wins accolades from the Community Deer Advisory The Community Deer Advisor team, a partnership of Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy, recently praised the City of Ann Arbor and a local group, Washtenaw Citizens for Ecological Balance (WC4EB), for being “exemplary” as the team looked around the nation for community-based deer management initiatives.

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Lyme Disease is here in Washtenaw County

Lyme Disease is here in Washtenaw County

Lyme Disease is here in Washtenaw County

In the foreground is a tick on a bed, courtesy of the dog in the background (thankfully not a deer tick- would be too small to see). Deer help spread the ticks that cause Lyme Disease.

New evidence suggests Lyme disease present in Washtenaw County, MLive, July 29, 2016
Highway accidents and deaths

Highway accidents and deaths

Highway accidents and deaths

2015: Data obtained by the former editor of the Ann Arbor Chronicle (Dave Askins) indicates that deer-vehicle crashes reported shot up to 88, a 72% increase.
Worst Counties for Deer Accidents- 2014:
No. 1 -- Oakland County, most vehicle-deer crashes in the state with 1,750.
No. 10-- Washtenaw County reported 952 vehicle-deer crashes.
Ann Arbor's Plan

Ann Arbor's Plan

Ann Arbor's Plan

Deer Management 2017 Program, Ann Arbor City Council WC4EB.org was asked to prepare a report for the city staff, consultant, and ultimately the City Council. A Community-Endorsed Deer Management Plan for Ann Arboris available.

Read the new science-based review, Managing Ann Arbor's Deer 2017.

Who We Are

The Washtenaw Citizens for Ecological Balance formed earlier this year sharing a common concern about the impact of the growing population of white-tailed deer on our natural landscapes, gardens, and woodlands. We are acutely aware that this destruction of trees, shrubs, and flowers means a reduction in habitat for other animals including birds, butterflies, and bees. And an opportunity for invasives plants to gain a bigger foothold in our natural areas. Our beautiful natural areas throughout Washtenaw County, which were set aside because of their biodiversity, are becoming less so every year.

Problem Statement

An ecosystem is a community of living and non-living things that work together. Plants are pollinated and grow; animals eat plants or other animals, microbes decompose the leftovers. As humans, we have disrupted ecosystem balance, in part through killing off large predators. An overpopulation of certain species has negatively affected the flora of our woodlands and grasslands. These flora provide indispensable food and habitat for our smaller mammals, birds, bees, and butterflies.

Mission Statement

To promote awareness and discussion of the importance of biodiversity in our community and the threats that over abundant species pose to ecological balance. We believe that the most urgent threat, right now, to the Washtenaw County ecosystem is white-tailed deer.

Vision

Washtenaw Citizens for Ecological Balance envisions our community living by an established environmental ethic, whereby land stewardship practices maintain habitat in ecological balance.

Objectives

Contribute to the public dialogue on ecosystem imbalance through research and education.

Ask Us

We have talked with City Council members, met with County Commissioners and the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission, and addressed a variety of civic organizations. We are available to talk with your group. Contact us at info@wc4eb.org.

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CORNELL UNIVERSITY, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY, PRAISE ANN ARBOR DEER MANAGEMENT AND WC4EB’S WEBSITE

The WC4EB.org website is an educational site providing information on deer biology, overabundance, and management, especially in urban areas.

To join us and subscribe to our email list, go to: https://glc-lists.merit.edu/sympa/info/wc4eb