ESCANABA, MI - Two islands in northern Lake Michigan will be added to the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge, guaranteeing that the islands will be protected from development.
The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nature Conservancy made the announcement on Wednesday.
The Radio Results Network reports that the islands being added to the Refuge are Rocky Island, which is about two miles off of the shore of Delta County's Garden Peninsula…and the Saint Martin Island, which is located about five miles away from Washington Island.
Both are known as "stepping stones" for birds that migrate through the Great Lakes each spring and fall…as well as other wildlife that need a place to rest and eat. Almost 1,300 acres of land are included in this deal, which will more than triple the size of the Green Bay Refuge.
The Nature Conservancy bought most of Saint Martin Island in 2013.
Rocky Island…which is only ten acres…was donated to the Conservancy in 1986. Now, they both will be under federal management.