LTBB Odawa Natural Resources Department

LTBB Odawa Natural Resources Department The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Natural Resources Department implements the wise use of natural resources. This is a page for anyone (tribal and non tribal citizens) to learn about our programs, activities, and events.
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Operating as usual

We are again offering a $10 reward for each deer head turned in for Chronic Wasting Disease testing. These deer heads ca...
10/14/2020

We are again offering a $10 reward for each deer head turned in for Chronic Wasting Disease testing. These deer heads can be turned into LTBB NRD or MDNR. This is for LTBB Tribal Members only. Please see the flyer for additional details.

LTBB Natural Resource Department staff participated in this important video about invasive Asian carp.
09/30/2020
Great Lakes Now | Carp Advance | Episode 18

LTBB Natural Resource Department staff participated in this important video about invasive Asian carp.

Invasive Asian carp have infested many U.S. waters, but not the Great Lakes — for now.

Reed Road and Munger Road over the Carp River are currently under construction to upgrade the undersized culverts to bri...
09/29/2020

Reed Road and Munger Road over the Carp River are currently under construction to upgrade the undersized culverts to bridges. These projects are funded by the Conservation Resource Alliance. Prior to construction, survey and relocation efforts had to occur for the Hungerfords Crawling Water Beetle which is a federally threatened species. A collaborative search from LTBB, Tip of the Mitt and CRA staff turned up no beetles. We will be following up with surveys over the next 2 years to monitor any habitat changes.

We will be hosting a Subsistence Gillnet Training on October 9th and 10th. Participants will learn how to set a gillnet,...
09/28/2020

We will be hosting a Subsistence Gillnet Training on October 9th and 10th. Participants will learn how to set a gillnet, retrieve it, remove fish and filet them. This initial class will allow for a limited number of participants but we may host another if there is strong interest! Please see the attached flyer for more details.

We strongly encourage all hunters to use non-lead ammunition. Lead ammunition fragments into potentially hundreds of pie...
09/24/2020

We strongly encourage all hunters to use non-lead ammunition. Lead ammunition fragments into potentially hundreds of pieces on impact. These fragments may be found in the meat you intend to eat as well as the gut pile left behind which is often scavenged by bald eagles, great horned owls and many other important species. Lead poisoning is one of the leading causes of mortality for eagles and we pick up big raptors including eagles every fall with lead poisoning. Lead may also have detrimental effects to human health if consumed. Protect yourself, your family, and the environment by choosing non-lead ammunition.
Photo: National Park Service
#sevengenerations

09/23/2020
The LTBB NRD Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Program has been monitoring Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) hatchling traps a...
08/28/2020

The LTBB NRD Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Program has been monitoring Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) hatchling traps along the Upper Black River. The Wood Turtle is a species of Special Concern in Michigan. The hatchling traps are checked daily and the turtles are released on site at the river. The traps protect the turtle hatchlings from predators such as raccoons. The majority of wood turtle eggs are consumed by predators, therefore it is important to do whatever we can to help this culturally significant species and clan animal. #turtle #mishikii #woodturtle #sevengenerations #conservation

The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Program has been evaluating the Maple River for potential Arctic Grayling re-introduct...
08/14/2020

The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Program has been evaluating the Maple River for potential Arctic Grayling re-introduction. This is part of a larger collaboration with other Tribes, the State and many others. The Maple River in Emmet County was possibly one of the last strongholds for Michigan Grayling before their eventual extinction.

White-tailed deer (Waawaashkesh) fawns are typically born in May and June. It is not uncommon for deer to leave their fa...
05/27/2020

White-tailed deer (Waawaashkesh) fawns are typically born in May and June. It is not uncommon for deer to leave their fawns unattended for up to eight hours at a time. This behavior helps reduce the potential of predators finding the fawn. A fawn’s spots are excellent camouflage and it has very little scent, which will help it stay hidden from predators. If you find a fawn alone, do not touch it, as this might leave your scent and could attract predators. Give it plenty of space and leave the area quickly. The mother deer will return for her fawns when she feels it is safe, but she may not return if people or dogs are present. #waawaashkesh #deer #fauns #spring #wildlife #respect

05/08/2020
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Government

Our closure will reflect the State of Michigan but some services are still available. See pinned post on our FB page.

LTBB Government Extended Closure

Aanii,
With the Governor of Michigan extending the stay at home order until May 28, 2020, we too will be extending our government closure.
We are extending our closure until May 31, 2020.
The safety of our employees and community continues to be our highest priority. Government operations will continue as-is with most of the government services being administered via on-line, phone, and snail-mail.
Please check the website and follow us on facebook to get notifications of LTBB Government operations.
Please continue to stay home and stay safe the best you can. We understand that these are trying times for everyone.
We will do our best and our part to keep the community safe and continue to provide services to the community.

05/04/2020
Gather

“We fight to restore our foodways.”
Ziibimijwang Farm
Minogin
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Government
Gather

We are so grateful to share this. Find us starting September 8th on iTunes, Amazon and Vimeo on Demand. Executive Produced by First Nations Development Institute, Jason Momoa, Brian Mendoza, Jennifer Buffett, Wendy Schmidt and Christine Schantz.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/gather/id1527340516

05/01/2020

Attention LTBB Commercial Fisherman!!!!
The Little Traverse Bay Bands Of Odawa Indians (LTBB) Natural Resource Commission has approved a COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN COVID 19 RELEIF PROGRAM for LTBB Commercial Fishermen. Active LTBB Commercial Fisher Captains and Helpers who have participated in 20 of more lifts in the 2019 season and or obtained their 2020 license before March 9, 2020 may be eligible for a one-time only payment of up to $750 for Captains or $250 for Helpers.
Interested LTBB Commercial fishermen will need to complete an application to apply. COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN COVID 19 RELEIF PROGRAM Applications and a copy of the Program Policy can be obtained on the LTBB Government Website, from the NRD drop box in the front of the NRD bldg. or by contacting the NRD main phone line (231) 242-1670 and requesting it be sent to you.

Our Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Program researchers captured this adult migizi (pictured on the the right side of 1st ...
04/16/2020

Our Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Program researchers captured this adult migizi (pictured on the the right side of 1st photo) on trail camera recently. This bird had been banded by the same researchers almost 5 years earlier as an eaglet, likely about 8 weeks old, in a nest on the Carp Lake River. IFWP researchers also captured some rare golden eagles on trail camera recently too. There's a lot to learn about the presence of golden eagles in the region.

The LTBB Odawa Natural Resources Department would like to remind our Tribal Citizens to maintain social distancing while...
04/09/2020

The LTBB Odawa Natural Resources Department would like to remind our Tribal Citizens to maintain social distancing while exercising Treaty Rights or recreating in the outdoors. This means maintaining at least a 6 foot distance from others (non-household individuals) while out gathering, fishing, spearing or hunting during this pandemic. This also includes carpooling or riding with others (non-household individuals) on the way to exercise a Treaty Right or to recreate outside. Miigwech!
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Government

04/07/2020

As of now LTBB Odawa Natural Resources Department offices will remain closed to the public until June 1st. However, any Tribal citizens needing a license or permits (ex. Walleye) can still obtain them. They will need to call the NRD in advance at 231 242-1670. License and permits will then be emailed, faxed or snail mailed to the Tribal citizen. Tribal citizens needing a license or permit that same day or that are local may come to the office however they will not be admitted to the building. Their license/ permit will be placed into a mail box at the front door of the NRD. Miigwech and be safe.
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Government

Gegiinwaa gdaabizhaam - You all should comeDo you hunt or gather wild foods or cultural materials on public lands such a...
03/11/2020

Gegiinwaa gdaabizhaam - You all should come

Do you hunt or gather wild foods or cultural materials on public lands such as State and National Parks and Forests? Are there natural resources you would like to see more of or do you have any ideas about how public lands could be better managed? If so, we would love to hear from you! Share your ideas at our Public Lands Workshop to help us better understand what LTBB members really want to see on our public lands. Then we can work with State and Federal agencies to achieve that vision. Gegiinwaa gdaabizhaam, miigwech

02/27/2020
LTBB Odawa Natural Resources Department

We hear the sap was running...

ziisbaakdaaboo ziisbaakwot zhitoodaa - let’s make maple sugar

https://youtu.be/yFGbgAcgQUo

Ziisbaakdaboo (maple sap) is the first medicine water in spring and many years ago Waganakising Odawak would produce ziisbaakwot (ziinzibaakwad, maple sugar) from ziisbaakdaboo by the ton. It was a plentiful source of nourishiment and an important commnunity event. The Treaty Rights Enhancement Specialist of LTBBNRD and Tribal Community are taking steps to revitilize this culturally important process and resource. We have documented the recent ziisbaakwot creation in this short film which also includes an old story of Nanabozho as well as an Anishnaabemowin element. Please watch in the highest quality possible. Miigwech!

Miss Casey: Boyne Falls Public School
02/27/2020

Miss Casey: Boyne Falls Public School

Dan Hinmon, the Treaty Rights Enhancement Specialist from the LTBB Odawa Natural Resources Department, visited second and fourth grade to help us learn about maple sap, maple syrup, maple sugar, and their importance to Anishinaabek. Students learned why maple sap is harvested at the end of winter, how to ID maple trees, and how sap is turned into syrup. We ended the day by tasting a delicious recipe made with maple sugar, manoomin, and strawberries and watched this amazing video of maple sugar being made! Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFGbgAcgQUo

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The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Program is doing a survey on the rare American Marten and Fisher on the 1855 Reservati...
02/13/2020

The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Program is doing a survey on the rare American Marten and Fisher on the 1855 Reservation and State land areas nearby. The research is sort of a duplication that they performed for their Black Bear survey in 2019. The two projects have very similar methods and are being done in collaboration with Michigan Natural Features Inventory. It is safe to say they are getting some hits! These are just some of the photos.

02/12/2020
LTBB Odawa Natural Resources Department

We are having our second annual ice fishing event this Saturday from 2pm 'til dark at Maple Bay of Burt Lake. There will be bathrooms, food, and bait provided. There will also be some equipment available to borrow but if have your own, please bring it. In addition, there will also be experienced ice fishers present who will provide demonstrations and guidance! So please come out and utilize treaty rights or just enjoy being with community. Here is the video from last year!

Here's a little video from the Ice Fishing Extravaganza this past Saturday. Join us next year in utilizing treaty rights and carrying on cultural tradition!

Come on out and join us on the ice this weekend!
02/11/2020

Come on out and join us on the ice this weekend!

This is a reminder of our upcoming Ice fishing extravaganza! Can you please share this and lets your friends and families know. This is free ice fishing weekend and we are going to have some great prizes available and will be towing elders and children out on our new sleigh!

02/10/2020
www.ltbbodawa-nsn.gov

We are hiring a Water Quality Inter this summer. Come work with us!
https://www.ltbbodawa-nsn.gov/Employment/2020/Water%20Quality%20Intern%20Job%20Posting%2002%2010%202020.pdf

Another Opportunity!Are you looking for a job in the fisheries field? LTBB is looking to hire ANOTHER Senior Hatchery Te...
02/04/2020

Another Opportunity!
Are you looking for a job in the fisheries field? LTBB is looking to hire ANOTHER Senior Hatchery Technician for the LTBB Fisheries Enhancement Facility (F.E.F.)! The LTBB F.E.F. conducts fisheries research, restoration, and education for native species across the Great Lakes. You will get the chance to work with Lake Sturgeon, Cisco, Lake Whitefish, and Walleye. Please find the job posting and application information on our website:
https://www.ltbbodawa-nsn.gov/Employment/Employment.html

This is a reminder of our upcoming Ice fishing extravaganza! Can you please share this and lets your friends and familie...
02/04/2020

This is a reminder of our upcoming Ice fishing extravaganza! Can you please share this and lets your friends and families know. This is free ice fishing weekend and we are going to have some great prizes available and will be towing elders and children out on our new sleigh!

This is a reminder of our upcoming Ice fishing extravaganza! Can you please share this and lets your friends and families know. This is free ice fishing weekend and we are going to have some great prizes available and will be towing elders and children out on our new sleigh!

Are you looking for a job in the fisheries field? LTBB is looking to hire a Senior Hatchery Technician for the LTBB Fish...
12/10/2019
www.ltbbodawa-nsn.gov

Are you looking for a job in the fisheries field? LTBB is looking to hire a Senior Hatchery Technician for the LTBB Fisheries Enhancement Facility (F.E.F.)! The LTBB F.E.F. conducts fisheries research, restoration, and education for native species across the Great Lakes. You will get the chance to work with Lake Sturgeon, Cisco, Lake Whitefish, and Walleye. Please find the job posting and application information on our website:

https://www.ltbbodawa-nsn.gov/Employment/2019/Senior%20Hatchery%20Technician%20Job%20Posting%2012%2005%2019.pdf

Over the past two weeks LTBB fisheries staff have been netting in Elk Rapids, collecting the adult Cisco and Lake Whitef...
11/26/2019

Over the past two weeks LTBB fisheries staff have been netting in Elk Rapids, collecting the adult Cisco and Lake Whitefish. These fish are apart of a project that is investigating possible restoration solutions for a declining Lake Whitefish population in Lake Michigan.

A turn in the weather and our luck early last week allowed us to collect all of the adult fish, both Whitefish and Cisco, by Wednesday! Which was super awesome! We have never collected all of our fish this early in November! We have to thank our AWESOME TEAM. There were lots of hours put in and time away from home, but it was totally worth it!

Staff went down to Elk Rapids on Sunday morning and 41 or the 54 female whitefish were ripe and running! We spawned all 41, which took 7 people about 4.5 hours. Our Fish health and egg enumeration required us to split up and took about 4 hours for the fish health team and 5 hours for the enumeration team. Chi Migwetch to Rusty Aikens from the Soo Tribe (Hatchery Manager) as he met us at our hatchery to help us work up eggs. We ended around 2am Monday morning at the hatchery.

In total we spawned 41 pairs, 1 of the 41 pairs was a “dud”, so the final was 40 Lake Whitefish pairings. There were 1.4 million eggs, taking up approximately 28 liters. The females averaged ~35,000 eggs (~700ml) each.

These eggs will hatch out at the LTBB Fisheries Enhancement Facility in Levering. The ensuing fry and fingerlings will be stocked into Lake Michigan in Harbor Springs.

This by far was our best whitefish egg collection. We were able to reach our goal and do so in the shortest amount of time. Last year we were only netted 12 Lake Whitefish females, which took us probably double the staff time to capture. Thank you to all involved.

Over the past two weeks LTBB fisheries staff have been netting in Elk Rapids, collecting the adult Cisco and Lake Whitefish. These fish are apart of a project that is investigating possible restoration solutions for a declining Lake Whitefish population in Lake Michigan.

A turn in the weather and our luck early last week allowed us to collect all of the adult fish, both Whitefish and Cisco, by Wednesday! Which was super awesome! We have never collected all of our fish this early in November! We have to thank our AWESOME TEAM. There were lots of hours put in and time away from home, but it was totally worth it!

Staff went down to Elk Rapids on Sunday morning and 41 or the 54 female whitefish were ripe and running! We spawned all 41, which took 7 people about 4.5 hours. Our Fish health and egg enumeration required us to split up and took about 4 hours for the fish health team and 5 hours for the enumeration team. Chi Migwetch to Rusty Aikens from the Soo Tribe (Hatchery Manager) as he met us at our hatchery to help us work up eggs. We ended around 2am Monday morning at the hatchery.

In total we spawned 41 pairs, 1 of the 41 pairs was a “dud”, so the final was 40 Lake Whitefish pairings. There were 1.4 million eggs, taking up approximately 28 liters. The females averaged ~35,000 eggs (~700ml) each.

These eggs will hatch out at the LTBB Fisheries Enhancement Facility in Levering. The ensuing fry and fingerlings will be stocked into Lake Michigan in Harbor Springs.

This by far was our best whitefish egg collection. We were able to reach our goal and do so in the shortest amount of time. Last year we were only netted 12 Lake Whitefish females, which took us probably double the staff time to capture. Thank you to all involved.

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7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, MI
49740

General information

This page is for anyone interested in learning more about the LTBB NRD programs. We appreciate your feedback and discussions that are appropriate, respectful and on topic. Those that are not will be deleted. LTBB NRD Mission Statement We will continue to lead in the enforcement, conservation and management of tribal natural resources by successfully and responsibly preserving the LTBB's sovereign right to hunt and fish, both on the inland lands and waters as well as commercial and subsistence fishing on the 1836 Great Lakes . We will wisely utilize our natural resources in order to promote, honor and respect our traditional, spiritual and physical relationship with the land and waters. We will implement management strategies that protect our resources on, above, below and within the land and waters for the future benefit of our Tribe. The Natural Resource Department provides many services and performs many duties for the LTBB membership. These services and duties include: issuing LTBB Inland Hunting/Fishing Licenses for LTBB Reservation, issuing Inland Hunting/Fishing Licenses for the 1836 Ceded Territory, issuing LTBB Commercial Fishing Licenses for the Great Lakes 1836 Treaty, gathering and analyzing Great Lake fish data; gathering and analyzing specific wildlife data, developing management, plans, strategies and regulations and enforcement of Tribal regulations within jurisdiction of the LTBB Tribe and Treaty Lands.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(231) 242-1670

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