Mama Bear Restorations, Inc. is a natural resources company in Northwest Lower Michigan. For more than a decade, Mama Bear has been working along the eastern shore of Glen Lake near the towns of Glen Arbor and Empire, close to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. In a special environment, laced with springs and small streams flowing from ancient glacial till, Mama Bear has restored several hundred feet of degraded shoreland using native plants. In the process, we developed a recovery protocol for the endangered Michigan Monkey Flower (Mimulus michiganensis) resulting in the dramatic spread of the critically globally imperiled plant. The restored shoreline includes the Leelanau County Park, Old Settlers Picnic Grounds, and is close to the Nineteenth Century town of Burdickville, now the scene of three popular eating spots: Laker Shakes-Burdickville Market, LaBecasse, and Trattoria Funistrada. Mama Bear Restorations as well as several of the company’s clients and Jody Marquis, the company’s owner and founder, have received awards from the prestigious Glen Lake Association. Recently, Mama Bear received a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to assist further recovery of the Michigan Monkey Flower and its habitat and to attempt to eradicate an invasive plant, coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), which is threatening the monkey flower colonies and other native plants along Glen Lake.