Top Michigan Wildlife Stories of 2016

Congratulations, Michigan!

As 2016 comes to a close, we’re proudly celebrating what we believe is the best year ever of highlighting the rich and diverse stories that herald the amazing opportunities Michigan offers to experience our great outdoors and enjoy our state’s unique wildlife habitats.

Together, we waded streams and helped conserve our waters with Michigan Trout Unlimited. We relived outdoor family traditions at Pointe Mouillee State Game Area. We spotlighted one of Michigan’s best outdoor destinations for world-class fishing, kayaking, bird-watching and more right in the heart of Detroit.

The Michigan Wildlife Council enjoyed traveling the state with you this year and sharing these incredible stories.

It has been our pleasure to showcase why Michigan is what it is today – from our forests, our waters and our incredible Michigan wildlife to the hard work and benefits that come from conservation and management. We are committed to making sure this legacy continues to thrive here in 2017 and for generations to come.

Did you miss one of our heartfelt accounts? No worries – here are the Top 5 articles from 2016:

Photo credit: David Howell

5 things you didn’t know about the Detroit River

Even though it flows through Michigan’s largest urban area, the Detroit River is gaining a reputation as an outdoor destination.

Photo Credit: City of Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation

Watch fish climb a ladder in Grand Rapids

It’s the only spot in Grand Rapids where you can admire art and watch migrating fish at the same time.

Photo Credit: Riverside Kayak Connection

Kayaking offers unique peek at Detroit

Grab a paddle and take a new look at the Big D. Kayaking is surging in popularity in metro Detroit, thanks to cleaner water, municipal infrastructure improvements, kayak rentals, guided tours and affordable watercraft.

Photo Credit: Pointe Mouillee State Game Area

Pointe Mouillee a waterfowl mecca

The best days of Bob Whitwam’s childhood were spent hunting and fishing with his dad at Pointe Mouillee State Game Area.

Photo credit: Jeff Gerwitz

Volunteers at the heart of Southeast Michigan conservation

We love Michigan. It pushes us to climb out of a warm bed on a Saturday morning, slip into hip-high rubber waders and step into a cold-water stream. It compels us to march into the woods to count frogs or dig up invasive plants.

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