Some of the common practices you might see them working on in the upcoming months include planting food plots, managing water levels and prescribed burns. Leightner explained that by burning certain parts of Michigan grasslands, they’re able to help promote local plant growth and control invasive species.

As the wildlife returns to Michigan, so do opportunities for bird watching. Leightner said that some of the best birding is happening right now, as species like red-winged blackbirds, sandhill cranes and woodcocks return on their spring migrations. If you’re looking for a place to spot some wildlife yourself, Leightner said Pointe Mouillee State Game Area is a great place to start. But keep your eyes peeled, as there are also plenty of opportunities in backyards and even on downtown streets.