Exploring Michigan’s diverse wildlife and ecosystems

eightWest – WOODTV Friday, August 24, 2018 West Michigan is home to a variety of ecosystems, from wetlands to forests to the state's wonderful dune systems. And all of these areas support a wide range of diverse wildlife. From scientists… Read more “Exploring Michigan’s diverse wildlife and ecosystems”

Seeing the forest for the trees: Healthy forests bring abundant wildlife

Forests are more than just a collection of trees growing in close proximity to each other. Much like an organism, a forest and experiences a wide range of changes as it grows and ages. And as it goes through its… Read more “Seeing the forest for the trees: Healthy forests bring abundant wildlife”

A century and counting: Aerial surveys help manage elk herd

As the single-engine Cessna crisscrosses the wintry skies, Jennifer Kleitch spots a piece of Michigan history. “Elk on the right!” Kleitch shouts, a smile spreading across her face as she quickly tallies the grouping of massive mammals grazing in the… Read more “A century and counting: Aerial surveys help manage elk herd”

Michiganders thankful for turkey’s restoration

For many people in Southeast Michigan, turkeys evoke thoughts of Thanksgiving dinner, time spent with family, watching parades and football. For others throughout the region and state, the birds represent Michigan’s outdoor heritage and the food hunting puts on the… Read more “Michiganders thankful for turkey’s restoration”

Regenerating forests for healthy wildlife habitats

“The Grouse Machine” serves “The King” – and in the process, various habitants of Michigan’s forests benefit. The machine is a Caterpillar skid steer with a forestry-mulching head that the Ruffed Grouse Society uses to create habitat for the organization’s… Read more “Regenerating forests for healthy wildlife habitats”

Diverse group has common cause: restoring pheasants in Michigan

Merlin acts like a puppy again. Nose to the ground, the 10-year-old chocolate Lab bounds across the grassy field hot on the scent. Approaching a thicket, he flushes a ring-necked pheasant into the bright morning sky. It’s a sight to… Read more “Diverse group has common cause: restoring pheasants in Michigan”