State looks to kick off another banner year of fishing with Free Fishing Weekend June 12-13

Record-setting fishing activity in 2020 provided boost to Michigan economy, conservation efforts Michiganders and visitors purchased a record 1.5 million state fishing licenses in 2020 – a jump from 1.3 million sold in 2019 as the pandemic brought an influx… Read more “State looks to kick off another banner year of fishing with Free Fishing Weekend June 12-13”

Anyone can pitch in to help nurture Michigan’s monarch butterfly population

As monarchs return, Michiganders urged to welcome them with milkweed, nectar flowers Monarch butterflies apparently can make a conservationist out of anyone. “The thing about them is that they’re seen in all settings throughout Michigan — urban, suburban and rural,”… Read more “Anyone can pitch in to help nurture Michigan’s monarch butterfly population”

Michigan duck stamp continues to make its mark on waterfowl conservation

State program raises awareness and funds, makes collectors and hunters birds of a feather. Behold the 2021 Michigan duck stamp, a colorful piece of wildlife art that was evoking positive reactions even before it went on sale to the public.… Read more “Michigan duck stamp continues to make its mark on waterfowl conservation”

Michigan marks century of conserving and protecting state’s waters, woods and wildlife

Michigan hunters, anglers play important role in managing, funding wildlife conservation. One hundred years ago, the Michigan Department of Conservation — now the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) — embarked on a mission to conserve, protect and manage Michigan’s great… Read more “Michigan marks century of conserving and protecting state’s waters, woods and wildlife”

Michigan woods, water a great place for parents to bond with kids

Sometimes it's hard for dads and daughters to find common ground. Not Casey and Camilla Colbry, though. "I think some of our best talks and funniest memories happened when we were out hunting or fishing together," said 11-year-old Camilla, the… Read more “Michigan woods, water a great place for parents to bond with kids”

Grayling are poised for a comeback in Michigan

For Ed Eisch, the ongoing effort to reintroduce the grayling to northern Michigan streams is nothing less than an opportunity to right what he considers a historical wrong. After all, the fish’s demise in Michigan more than a century ago… Read more “Grayling are poised for a comeback in Michigan”

Fishing helps father, daughter bond while isolating during pandemic crisis

John Ciambelli had always planned to teach his daughter, Rey, how to fish, just like his dad did with him during family vacations decades ago. But then the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, which had the effect of speeding up the tutelage… Read more “Fishing helps father, daughter bond while isolating during pandemic crisis”

Wildlife Photo Mosaics celebrate Michigan’s conservation success stories

From a tiny warbler to a giant fish, 6 comebacks on display at Michigan History Center. Considering all the effort that went into ensuring the survival of what are now some of Michigan’s most high-profile animal species, it’s only fitting… Read more “Wildlife Photo Mosaics celebrate Michigan’s conservation success stories”

Need a do-over on your 2020 New Year’s resolution? Try forest bathing

New Year’s resolution helps woman discover a whole new side of Michigan’s great outdoors. Anne Brown blazed a trail across Michigan in 2019. Fifty-two of them, to be exact. “My New Year’s resolution was to walk or hike 52 different… Read more “Need a do-over on your 2020 New Year’s resolution? Try forest bathing”

Surviving in winter: How these remarkable Michigan animals make it to spring

Technically, winter doesn’t start for another few days … but try telling that to your brain. Reduced daylight, plunging temperatures, growing snowdrifts — it’s the beginning of go-outside-only-when-you-have-to season for some Michigan humans. The state’s wildlife doesn’t have it that… Read more “Surviving in winter: How these remarkable Michigan animals make it to spring”
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