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”

Snowy owls’ winter arrival is highly anticipated in Michigan

They’re large, fluffy and white, and they’re about to descend on Michigan. No, they’re not snowflakes — they’re snowy owls. Like other migrating birds, snowy owls head to more temperate climes during the winter. But their definition of “temperate” differs… Read more “Snowy owls’ winter arrival is highly anticipated in Michigan”

Deer hunters’ impact on the state extends far beyond Michigan’s fields and woods

On Nov. 15, Mike Swank will continue a tradition that began 43 years ago with his dad and brother — he’ll venture into the woods for opening day of Michigan’s firearm deer season. “I still remember those first few times… Read more “Deer hunters’ impact on the state extends far beyond Michigan’s fields and woods”

It takes a village: How Michigan conservation groups work together to benefit wildlife

They come from every corner of Michigan to join forces in conserving the state’s great outdoors. In northern Oakland County, they’re focused on the Highland Recreation Area. Up near Gaylord, their work can be found in the Pigeon River Country… Read more “It takes a village: How Michigan conservation groups work together to benefit wildlife”

Magnificent moose: The comeback story of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula herd

How do you get a half-ton moose from Ontario to Michigan? All it takes is a helicopter, a sturdy sling, a big blindfold, earplugs, an international team of wildlife biologists and veterinarians, a 600-mile overnight truck ride, and a verdant… Read more “Magnificent moose: The comeback story of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula herd”

Wetlands royalty: Meet the wood duck, Michigan’s regal-looking waterfowl

With its swanky pompadour and rainbow-hued plumage, the wood duck looks like it’s part peacock, part Elvis impersonator. But you won’t catch this Michigan native flashing its feathers in a tropical forest or duckwalking down the Vegas strip — it’s… Read more “Wetlands royalty: Meet the wood duck, Michigan’s regal-looking waterfowl”

Michigan’s bald eagle population is rebounding after locals’ teamwork

With their steely predator’s gaze, massive wingspans and brilliant white heads, bald eagles are among the more striking members of the animal kingdom. And Michigan is home to a healthy population of them. But these powerful birds of prey are… Read more “Michigan’s bald eagle population is rebounding after locals’ teamwork”

How Michigan squirrels boost conservation work across the state

They’re mischievous. They’re intelligent. And if you have a front lawn, chances are you saw one bounding across your grass today. They’re squirrels, and even though you may think you know everything – or don’t think you need to know… Read more “How Michigan squirrels boost conservation work across the state”
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