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”

The story of Michigan salmon: Restoring balance to the Great Lakes

When it comes to recreational fishing in Michigan, Howard Tanner literally wrote the book on it. In 2018, the 95-year-old retired conservationist published his first book, “Something Spectacular: My Great Lakes Salmon Story,” which recounts his successful effort to revitalize… Read more “The story of Michigan salmon: Restoring balance to the Great Lakes”

Volunteers dedicated to conserving northern Michigan’s ‘crown jewel’

Northern Michigan’s Au Sable River is known as a recreation and fishing destination, but during the summer of 1959, it served as the birthplace of what is now one of the largest national organizations focused on the conservation of coldwater… Read more “Volunteers dedicated to conserving northern Michigan’s ‘crown jewel’”

Proposed legislation boosts funding for Michigan conservation efforts

If you know a hunter or angler in Michigan, you know a conservationist. “Many people think state taxes cover the cost of conservation efforts in Michigan. But those efforts are almost entirely funded by the purchase of hunting and fishing… Read more “Proposed legislation boosts funding for Michigan conservation efforts”

Gov. Whitmer, Legislature proclaim July as ‘Michigan Wildlife Conservation Month’

Michiganders now have another reason to celebrate in July beyond the Independence Day holiday, fireworks shows and summer festivals. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Legislature today announced approval of a bipartisan resolution declaring July as “Michigan Wildlife Conservation Month.”… Read more “Gov. Whitmer, Legislature proclaim July as ‘Michigan Wildlife Conservation Month’”

Pining for a comeback: Habitat management boosts Kirtland’s warbler numbers

The Kirtland’s warbler is known for carefully choosing where and how it nests – primarily only in stands of young jack pines in a portion of the northern Lower Peninsula. Fittingly, careful application of scientifically-based wildlife management practices has brought… Read more “Pining for a comeback: Habitat management boosts Kirtland’s warbler numbers”

Peregrine falcons thrive in Michigan thanks to wildlife management efforts

 By the late 1960s, peregrine falcons had disappeared from the eastern half of the United States, including Michigan. Unregulated use of pesticides had impacted their ability to reproduce over a number of years.  But the majestic birds have made… Read more “Peregrine falcons thrive in Michigan thanks to wildlife management efforts”

Teamwork, grants boost wildlife conservation efforts across Michigan

Did you know it is easy to turn your backyard into a Michigan conservation project — and that you could get a grant to help you pay for it? Through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Habitat Grant ProgramRead more “Teamwork, grants boost wildlife conservation efforts across Michigan”
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