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”

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’”
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