A two-for-one deal: Volunteers help improve ‘rabbitat’

Cottontail rabbits are such a common sight in southern Michigan’s city parks, gardens and backyards that you may never think about where else they live or about the habitat they need beyond our neighborhoods. But rabbits also live on public… Read more “A two-for-one deal: Volunteers help improve ‘rabbitat’”

Continuing the conservation of Michigan’s wildlife

This month, more than half a million Michiganders are expected to head out to wooded areas across the state to participate in the annual firearm deer season. These men, women and children represent a wide range of cultures, economic backgrounds… Read more “Continuing the conservation of Michigan’s wildlife”

Flight club: Singing the praises — and dispelling the myths — of Michigan bats

This month, you’ll probably see a lot of red-eyed, fang-bared bat decorations for Halloween. Bats are nearly synonymous with the spooky holiday, but this association doesn’t do them any favors. In fact, bats are among the most misunderstood — and… Read more “Flight club: Singing the praises — and dispelling the myths — of Michigan bats”

Lessons in nature: Educators learn to bring the outdoors in the classroom

Sometimes being a teacher means having to get your hands dirty — or your feet wet, as the case may be. In July, eighth-grade environmental science teacher Leslie Montgomery picked up some practical paddling techniques from an expert canoeist on… Read more “Lessons in nature: Educators learn to bring the outdoors in the classroom”

For the love of Michigan elk: Volunteers critical to the success of herd

A lot of hard work takes place every day, from public and private groups, to scientists and volunteers, to ensure that Michigan’s wildlife and natural resources can be enjoyed for years to come. On June 2, 2018, Michigan United Conservation… Read more “For the love of Michigan elk: Volunteers critical to the success of herd”

Hatching a plan: How hatcheries help to maintain a healthy, diverse fish population

Great Lakes fish – and fishing – have long shaped the culture, economy and quality of life for people in Michigan. All Michiganders have a vested interest in supporting efforts to conserve fish species to ensure that they are available… Read more “Hatching a plan: How hatcheries help to maintain a healthy, diverse fish population”

Polishing a gem: Plan aims for St. Clair-Detroit River system improvements

In a state chock-full of natural wonders, the St. Clair-Detroit River system is one of the most distinctive, referred to by one conservationist as Michigan’s “sparkling gem.” The unique waterway linking Lake Huron to Lake Erie is considered North America’s… Read more “Polishing a gem: Plan aims for St. Clair-Detroit River system improvements”