Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery fills Michigan’s lakes and streams with fish

Morning Mix – FOX17 Tuesday, April 11, 2017 If you have ever been lucky enough to catch a bass, trout, or blue gill, know that many of these fish may have come from one of Michigan's state fish hatcheries. One of those hatcheries is the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, where they aid in the […]

Birds of prey at the Outdoor Discovery Center

Morning Mix – FOX17 Tuesday March 28, 2017 The Outdoor Discovery Center is one of the many places in Michigan where people can embrace and explore wildlife. The preserve has 155 acres of land, and through animal ambassadors, scenic trails, and educational programs, they work to teach the community how to manage the wildlife for […]

Plaster Creek Clean Up Efforts

The Exchange – WZZM Monday, March 20, 2017 Plaster Creek Stewards is a collaboration of Calvin College faculty, staff, and students working with local schools, churches, and community partners to restore the health and beauty of the Plaster Creek Watershed. Gail Heffner and Dave Warners are professors at Calvin College and coordinators for the initiative. […]

Rocky Mountain Elk at the Outdoor Discovery Center

Morning Mix – FOX17 Tuesday March 14, 2017 The Outdoor Discovery Center is one of the many places in Michigan where people can embrace and explore wildlife. The preserve has 155 acres of land, and through animal ambassadors, scenic trails, and educational programs, they work to teach the community how to preserve the wildlife for future […]

Owl ambassadors at Blandford Nature Center

Morning Mix – FOX17 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 The Blandford Nature Center has over 140 acres of wildlife right in the heart of Grand Rapids. Their goal is to educate, engage, and empower the community to be stewards of the natural world. They do this by introducing visitors to their animal ambassadors who can no […]

Wild turtles protected at Blandford Nature Center

Morning Mix – FOX17 Tuesday, February 14, 2017 The Blandford Nature Center has over 140 acres of wildlife right in the heart of Grand Rapids. Their goal is to educate, engage, and empower the community to be stewards of the natural world. They do this by introducing visitors to their animal ambassadors who can no […]

Exploring the Beauty of West Michigan

eightWest - WOODTV Wednesday, February 8, 2017 The Hemlock Crossing Nature Education Center in West Olive is a great place to not only learn about Michigan’s wildlife, but also to interact with it, both indoors and out! The center is just one of the many recreational opportunities Ottawa County Parks has to offer. Ottawa County is […]

Pheasants Forever

The Exchange – WZZM Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs. Many volunteer efforts are underway in West Michigan to improve habitat for not only pheasants but other wildlife such as Bumblebees, Monarch […]

Top Michigan Wildlife Stories of 2016

Congratulations, Michigan! As 2016 comes to a close, we’re proudly celebrating what we believe is the best year ever of highlighting the rich and diverse stories that herald the amazing opportunities Michigan offers to experience our great outdoors and enjoy our state’s unique wildlife habitats. Together, we waded streams and helped conserve our waters with […]

MSU app makes smartphone new tool in battle vs. invasives

Cool selfies aren't the only reason to bring your smartphone into the woods. Thanks to an app developed by Michigan State University's Department of Entomology, anyone with a smartphone can now help in the battle against invasive species. An invasive species can be any living organism - plant, insect, fish, amphibian or animal - that is […]

Fighting invasive species

The Exchange – WZZM Wednesday, December 14, 2016 The Japanese knotweed, swallow-wort, phragmites and Chinese yam are just a few of the invasive species effecting West Michigan. Drew Rayner, coordinator of West Michigan CISMA, explains how the program works and shares what we can be doing now, even in the winter, to ensure we will […]

How you can help protect local threatened species

eightWest – WOODTV Thursday, December 8, 2016 Locals love and celebrate that Michigan is home to thousands of animals. Some live in our state in abundance, while others are listed among Michigan’s threatened species or ‘species of special concern.' Animals like the peregrine falcon and the Kirtlands’ Warbler are a few examples of endangered animals […]
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