From experienced to beginner, Detroit is a great place to fish

By Michigan Wildlife Council Detroit is known for many things. Shaping the modern auto industry. The birth of Motown music. Diehard fans rooting on their Lions, Pistons, Red Wings and Tigers.  But for Jim Francis, Lake Erie basin coordinator for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division, the city and surrounding communities are synonymous […]

Amateur Fishing Championship event at Lake St. Clair showcases MI conservation efforts

Lake St. Clair has long been known to anglers, conservationists, outdoor enthusiasts and others as the “Heart of the Great Lakes.” Nestled between the St. Clair-Detroit River System in the Lake Erie Basin, Lake St. Clair produces nearly 30% of the total sportfishing catch in the Great Lakes every year. Bassmaster Magazine ranked it the […]

Fishing is at the center of it all for Detroit Lion All-Pro Frank Ragnow

Detroit Lions All-Pro Frank Ragnow is a man of many passions. Family. Faith. Food. Football. Friends. Also, at the top of his list? Fishing. If you’re not watching Ragnow compete on the football field, chances are you’ll see him on beautiful Belle Isle reeling in a walleye or another highly prized fish found in the […]

Helping wildlife thrive this spring on Live in the D

WDIV - Live in the D Thursday, March 18, 2021 With the return of warm weather comes more active local wildlife. To hear more about what’s being done to protect local species this spring, “Live In the D” host Tati Amare spoke with Rachel Leightner, the wildlife outreach coordinator from the Michigan DNR. Leightner said […]

How kids can learn about the great outdoors without leaving the house

WDIV - Live in the D Thursday, December 17, 2020 Looking for something to entertain the kids while they are cooped up indoors? There is an innovative program in which Michigan school children can learn about the outdoors while staying safe at home. DNR education services manger Kevin Fraley spoke to Tati Amare about the […]

Crain’s Detroit: Conservation is a team sport

This content was originally published on Crain's Detroit Business on November 9, 2020. Hunting and fishing contribute $11.2 billion annually to Michigan’s economy. Business, natural resource, government and nonprofit leaders discuss how these activities fund conservation projects – and much more. State Rep. Leslie Love, co-chair of the Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, didn’t grow up […]

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 Michigan trails – one trail for every week in the year. I never imagined it […]

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 State Forest. And south of Jackson, the Lake Hudson Recreation Area has benefited from their […]

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 still surprisingly fragile — so much so, in fact, that they were almost completely wiped […]

Michigan has a new invasive species: What can we do about it?

ClickOnDetroit Friday, August 16, 2019 The European Frogbit is an invasive plant species native to Europe, Asia and Africa. It was originally discovered in Michigan in 1996, but it's stayed relatively tame in the Great Lakes. However, recently, this aquatic plant has found its way inland into smaller lakes and rivers, which is not a great […]

Be part of one-of-a-kind Photo Mosaic Wall to honor Michigan wildlife

This interview originally aired during FOX17's Morning Mix program. There's a unique opportunity to become part of state history during KidsDay at John Ball Zoo this Thursday, August 1.  The Michigan Wildlife Council is bringing a new Photo Mosaic Wall traveling exhibit to the zoo that officials are calling a once-in-a-lifetime experience to celebrate Michigan's […]
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