Support frogs in West Michigan

  FOX17 - Morning Mix Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Spring is right around the corner, which means Michigan's wildlife is going to start showing up all over the place, like frogs! John Ball Zoo's FrogWatch program is a great example of how the community can help preserve its natural habitat of West Michigan. FrogWatch USA […]

Spring conservation efforts in West Michigan

WOOD-TV - eightWest Tuesday, March 9, 2021 Spring is right around the corner and with every changing season, there’s conservation efforts going on to revitalize our habitats. Rachel Leightner, a Michigan DNR Wildlife Outreach Coordinator, joins us to tell us about the conservation efforts right here in West Michigan. To learn more about Michigan's public […]

The importance of conservation for the diversity of our birds

WOOD-TV - eightWest Monday, January 25, 2021 We all play a role in conserving Michigan’s great outdoors, we can see the reward of that conservation in the diversity of birds visiting Michigan in the winter. Stephanie Beilke is a conservation science manager at Audubon Great Lakes who spoke with WOOD-TV to share more about importance […]

Archery and wildlife conservation

    FOX17 Morning Mix Tuesday, March 17, 2020 An archery facility isn't exactly the first place people think of when it comes to conservation efforts, but the link between bow hunting and wildlife conservation exists. For those who want to sharpen their aim, whether for bow hunting, leagues or even training for the Olympics, […]

Ducks Unlimited transforms Kent County Park

WOOD-TV - eightWest Monday, November 18, 2019 This is a wonderful time of year to explore the great outdoors and in Michigan, there’s no shortage of places to do that! So what makes a great space? Wildlife, plants and trees, wetlands, trails, lots of things but beautiful landscapes don’t always happen naturally, sometimes they need […]

Michigan’s beauty – off the beaten path

eightWest - WOOD-TV Tuesday, August 6, 2019 West Michigan is known for its vast and beautiful natural resources but some of the most interesting spaces, are off the beaten path. There is one such place that has been transformed over the years by the Land Conservancy of West Michigan. It is important work to protect […]

Project aims to restore land to its natural state

Morning Mix - FOX17 Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Grand Rapids' Blandford Nature Center and the Land Conservancy of West Michigan have teamed up to restore a local golf course back into its natural state. For over a century, the 128-acre property has been extensively watered and fertilized to maintain the golf course. The restoration of […]

Protecting lands from invasive species

eightWest - WOOD-TV Monday, June 10, 2019 With warmer weather finally arriving in Michigan, many are looking to spend time outdoors. Our state has so much to enjoy, especially the great parks that are part of every county. However, sometimes exploration of those parks can have unintended consequences, like spreading certain seeds and weeds into […]

Restoring our state’s aquatic ecosystems

  eightWest - WOOD-TV April 22, 2019 Living in Michigan, residents are fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful water resources. But did you know that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources help manage our aquatic resources, including numerous species of fish? Michigan has fish hatcheries located across the state, where fish are raised to stock […]

Protecting the Snowy Owl

eightWest - WOOD-TV February 22, 2019 Michigan residents are fortunate to have lots of beautiful and important wildlife and natural resources. While many bird species fly south for the winter, there is a species that makes Michigan its winter home - the snowy owl. Snowy owls love Michigan's cold winters because it is warm compared […]

Keeping our trees safe from invasive species

eightWest - WOOD-TV Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) has made its way to Michigan. HWA is a devastating invasive species that attacks hemlock trees, which play a crucial role in the forests in Michigan. Hemlock trees are long-lived and provide habitat for a large variety of birds and animals, offering both shelter […]
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