Archive | March, 2013

Going Native with your Back Yard Habitat

March 31, 2013

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by Kay Charter Early last month, I had the great pleasure of hearing Douglas Tallamy speak. Doug is the author of every conservationist’s must-have book, Bringing Nature Home (Timber Press, 2007). I heard him twice, actually, as he presented two programs at the Michigan Association of Wildflowers Conference in Lansing. These presentations represented numbers seven […]

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Martha, You Didn’t Die in Vain – The Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon

March 27, 2013

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Next year will commemorate the centennial of the passing of Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon, who died on September 1, 1914 in the Cincinnati Zoo.  Most Americans who only have only a passing knowledge of wildlife conservation are at least generally familiar with the demise of the species. What few in our northern Michigan region are […]

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MDNR License Fee Package Update – Good News and Bad News

March 24, 2013

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Last Friday, the Michigan House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources approved a budget package which did include a hunting and angling license fee package which is generally consistent with that advanced by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) as a part of the Governor’s FY 2013-2014 budget proposal.  For those who have […]

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Lessons from Cliff Swallows – Adapt or Get Run Over

March 21, 2013

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A 30-year study on cliff swallows which was conducted by researchers from the University of Nebraska has recently garnered considerable mainstream media attention. This is somewhat surprising since coverage of wildlife-related matters is more often limited to home videos of deer found in living rooms during their annual rut. Before we discuss those lessons learned from the […]

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North American Model for Wildlife Conservation – Still Valid After All These Years

March 17, 2013

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As the wolf management debate here in Michigan escalated in recent months, increasing references have been made to what is known as the North American Model for Wildlife Conservation.  Most notably, Dr. Russ Mason, Wildlife Division Chief of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, recently found it necessary to respond to assertions that if hunting […]

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Support is Building for MDNR Hunting and Fishing License Fee Proposal

March 13, 2013

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By Frank Krist, NMCN Contributing Editor There have been several legislative hearings completed reviewing the Governor’s DNR budget proposal and the hunting and fishing license fee restructuring.  A few adjustments have been suggested, but overall support has been expressed for the proposal with many organizations backing it.  This package still has not been approved by the […]

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Our Rivers Run Through Us

March 10, 2013

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By Carol Moncrieff Rose The Greek philosopher Heraclitus opined that “No man ever steps into the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”  While there is much to be appreciated by this wisdom, northern Michigan watershed groups are doing more than pondering its nuances; plans are being […]

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Senate Bill-78 on Biodiversity – Bad Bill for Other Reasons

March 7, 2013

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In what is the latest effort to conduct a legislative flogging of a caricature of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources which does not exist, SB-0078 prohibits the Director of the DNR or the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) from designating or classifying an area of land specifically for the purpose of “achieving or maintaining biological diversity.”  […]

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Please Consider the Wildlife in Getting that Photo of Lifetime

March 5, 2013

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As we approach another spring wildlife breeding season, it is probably worth reminding ourselves that when it comes to nature photography, the end doesn’t necessarily justify the means.  Most people who are drawn to such activities and possess a connection to wildlife recognize that clear boundaries need to be established and maintained when it comes […]

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