Archive | June, 2013

Learning Not to Laugh at the Lilly-Lovers

June 30, 2013

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Without question, the Michigan wildlife story of the spring has been “Lilly the Deer.” One Genesee County family’s crusade to keep their pet deer of five years has gained both state and national attention.  In 2009 when circumstances led them to the choice, this anonymous family elected to take possession of the lone surviving fawn […]

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Insecticides, Spiders and Birds

June 23, 2013

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By Kay Charter – Ask a room filled with people who love birds what the following Michigan species have in common: chickadees, titmice, all wrens, most warblers, all flycatchers (including phoebes), all thrushes (including robins and bluebirds), catbirds, thrashers, all members of the blackbird family (including bobolinks, meadowlarks and orioles), tanagers, grosbeaks, buntings, many sparrows, […]

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Broad Conservation Partnership Leads To License Fee Package Approval

June 20, 2013

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I know that few people understand why paying more for recreational activities would be a cause for celebration, but then again, few understand the merit in walking through knee-deep snow before daylight or standing in a river waving a stick during a driving rain.   It was for these same reasons that many of us struggled […]

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Vote Looms on U.S. Farm Bill in House of Representatives

June 18, 2013

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As we wrote on multiple occasions last summer, the U.S. Farm Bill has far-reaching implications on a variety of local and regional conservation and fisheries/wildlife habitat programs.  In spite of the political rhetoric which focuses more on food stamps and agricultural subsidies, this legislation represents far more than that.  For most of us in northern […]

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“Last Call” – Final Push Needed For License Fee Package

June 16, 2013

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The State Senate is on the threshold of voting on HB 4668, the Hunting/Fishing license restructuring package which will provide long term funding for natural resource management that is much needed.  Although it was just a week ago that we thought that this was a “done deal,” it’s now our understanding that at least one […]

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Michigan Conservation Policy Update – Good News Continues to Mount

June 9, 2013

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Although plenty of debates remain on issues pertaining to Michigan wetlands and biodiversity policy (SB-163 and SB-78), now would seem to be a good time to step back and take stock of the accumulating positive news that we’ve seen in recent weeks.  Since many of these issues pertain to conservation and fisheries and wildlife management […]

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Fisheries and Wildlife Bills Sent to U.S. House Floor

June 7, 2013

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Several U.S. House Bills which have implications on both federal wildlife refuges and U.S. military facilities here in northern Michigan have been sent on to the full U.S. House by the Committee on Natural Resources.  Specifically, these five fisheries and wildlife-related pieces of legislation include HR 819, HR 910, HR 1080, HR 1300 and HR […]

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Wildflower Treasures at Thompson’s Harbor State Park

June 2, 2013

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by Carol Moncrieff Rose, Contributing Editor – One of the great joys of spring is the beginning of wildflower season in Michigan.  The array of color, texture and shape they provide are like an ever-changing string of jewels, worn by our state’s diverse landscape but for a brief time.  So, in the interest of adding some […]

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