Archive | October, 2013

Fears of Extinction

October 29, 2013

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By Kay Charter – In 1923, a brilliant young amateur ornithologist penned an article on the life history of the Kirtland’s warbler.  He closed with the following:  “…this bird is decreasing in numbers.  It is greatly to be feared that Dedroica kirtlandii may soon be another of the American birds on the extinct list.”  The […]

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American Woodcock – Don’t Mind Us, We’re Just Passing Through

October 22, 2013

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Depending on where you are in northern Michigan and who you talk to, the annual migratory flight of the American woodcock (Scolopax minor) has either already peaked or soon will.  Although the unseasonably warm October and mild conditions appear to have reduced their sense of urgency, these wonderful birds know that the shorter days mean […]

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Michigan Land Plan Reflects Public Comment

October 16, 2013

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The final draft of the Public Land Management Strategy  has been completed and is now in the hands of Governor Snyder.  After the completion of gubernatorial review and approval, the document will then head back to the State legislature pursuant to the terms of the Michigan Land Cap Bill, a.k.a. Senate Bill-248.   It may […]

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Just To Be Clear – Federal Lands Remain Open

October 9, 2013

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In spite of initial efforts by some to try drawing hunters, anglers and other outdoor recreationalists into the politics of the Federal shutdown, common sense appears to have prevailed on the issue of public land access. After originally contributing to some of the confusion in his Field and Stream blog post of October 1, 2013, […]

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Outdoor News and Notes from Across the North – October 2013 Edition

October 4, 2013

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Here are few “newsy” items that may be of interest for northern Michigan outdoor types. Still Time for Forestry Open House/Compartment Review Comment Although some have come and gone, there is still time to participate in several MDNR Forestry Compartment Review and Open House sessions for the 2015 Year of Entry.  Those sessions for Atlanta, […]

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