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It’s Time for Michigan’s Own “ Wildlife Council” Educational Campaign

July 9, 2013

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As many of you know by now, last week brought with it not only the 4th of July holiday, but the not-so-surprising news that the organization which identifies itself as Keep Michigan Wolves Protected (KMWP) has begun efforts to place its second wildlife management-related referendum on Michigan’s 2014 ballot. Although it was clearly wishful thinking, many […]

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Combating Conservation Issue Fatigue

July 4, 2013

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Those that follow our site are likely to read the following discussion on the topic of “issue fatigue” and remark, “Hello pot, meet kettle.”   For those of us who spend time trying to mobilize citizen interest in matters pertaining to natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation, the high volume of policy issues over the past […]

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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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Birds of Paradise Come to Michigan

May 27, 2013

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by Kay Charter – Eight thousand miles from Northern Michigan, resting between the top of Australia and the Equator in the far western region of the Pacific Ocean is the long island chain of New Guinea.  The eastern portion (including half of the largest of the islands) comprises the independent nation of Papua New Guinea.  […]

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Michigan Karsts – More Going On Than What Meets the Eye

May 18, 2013

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By William Houston III – Perhaps one of the least discussed but most extraordinary geological features found in northern Michigan are its karst regions.  Michigan’s karst regions consist of a series of unique geological features such as sink holes, caves, caverns, intermittent springs, disappearing and reappearing streams and rivers, swallow holes, earthcracks and myriad other […]

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Leelanau Peninsula Birding Festival Features Kirtland’s Warbler

April 28, 2013

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By Kay Charter – Four years ago, popular local TV personality Dave Barrons and I discussed ways to raise awareness about birds and bird conservation in Leelanau County.  Dave has also long been interested in increasing tourism in the county. I suggested we hold a county birding festival. Dave’s first reaction was understandably reluctance. “We […]

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The Face of Northern Michigan Begins Beneath Your Feet

April 14, 2013

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My late uncle used to say that Kalkaska sand was only good for growing jack pine and trout. As a boy, I struggled to see a problem with such a characterization.  As I grew older, however, I came to realize that despite this significant over-simplification, my uncle’s intent was not to disparage these soils, but […]

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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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