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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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A Very Special Bird for Michigan

September 15, 2013

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by Kay Charter If you know that our 37th president requested an endangered species act from Congress in 1972, you win the history trivia prize of the day. Add bonus points if you know when that president, Richard M. Nixon, signed the act into law, he said, “Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of […]

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Michigan’s 2013 Ruffed Grouse Forecast

September 3, 2013

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With September 15th just around the corner, we’ve been taking a look at some of the forecast data provided by both Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Wildlife Division, as well as the summary provided annually by the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS).  Before we begin looking at the grouse and woodcock forecast data made available […]

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Western Wildfires Have Local Implications

August 25, 2013

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We must preface any discussion concerning agency budgets and fiscal implications by first saying the greatest cost of wildfires is personal injury and the loss of human life. While this risk may be a reality which is routinely accepted by those who have dedicated their professional careers to such endeavors, it is not one which […]

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Scientific Wildlife Management Means Just That

August 15, 2013

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Well, that didn’t take long.  Just when we had naively thought that the supporters of Senate Bill 288 really meant it when they passed legislation granting the Michigan Department of Natural Resources authority to name game species based upon “scientific wildlife management,” some of these same bill sponsors now want to rescind the DNR’s authority […]

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Saying it Out Loud – Controlling Feral Cats with Hunters

July 31, 2013

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by Kay Charter – Twenty years ago, I watched in horror as a relative’s pet cat pulled first one, then another and then another lesser goldfinch from the feeder. Before she was done, the cat had killed ten of the tiny, bright yellow and black birds. She didn’t actually eat the birds because she wasn’t […]

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2013 Delta Waterfowl Breeding Survey Released

July 24, 2013

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Delta Waterfowl has released its 2013 annual duck breeding survey.  Although a slight breeding population decline is suggested on a year-to-year basis, the long term recovery trend remains strong. Last year’s low water levels which were symptomatic of many areas of the Prairie Pot Hole region have been supplanted with abundant breeding grounds.  The survey’s […]

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Comments Sought on Refuge System Hunting & Fishing Plan

July 15, 2013

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In 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service completed its strategic planning document Conserving the Future – Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation.  Among other issues, the document included 24 recommendations relating to public use, planning and strategic growth,  science and research, partnerships and volunteers. Two recommendations pertaining to the role of hunting and fishing […]

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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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