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Let the wild times begin

By Bill Cook Retired MSU Forester/Biologist Across the Lake States, there are over 50 million acres of forest. That does not include Ontario, which has more than twice that. However, how much of the Lake States is “wild”? If you’re an urban or suburban dweller, just...

Oldest loon Fe hatches 40th chick

By Carol Stiffler Fe, the world’s oldest known loon, has successfully hatched a chick with her new, unbanded partner in the pools of the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. “It is notably her 40th confirmed chick,” said Damon McCormick, co-founder of Common Coast Research...

Traveling the North Country

By Maia Turek Engagement and innovations specialist, Parks and Recreation Division Michigan Department of Natural Resources Traverse City resident Dewey Painter is no stranger to the outdoors. As a retired conservation officer with the Michigan Department of Natural...

Respect and protect our native pollinators

By Melanie Chasseur MAEAP Technician for the Chippewa Luce Mackinac Conservation District We are in the peak of summer in the eastern Upper Peninsula, surrounded by breathtaking scenery and pristine bodies of water that are deeply intertwined with our culture and...

Don’t touch the foam on the beach

As the weather warms up, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recommends that Michiganders and visitors avoid foam on Michigan waterbodies including lakes, rivers, and streams. Foam can form on any waterbody, and sometimes foam can have harmful...

DNR cautions UP motorists to be on the lookout for moose

Motorists traveling in the Upper Peninsula are being urged to keep an eye out for moose and to exercise extra caution when driving after dark. Over the past week, five bull moose have been struck and killed by vehicles along portions of M-95 and U.S Highways 141 and...