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Lake Superior and Tahquamenon Falls fun facts

By James A. Surrell, M.D. We are well into our wonderful Upper Peninsula summer season, when local folks and many tourists take the opportunity to visit and enjoy our magnificent natural resources. Today, let’s take another look at some fun facts of just two of these...

2020 deer patches now available

The wait is over! You can pick up your 2020 deer patch at one of the DNR customer service centers** or field offices listed below, while supplies last. After a long closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these offices have reopened to the public three days a week....

Luce County campground moves to lottery system

By Carol Stiffler Camping space is coveted at the Luce County Park and Campground. Luce County Parks and Recreation Director Ben Rahilly says the campground, which is full, receives 20-25 phone calls a day from people who want to camp there, and Rahilly himself gets...

Be on the lookout for backyard hawk visitors

Summertime is the best time to see baby animals in Michigan, as young birds and mammals venture from their nest and den sites and begin to learn from their parents how to hunt and forage for food. Young Cooper’s hawks and red-tailed hawks might visit your neighborhood...

The End of the World (not)!

By Bill Cook Major forest insect outbreaks generally occur in cycles.  Environmental factors favor the explosion of a population, then natural controls knock that population down, which may take a season or two.  Then all remains calm for a decade, or longer, until...

Birdwatch: Who is chirping now?

More than 350 bird species have settled in across Michigan as they establish breeding territories and search for a mate. These birds are easier to identify in summer, as many of them have swapped their drab winter colors for brighter and more decorative plumage.  Many...