Monthly Archives: October 2012

Magic Sky: Counting Cranes Before the Storm

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Last night turned out to be a magical evening. I spent it counting sandhill cranes, having joined Michigan Audubon’s conservation director Tom Funke for the annual statewide crane count. What began as a typical grey Michigan afternoon with high winds, … Continue reading

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Lake Michigan water trail summit in November

By Howard Meyerson A two-day summit about the Lake Michigan Water Trail, a 1600 mile paddling route around the lake, will be held in Saugatuck Nov. 8 and 9. at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. The event is open … Continue reading

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Beautiful fall paddling still requires taking precautions

By Howard Meyerson Fall is a great time to go canoeing; the bugs are gone, and the colors are out. It also is a time for sensible precautions. Fall temperatures often are cold, and that can be a hazard, even … Continue reading

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Officials set to stock Atlantic Salmon in Lake Huron

By Howard Meyerson After three-years of experimentation to determine whether Atlantic salmon can be successfully reared in state hatcheries, Michigan fisheries officials say it’s time to shift gears. The 2013 fishing season will be a bellwether of what is possible. … Continue reading

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Anglers Miffed: Michigan proposes 10-fish category for brook trout in U.P.

By Howard Meyerson Ontonagon, Mich. — Michigan may be adding a new trout steam category in 2013, created specifically for 10 test rivers where brook trout limits will be doubled to 10 fish per day. The fast-tracked proposal was presented … Continue reading

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Refocusing: State trust fund money may go to more city parks

Will Michigan’s oil and gas royalties be spent on southern Michigan urban parks? That just may be the case, according to an excellent story today in  Bridge.  Author and journalist, Jeff Alexander, documents the changes being proposed and provides a look … Continue reading

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Tracking Invasives on the Net

A new cyber strategy is being employed to combat the spread of invasive species in the Great Lakes region – using a web crawler to search the Internet for outlets that are selling invasive fish, plants and other species. The … Continue reading

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Michigan pheasant numbers up, but CRP lands in flux

By Howard Meyerson Another Michigan pheasant hunting season opened Saturday in the Lower Peninsula, and there is good news and bad for hunters this year. There are more birds out there, according to state officials. And Michigan’s pheasant restoration initiative … Continue reading

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Singing Praise: Kirtland’s Warbler reaches new highs

Michigan’s Kirtland’s Warbler population has reached an all-time high, according to Dan Kennedy, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources endangered species coordinator. “We are witnessing a conservation success story,” Kennedy said. The agency recently released the results of its annual … Continue reading

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A Whopper: New Michigan record muskie caught

By all accounts it is a whopper. Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources just confirmed the catch of a new state-record Great Lakes muskellunge. The fish was caught Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 by  Joseph Seeberger of Portage, Mich.. He was fishing … Continue reading

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