Tag Archives: Birds

Birds aplenty at annual bird watching festivals

By Howard Meyerson It is getting to be that time of year when migratory birds return to Michigan in abundance, a period when fields, forests and meadows are thawing, when early spring plants begin to show, and when breeding birds, … Continue reading

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Nongame Wildlife: State effort to be revised and focused

By Howard Meyerson One of Michigan’s more important wildlife initiatives, Michigan’s Nongame Wildlife Program, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013. It was a quiet celebration by all accounts, a contrast to its early years when the Michigan Department of Natural … Continue reading

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Climate Change: The Risks for Michigan birds

By Howard Meyerson While global climate change reports often focus on iconic creatures like polar bears and penguins, species that would be in jeopardy if the polar ice cap melts, Michigan and Great Lakes scientists are looking to understand what … Continue reading

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Recreation passport requirements change at some locales

By Howard Meyerson GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Anglers, birdwatchers and others who enjoy boating on Fletcher’s Pond will need a state recreation passport this year to launch on the popular 9,000 acre flooding in Montmorency and Alpena counties. Michigan DNR director, … Continue reading

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CraneFest – Conserving our Sandhill Cranes!

Here is a short, new video from Michigan Audubon Society about their signature event: CraneFest. Check it out. The event celebrates the growth of the sandhill crane population in Michigan, a significant conservation success. The festival is held every October … Continue reading

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Birding makes big tracks in 2013 and bags young fans

If you want to know how big bird-watching is these days, check out this story in USA Today about its booming popularity and  Neil Hayward,  who  scoped out 750 bird species in 2013, setting a new record for what birders … Continue reading

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Backyard Birding: Two great books for those who enjoy birds at home

By Howard Meyerson The dark-eyed juncos are the first to arrive on wintry mornings. They land in the snow and forage around, picking at the seeds that have fallen from the bird feeders. I’ve always liked how they appear: dark … Continue reading

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Climate Change: Butterflies, game birds and game animals threatened

By Howard Meyerson We hear a lot about the effects of climate change these days. Polar ice caps are melting. Polar bears are threatened as a result. The Minnesota Star Tribune recently published an extensive report on how it will … Continue reading

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Scott Hickman: Man about Alger County

By Howard Meyerson Scott Hickman admits to being a rare bird enthusiast, someone who enjoys looking for the unusual find. Rare, of course, is a relative term. For the 62-year-old retired college biology professor and member of Laughing Whitefish Audubon … Continue reading

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McDonald’s promotes coffee sustainability efforts

McDonald’s has apparently come to realize that conservation is good business, at least letting people know that the company is concerned. Coffee and Conservation Blog author, Julie Craves, the director for the Rouge River Bird Observatory in Dearborn, MI, reports … Continue reading

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