Tag Archives: Birds

Lead and Loons

By Howard Meyerson Τom Cooley has examined a lot of dead loons during the past 27 years. They appear every year, dead on beaches and inland lakes where cottage owners, researchers, national park volunteers, or Michigan Department of Natural Resources … Continue reading

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Climate Change: Shifting Climate, Shifting Birds

By Howard Meyerson Adam Byrne had the good fortune last year to observe a nesting pair of Blue Grosbeaks. He wasn’t in Tennessee, Florida or other southern state where they commonly sing their songs. He found them in Kalamazoo County—once … Continue reading

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Birding trails and festivals abound for Michigan bird-watchers

By Howard Meyerson Peggy Ridgway is no laggard when it comes to organizing bird-watching events. The 73-year-old retired Oscoda school teacher founded the Tawas Point Birding Festival that celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The popular Lake Huron shoreline event, … Continue reading

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Bird-friendly Communities Coming of Age

By Howard Meyerson Royce Ragland is proud that her village of Elk Rapids —population 1,642—is working to improve conditions for birds. The Antrim County community has the unique distinction of being the “first community in the world” to be certified … Continue reading

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Birds are Big Bucks

By Howard Meyerson Kay Charter recalls her “epiphany,” the moment she knew she wanted to do something for birds. It was 1992. She was poking around the lot behind her Northport home. A family of Winter Wrens emerged from under … Continue reading

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Study: Hunters and birdwatchers have lot in common

If the title of this gets you to scratching your head, think again. A paper recently published in the Journal of Wildlife Management discusses the similarities of both communities in their commitment to conservation practices.    “My colleagues and I wondered how … Continue reading

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Take A Wintry Walk – On Top Of The Snow! Snowshoe Experiences and Trails in West Michigan

When the snow piles up and the winter woods grow quiet, there is no better time to get out on snowshoes. Designed to keep hikers from sinking deep, and let them walk at an easy pace, snowshoes can open up … Continue reading

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Wind Turbines and Birds: A Case for Further Study

By Howard Meyerson Wind power has been a growth industry in Michigan, but one viewed with enthusiasm and concern. Standing high over the landscape, the long-bladed turbines can be seen for miles, powerful symbols of progress and a greener age … Continue reading

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Sandhill Crane’s Rebound in Michigan Opens Hunt Possibilities

By Howard Meyerson Michigan’s iconic Sandhill Cranes, majestic and standing three to four feet tall, are by all accounts an example of conservation success. Once nearly extirpated by market hunting and wetland loss, they thrive today in marshes all around … Continue reading

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Avian Botulism Takes its Toll: Scientists Continue to Look for Clues

By Howard Meyerson Joe Kaplan didn’t have to look far to find dead birds in 2007. Thousands had washed up on the northern Lake Michigan shoreline, from Sleeping Bear Dunes north across the Upper Peninsula. Carcasses littered the light-colored sands. … Continue reading

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