Tag Archives: Birdwatching

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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Endangered Kirtland’s Warbler Recovery: What Now?

By Howard Meyerson Michigan’s endangered Kirtland’s Warbler appears to be well down the road to recovery. More than 2,000 singing males were reported in Michigan’s 2013 Kirtland’s Warbler census. That was the second consecutive year that the population was double … Continue reading

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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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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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Winter Fun Close to Grand Rapids, MI

One thing that can be said about west Michigan is there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors and find your winter bliss. My newest post on Experience GR Blog, the City of Grand Rapids website, lays it all … 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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