Tag Archives: Conservation

Grand Rapids’ Nature Centers Offer Outdoorsy Fun For All Ages

By Howard Meyerson Two minutes from the traffic on East Beltline Avenue is a peaceful, natural setting full of surprises. In spring the woods fill with natural sounds – sweet bird songs by day and a chorus of frogs and … 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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Roads Less Traveled: National Forest Seeks user input about preferred two-tracks, trails

By Howard Meyerson Maybe you’ve heard the scuttlebutt about the U.S. Forest Service closing more roads in Huron-Manistee National Forest. The message, which got posted on social media by off-road vehicle enthusiasts, urgently suggests that those who care should write … Continue reading

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Quiet Water Symposium celebrates 20 years

By Howard Meyerson Most of the major winter outdoor shows highlight boating, hunting and fishing, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Michigan, after all, boasts nearly a million registered boats and roughly 1.6 million anglers and hunters. … Continue reading

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Graymont revises mining proposal; DNR decision postponed

By Howard Meyerson GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A newly updated proposal from Graymont Inc., the Canadian mining company seeking to buy state land for a limestone mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, was submitted to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources … Continue reading

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ORV users work to improve access at Silver Lake State Park

By Howard Meyerson MEARS, MI – Ron Olson stood in front of a packed house, his tall, lanky frame towering over many who listened intently. More than 200 off-road and dune-buggy enthusiasts poured into Golden Township Hall on this frigid … Continue reading

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Scientists: Invasive snail more prevalent than thought, poses grave danger to waterfowl

  By Howard Meyerson GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Scientists studying the health of Great Lakes coastal wetlands report that faucet snails have been found in many more waters than anticipated. The invasive snail, native to Europe, poses a threat to … Continue reading

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New DNR deer specialist Chad Stewart ready to talk with state’s hunters

By Howard Meyerson GRAND RAPIDS, MI – After eight years working for the state of Indiana as a deer research biologist, Chad Stewart is looking forward to working with Michigan deer hunters. The 36-year-old Pennsylvania native began his new duties … Continue reading

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