Tag Archives: Conservation

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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Officials consider changes to lake trout regulations

By Howard Meyerson Lake Michigan anglers can expect rule changes ahead for lake trout all along the Lower Peninsula shoreline. State fisheries managers want to liberalize fishing in the southern basin and reduce fishing pressure in northern waters. “We’re interested … 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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Branching Out: Muskegon Conservation District is at the root of environmental health

By Howard Meyerson Once the daffodils break ground and tiny, purple Hepaticas brighten forest floors, Jeff Auch’s phone will begin to ring in earnest. The callers may be gardeners or land owners seeking advice about woodlots or wildlife, but most … Continue reading

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Lake Michigan fishing forecast: Colder waters, smaller salmon and steelhead

By Howard Meyerson It’s not a stretch to say that lakes will be cold when the 2014 fishing season opens on April 1. And, given the volume of frigid runoff this spring, federal hydrologists predict Lake Michigan-Huron waters are likely … Continue reading

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Cheboygan River system studied for landlocked lamprey

By Howard Meyerson CHEBOYGAN, MI – Researchers who are studying sea lampreys in the Cheboygan River system are looking for a little help from anglers over the next couple of years. Evidence is mounting that a landlocked population of lampreys … Continue reading

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Increasing white perch population affecting Lake Erie yellow perch

By Howard Meyerson MONROE, MI — It’s no secret that the Lake Erie yellow perch fishery is not what it used to be. Only 10 million 2-year-olds now show up in the catch compared with peak years in the mid-1980s … Continue reading

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Increased license fees will improve inland fishing, cold water habitat and hunting lands

By Howard Meyerson The start of Michigan’s 2014 fishing season is still a couple of weeks away, but if you haven’t been paying close attention you might be surprised when you buy a fishing license this year. Prices have gone … 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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Valuable Lessons: Boy Scouts brave cold to help ducks

By Howard Meyerson ROSCOMMON, MI — When the members of Clio Boy Scout Troop 602 met last fall to build duck nesting boxes, installing them on trees around a frozen swamp was just a distant idea. No one knew that … Continue reading

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