Tag Archives: Michigan Audubon Society

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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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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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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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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