Tag Archives: Nature

Nature Nearby: Parks, Trails, Woods and Wildlife Within 10 minutes of downtown Grand Rapids

By Howard Meyerson Though Grand Rapids’ downtown is often bustling, nature is never far away: green havens can be found throughout the city and all along the Grand River corridor. More than two dozen natural environs can be found within … Continue reading

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Prices Rising: National park senior & other passes a great way to save money

By Howard Meyerson A few weeks ago I let you know that many U.S. national parks are proposing to raise entrance, camping and other fees  in the next couple of years. Most are looking to make improvements for the National Park Service … 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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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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Camping fees increasing at Michigan State Parks

By Howard Meyerson The camping season still is some months away — unless you’re a die-hard, that is, or plan to spend a week in the Everglades. But if you are thinking to camp in Michigan this spring, be aware … 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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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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