Tag Archives: Wildlife

Wanted: State’s Feral Swine

By Howard Meyerson GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Federal wildlife officials are ramping up efforts to locate, test, and kill feral swine in Michigan. Hunters and private landowners also are being encouraged to participate in the $20 million, U.S. Department of … Continue reading

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Michigan to hold first teal hunting season in nearly 50 years

By Howard Meyerson Waterfowl hunters have a unique opportunity for some fast-action shooting come September when Michigan holds its first early teal season after nearly 50 years. The seven-day, experimental season runs September 1-7. It was approved by the U.S. … 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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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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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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Harsh Winter: Supplemental deer feeding allowed in southern U.P

By Howard Meyerson ESCANABA, MI – Heavy snowfall and bitter, cold temperatures are likely to result in greater Upper Peninsula deer mortality this winter. State officials, who monitor conditions there, announced in early January that that clubs, groups and individuals can now … Continue reading

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Winds of Change: Further antler point restrictions proposed for Lower Peninsula

By Howard Meyerson Deer hunters have a bit to think about over the next couple of months as state wildlife biologists finish gathering data from surveys sent out to just over 4,000 hunters asking if they support expanding antler point … Continue reading

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Roadkill bill seeks to simplify keeping animals; clean up roads

By Howard Meyerson If Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, gets his way, it will be easier to have roadkill for supper in Michigan. Boorher and Sen John Pappageorge, R-Troy, introduced legislation that would allow motorists and others to take dead animals … 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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Climate Change: Butterflies, game birds and game animals threatened

By Howard Meyerson We hear a lot about the effects of climate change these days. Polar ice caps are melting. Polar bears are threatened as a result. The Minnesota Star Tribune recently published an extensive report on how it will … Continue reading

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