Tag Archives: Wildlife

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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With Deadly Attacks Up, Federal Officials Prepare to Remove Grizzly Protections

After 30 years of being protected by the Endangered Species Act, grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region have rebounded from a low of fewer than 200 bears to more than 600. Federal officials with the US Fish and Wildlife Service … Continue reading

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Small game hunting forecast looks good

By Howard Meyerson Upland bird and small game hunters may need to walk more this fall and look further afield for their favorite quarry. Heavy spring rains produced plenty of fruiting plants and acorns. The woods and swales are full … Continue reading

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Waterfowl hunting season gets underway: Fall forecast is good

By Howard Meyerson Spring rains may have wreaked havoc on the Michigan landscape this year, but they likely made things better for waterfowl hunters. More ponds and marshes are holding water meaning waterfowl hunters will have more places to hunt, … Continue reading

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