Author Archives: Howard Meyerson

Invasive Plants and Birds: Research Shows Native Plants Are Better for Nutrition

By Howard Meyerson Kay Charter isn’t shy about letting people know that native plants are preferred when it comes to providing nutrition for birds. She and her husband, Jim, restored 30 acres of prairie on their 44-acre Omena bird preserve, … Continue reading

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Dave Irish: A Life Spent Playing With Boats

By Howard Meyerson In the resort community of Harbor Springs, MI, the name Dave Irish brings nods of affirmation. Accolades often follow about the 79-year-old entrepreneur who sailed into port as a six-year-old boy with his family; who grew up … Continue reading

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River Restoration: Is it Good for Birds?

By Howard Meyerson When Doug Klein goes birdwatching along the Thornapple River near Nashville, he often is pleased about what he finds. Birds are numerous, particularly at the nearby Nashville site where a 155-year-old dam stood until 2009, when it … Continue reading

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Three Lake Huron parks are Michigan’s newest ‘dark sky preserves’

By Howard Meyerson Sitting under a dark sky full of stars can be magical, a glimpse of the sublime and a sight to behold. Yet, many never really experience it. Their communities shine too much light into the night sky. … Continue reading

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Protecting wildlife in Detroit’s urban core

By Howard Meyerson Toiling daily in the urban industrial zone adjacent to the Detroit River, John Hartig’s work is never finished. There are wetlands to restore and invasive plants to control, remnant pollution issues to resolve, and fish and bird … Continue reading

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Lake Michigan Water Trail A Mecca for Paddlers

By Howard Meyerson When Dan Plath and his friends set off in late July to paddle 50 miles along the southern Lake Michigan shoreline, their journey will be one of adventure and celebration. Plath — an environmental scientist and president … Continue reading

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Grand Rapids Area Trout Stream a National Conservation Priority

By Howard Meyerson Anglers, teachers, concerned citizens and school children all are working to improve stream conditions for trout in the Rogue River, a popular Grand Rapids area trout stream that was adopted by Trout Unlimited, the national cold water … Continue reading

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Plenty of Places to Launch a Boat in Grand Rapids

By Howard Meyerson Summer days and boating go hand-in-hand. When temperatures climb and days get longer the urge to hit the water often grows strong. But where can you launch that runabout, sailboat, kayak or rowboat? Fortunately, Grand Rapids area … Continue reading

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U.S. House measure supports shippers on ballast water dumping

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A plan gaining support in Congress and backed by the cargo shipping industry would establish a nationwide policy for dumping ballast water into U.S. waterways that environmental groups say would open the door to more … Continue reading

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Lonnie Kester: A farmer with a vision builds a public trail

By Howard Meyerson Lonnie Kester grew up on a Michigan farm and farming is his life. But the 58-year-old family man from Millington – a rural village northeast of Flint – is known for more than his agri-business interests. Though … Continue reading

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