Tag Archives: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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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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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Federal funds slated for Negwegon State Park to protect its wetlands

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Mich. – A $900,000 federal grant to acquire private property within Negwegon State Park on Lake Huron is going to help protect coastal wetlands and endangered species, according to federal officials. The National Coastal Wetlands … Continue reading

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Pheasant Restoration Initiative Gains Ground

By Howard Meyerson Lansing. — Now five years into a 10-year plan to restore pheasant habitat in portions of Michigan, state and other wildlife biologists are crowing a bit. Grasslands are being restored and progress is being made. The challenge, … Continue reading

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Predator-Prey study: Wolves not threat to deer you may think

By Howard Meyerson In the snowy woods of the western Upper Peninsula, wildlife researchers are learning a thing or two about deer survival: what preys on adult whitetails and fawns — and what else contributes to their deaths. Some in … Continue reading

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Michigan’s winter paradise: groomed ski trails and fat bike destinations

By Howard Meyerson While southern Michigan snowfalls haven’t amounted to much so far, winter is a long way from over. If you’re inclined to get out on cross‑country skis, consider heading north where the snow is deeper. It should be a … Continue reading

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Reef-rehabilitation project improves spawning for Grand Traverse lakers

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, MI – Efforts this summer to improve lake trout, whitefish and cisco populations in Grand Traverse Bay, by building a stone reef near Elk Rapids, produced some good results during the fall spawning season. Lake … Continue reading

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Pigeon River: flowing free after dam removal

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Mich. – It took more than 100 years and three major mishaps, but the Pigeon River is free-flowing once again.  The Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat dam was removed this fall. Deep in the … Continue reading

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Popular Montmorency County flooding to be filled following dam construction

By Howard Meyerson Atlanta, Mich – A popular Montmorency County flooding now dry for several years will be replenished with water in 2016. Construction of a new dam at Foch Lakes flooding was completed in November. State officials say the … Continue reading

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