Tag Archives: National Audubon Society

Michigan’s Important Bird Areas Flag Conservation Priorities

By Howard Meyerson It’s no secret that Lake Michigan waters are important for recreation and tourism. Thousands of summer tourists flock daily to its shoreline to boat, swim, and play. But scientists have recently determined that those crystal-blue waters are … Continue reading

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Climate Change: Shifting Climate, Shifting Birds

By Howard Meyerson Adam Byrne had the good fortune last year to observe a nesting pair of Blue Grosbeaks. He wasn’t in Tennessee, Florida or other southern state where they commonly sing their songs. He found them in Kalamazoo County—once … Continue reading

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Bird-friendly Communities Coming of Age

By Howard Meyerson Royce Ragland is proud that her village of Elk Rapids —population 1,642—is working to improve conditions for birds. The Antrim County community has the unique distinction of being the “first community in the world” to be certified … Continue reading

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Climate Change: The Risks for Michigan birds

By Howard Meyerson While global climate change reports often focus on iconic creatures like polar bears and penguins, species that would be in jeopardy if the polar ice cap melts, Michigan and Great Lakes scientists are looking to understand what … 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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Kirtland’s Warbler makes a comeback, but what’s ahead?

By Howard Meyerson I love a good conservation success story and Michigan has several: Wolves are returning; bald eagles are plentiful; wild turkeys are everywhere; and elk are just fine. But, none warms my heart so much as the Kirtland’s … Continue reading

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A Life of Conservation: Mary Jane Dockeray

By Howard Meyerson GRAND RAPIDS, MI  – Mary Jane Dockeray is concerned about kids today; they are out of touch with the land and so are their parents. Not farm land and cornfields so much, but the origins of things … Continue reading

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Coffee, Conservation and Urban Birds: Meet Julie Craves

By Howard Meyerson DEARBORN – Julie Craves is picky about her coffee, about its taste and where it’s grown. Given a choice, she’ll take light roast over dark, but only one choice exists when it comes to sun-grown or shade. … Continue reading

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