Ick! A Tick!

Warmer weather brings a plethora of migrating birds to our backyards, mammals roaming about with their young, butterflies flitting around the early spring blooms, and ticks. It’s exciting to get back outside and enjoy the warm sunshine, but we also have to contend with…

Find Your Trail

Take a hike! Saturday June 2 is National Trails Day. Outdoor recreation is as important for our well being as it is for our economy. It seems surprising that free hiking trails can help generate more than 10 billion in annual revenue, and that’s…

Replenish

The temperature fluctuation has been quite…interesting this year. While we have had a similar amount of snowfall and overall precipitation during the first two months of the year as compared to last year, we have definitely seen more snow this April. Last year the…

Who’s Peeping?

The end of March, first of April is an exciting time outside. Most movies exaggerate real life, but this time of year really is like that scene from Bambi. Happy, singing, smiling. Even the plants seem to be smiling. While the Black Bear is emerging…

Long Winter’s Nap is Over

Tuesday marked the first day of Spring. You may have noticed or heard the return of robins, bluebirds, and geese. While we often don’t see them, mammals will begin to emerge from their dens and underground areas of hibernation. One of these mammals is…

Green Snakes and Beer

From a humble missionary to excessive amounts of green colored beer, what is the meaning of St. Patrick’s Day? I can assure you in the 18th century the celebrations were much quieter–people celebrated by going to church the second quietest place I know (behind…

We Speak For the Trees

The Lorax said “I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” Though the story is comprised of imaginary characters and a great deal of whimsy, the message transcends fiction, ages, and times. As the Lorax is a fictional character, and we…

Lions and Lambs

If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb. Where does this stuff come from? There are several ideas ranging from astrological signs to religious signs. In a region where seasons really mean something, it seems to have more…

GBBC

Another acronym. This is a good one though–Great Backyard Bird Count. Maybe you’ve heard of this event, and maybe you’ve thought about getting involved with citizen science projects in the past. This project is the perfect launch pad.  The Great Backyard Bird Count is…

Day of Shadow

By the time you read this, the news is already out. As we are not one of the three P’s of importance: Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, or Phil, combined with our northern Michigan locale where snow falls when it pleases and winter lasts as long as…