Wildlife cooperatives have long been known for their collaborative conservation efforts. Members make informed management decisions by conducting habitat surveys, completing habitat projects, setting and carrying out harvest goals, collecting harvest information and engaging with industry professionals on all of the above. Many cooperatives also participate in community outreach to keep the public informed on…

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The weekend many outdoorsmen and women have waited for has come and gone – the opener of Michigan’s firearm season. There is still plenty of time left to hit the field but there’s something special about the tradition of November 15. Most years this tradition is shared with my husband and family. There is a…

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By: Morgan Jennings Wildlife cooperatives have placed community engagement high on their priority list. Disease testing, education and awareness has been dominating much of the conversation in Michigan for the last few years. Hunter participation in reaching DNR set testing goals (by county) plays a significant role in understanding the transmission rate of CWD. Many…

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It is the season of giving and celebrating in many ways. Michigan’s hunting seasons are in full swing, holidays are approaching, families are gathering and harvest has begun. For many people, this is the time of year they look forward to. It is also the time of year that non-profit organizations hold their annual fundraising…

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I grew up with the public land experience. Although I haven’t always been a hunter, I’ve spent countless hours hiking through the woods of the Lapeer State Game Area (there were perks to living less than 2 miles from it) and fishing its small, inland lakes. Some of my best childhood memories are nestled at…

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The last couple of weeks have been filled with events and outreach for the Michigan Wildlife Cooperatives Program (MWC). I have covered the state with different partners and had the privilege to talk with hundreds of kids and adults. These busy weeks have proven to me (again) how diverse my role is and how much…

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If you are a Michigan hunter, you have been affected by Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) either directly or indirectly. CWD has consumed conversation and there’s more to come – but rightfully so. We don’t know everything about the disease or its implications. What we do know is that this neurological disease is always fatal and…

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On July 30, Michigan United Conservation Clubs partnered with the Genesee Conservation District (GCD) on a habitat day. GCD put on the event at a local landowner’s property and also included US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and USDA/NRCS. This event showcased what partnership conservation projects look like and how a landowner would go about…

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The Michigan Wildlife Cooperatives Program is joining forces with the Genesee Conservation District, Pheasants Forever, US Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA/NRCS, and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program(MAEAP) for a day in the field. This event is focused on all things wildlife habitat including grasslands, forest management, wetlands, cost-share programs and MAEAP. Partners in conservation…

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There is an art to communication. Even though we interact with others every day, there is a difference between casual conversation and conscious communication. While some parts overlap, the latter requires more formal construction. If you haven’t already checked out Part 1, please do. To summarize, conscious communication is the mindful use of information to…

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