In the Field: National Pollinator Week

June 18-24 has been named National Pollinator Week! As we know, pollinators are vital to the success of our ecosystem but have faced challenges due to changing use of the landscape. Fields are getting larger, fence rows are disappearing and floral diversity is being eliminated with diminishing grasslands. We face the same glaring concerns for…

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NRC Recap, Minus CWD

By Ian FitzGerald, MUCC Policy Intern This recap includes everything that MUCC felt was relevant at the NRC meeting last Thursday except for the topic of CWD. A more intensive and thorough release will include MUCC’s take on the CWD proposal and what the organization likes or would like changed. Bobcat regulations, squirrel season changes and…

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MUCC Executive Director Testified on the Effects and Mismanagement of Cormorants

Cormorant Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 11, 2018 CONTACT: MUCC Deputy Director Amy Trotter, atrotter@mucc.org MUCC Public Information Officer Nick Green, ngreen@mucc.org Click here for Eichinger’s full, written testimony MUCC Executive Director Testified on the Effects and Mismanagement of Cormorants This afternoon, Michigan United Conservation Clubs Executive Director Dan Eichinger testified in front of the House Committee…

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MUCC Executive Director Testifies at “Examining Effects of Mismanagement of Cormorants in the Great Lakes Region”

Cormorant Michigan

Testimony of Mr. Daniel Eichinger Executive Director, Michigan United Conservation Clubs U.S House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources “Examining Effects of Mismanagement of Cormorants in the Great Lakes Region” June 11, 2018   Introduction Mr. Chairman, members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony on cormorants in the Great Lakes…

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Summary of Proposed CWD Regulations

Photo by Anna Mitterling

MUCC is providing this as a summary of the recently released Michigan DNR recommendation to the Natural Resources Commission on CWD management for white-tailed deer. The full document can be found here: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/12WCO2018_CWD_Regs_INFO_624924_7.pdf In a few days-time, we will have completed our reaction to the proposal, but in short we think that the individual components…

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Call Senators to Support Commercial Fishing Legislation

Michigan United Conservation Clubs needs your help to ensure that game fish are not allowed for commercial harvest and that more stringent regulations are placed on commercial anglers. Senate Bill 0925 was introduced by Senator Michael Green (R-Mayville) on April 10 and was referred to the Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. The hearing…

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On the Ground Jr: Murphy Elementary at Rose Lake SGA

On Wednesday, May 30th and Thursday, May 31st, 100 students from Murphy Elementary in the Haslett public schools built brush piles and pulled garlic mustard in the Rose Lake State Game Area to improve wildlife habitat. The students then enjoyed an afternoon of activities including mammal pelt ID, duck decoy ID and archery at the Rose…

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Fishing Fun!

This week in the Education Department, we spent several days fishing with kids. It started last week on Tuesday and continued throughout the next seven days.  We were able to fish with middle school students in Bay City, the public in Williamston, the public in Lansing, and fifth graders in Haslett.  All combined we fished…

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On the Ground: Volunteers Improve Habitat in the Gwinn State Forest

Last weekend was a busy one for wildlife habitat improvement in the Gwinn State Forest! On Saturday, May 19th, the Mid U.P. Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society hosted a tree planting event at the Bill Rollo Memorial GEMS area in the Gwinn State Forest. Then, a few of those volunteers dedicated a second day…

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A Week of Water Festivals

This week the Education Department has shifted gears out of the field and woods and into the lakes and streams that the Great Lakes state is known for. It has been a week of water festivals to remind people about how precious the resource we have is and educate them about what makes Michigan so…

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