Happy Holidays from the On the Ground (OTG) program! Although 2020 was filled with its fair share of challenges, we still had a very impactful season when it comes to wildlife habitat improvement in Michigan. Thank you to the dedicated volunteers that have helped shape OTG into the award-winning program that it is. We are…

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For the last 43 years, MUCC has been in many classrooms throughout Michigan and around the Midwest. Our affiliate clubs and friends sponsor thousands of TRACKS Magazine subscriptions in their communities and now, we are pleased to present it to you delivered to your home.   TRACKS Magazine has long been known by teachers as a…

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Congress passed a bipartisan bill late Monday night that would authorize the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA) and the Brandon Road Lock and Dam project. The WRDA authorization comes as part of a larger COVID-19 relief package aimed at stimulating the economy, providing economic aid to small businesses and shoring up unemployment benefits.…

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With winter settling in, going outside feels like it takes more work. It is important to get outside our homes and get some fresh air and exercise. There are plenty of outdoor activities your family can do during the holiday break. Here are a few tips from the National Wildlife Federation (MUCC’s parent affiliate) on…

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The On the Ground (OTG) program is already adding wildlife habitat improvement events to the 2021 calendar, and we are looking forward to returning to the field with fellow conservationists in the new year. Despite limitations early last field season due to COVID-19, the OTG program was able to end the field season with seven…

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When I started developing the On the Water program, I was living my dream. I created a volunteer watershed habitat improvement program that was designed to have a positive impact on freshwater and habitats throughout the state and to connect and engage Michigan residents to their natural resources by highlighting and educating the importance of…

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The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) met Thursday to hear public testimony on new rules for the 2021 deer hunting season, including revisions to antlerless deer licenses, crossbow use and antler point restrictions (APRs).  While deer regulations are normally brought before the NRC on a three-year cycle, they have recently been brought up annually to…

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According to a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) press release on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, an expected $1.85 million is available in grant funding for fisheries habitat projects. Three themes dominate the grant funding this year and include aquatic habitat conservation, aquatic habitat and recreation in the Au Sable, Manistee, and Muskegon river watersheds,…

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Guest Writer: Phil Durst, MSU Extention and Ian Fitzgerald, MUCC Policy Assistant Turning in the heads of deer taken is important for the management of Bovine Tuberculosis. There is a critical need in December to meet the county level goals set by USDA in Northeast Michigan. The help of every hunter and landowner is needed.…

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The OTW program hosted volunteer events that brought together many kinds of outdoor enthusiasts. From consumptive users like waterfowl hunters and anglers to non-consumptive users like birders and photographers the OTW program helped them unite in the effort to improve and protect aquatic habitat.  Continuing with the theme of bringing people together the OTW program…

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