On the Water has a packed 2020 field season! We might not have any events coming up in April but stay tuned for the rest of spring, summer and fall for a variety of events all around the state of Michigan! During this current time please remember to remain safe, practice good hygiene and social…

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Due to recent announcements and the public health concerns surrounding COVID-19, all On the Water (OTW) volunteer events have been canceled for the month of April.  This includes all OTW events such as the Lake Lansing Beach Clean-up on April 4th and the Clinton River Clean-up on April 18th. There is a possibility that there…

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This past Saturday 17 volunteers came out to Burchfield Park in Holt to assemble 10 wood duck boxes. Volunteers came from around the lower peninsula of Michigan to spend the morning putting together wood duck boxes to help out the local population. The event started with coffee and donuts, followed by brief introductions by Burchfield…

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Have you heard? MUCC’s On the Water program which is funded through Consumers Energy’s Planet grant is helping out the local Wood Duck population Saturday, March 7th, come on out to Burchfield County Park and help restore the Wood Duck box population! That’s this upcoming Saturday! This is a fun, educational opportunity for the whole…

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Written by HuronPines AmeriCorps Member Joe Dewan   I was interested in doing a term of AmeriCorps service because I wanted to gain experience doing hands-on conservation work. So far I have very much enjoyed my time with MUCC as I have received many opportunities to interact with conservation professionals and learn from them. On…

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MSU’s aquatic field guide describes non-native phragmites is a “stout, colonial, perennial grass ranging in height from 1.8-3.9 m (6-13 ft). Inflorescence a dense branched cluster on the bearded axis at the end of each stem; becoming open and feathery at maturity. Stems dull yellowish; usually covered by the leaf sheath. This invasive species habitat…

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The invasive species Oregon Grape is an evergreen shrub that may reach 4 to 6 feet in height and 3 to 4 feet in width.  This shrub has large, pinnately compound leaves with 9 to 13 spiny leaflets.  The shrub is multi-stemmed and the bark is corky.  Fragrant, yellow flowers appear in winter.  Small, black…

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MUCC’s On the Water program is filling up its calendar for its second field season. Check out the events below to see if there is an event in your neck of the woods. Everyone is welcome to come out and volunteer at one of these events! UPCOMING OTW EVENTS FOR 2020 MARCH MAKING WOOD DUCK…

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“The Wood Duck are one of the most stunningly pretty of all waterfowl. Males are iridescent chestnut and green, with ornate patterns on nearly every feather; the elegant females have a distinctive profile and delicate white pattern around the eye. These birds live in wooded swamps, where they nest in holes in trees or in…

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European water-clover(EWC) is an aquatic fern that can be located on “slow-moving waters like oxbow lakes, floodplains of major rivers, stream banks, flood channels, ditches, man-made fishponds, clay-pits, gravel pits, pig pastures, rice fields, hemp- and flax-steeping places, and water bodies polluted with heavy metals (Ahmad et al. 2010; Strat 2012; Schneider-Binder 2014). It had…

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