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Wild About Waterfowl

On Tuesday, Tyler and I had a chance to get out of the office and get into a classroom.  We ditched our work desks for some classroom tables. We headed to Fairview Elementary School in Lansing to conduct a presentation for about 65 students.  The students were two classes of second graders and one class…

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A New Connection

One of the key components of the OTG Jr. Program is creating a connection between the student participants and public land.  The whole concept behind this program is to show students and their parents/teachers that there is accessible outdoor recreation not too far from where they live.  We are trying to show them they do…

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A “Non-typical” Day at Camp

Introducing people to the outdoors is one of my favorite parts of the work I do.  During the last week of September, Camp Director Tyler Butler and I had a chance to work with some non-traditional students from the Lansing area.   We held an outdoor education day for a group of students from the Lansing…

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Wild Game Wednesday: Venison Chili with Pickled Jalapeños

Venison Chili

With firearm deer season just two weeks away, and more than 660,000 deer hunters taking to the woods, preparations for camp traditions are in full swing! Year after year those traditions get passed down, and although they may vary from camp to camp, they are a part of every hunter. It could be the same…

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October NRC Meeting Recap

The Natural Resources Commission will have two major fisheries decisions to make in the coming months. Two fisheries orders came up for information at the October 12 Natural Resources Commission meeting at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena. Among the most controversial is this statewide warmwater regulations for muskie (FO 215.18), in which…

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GROUPS SUE U.S. EPA TO ACT ON LAKE ERIE

MUCC has joined as a party to this lawsuit with National Wildlife Federation and others. Below is a joint press release issued today, along with a link to the case document. WASHINGTON, D.C.– To force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect communities and businesses from harmful algal blooms that have plagued Lake Erie for…

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HOW TO DO A CROWING COUNT FOR PHEASANTS

By Anna Mitterling, MUCC, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator Believe it or not, pheasants are starting to make a comeback in different parts of Southern Michigan. The trail camera picture shows a flock of pheasants flying by, and believe it or not, those are pheasants on a parcel of well managed habitat in Gratiot County. The phrase,…

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MUCC'S ON THE GROUND PROGRAM EXPANDS TO INCLUDE K-12 SCHOOL GROUPS

Two more wildlife habitat improvement projects will be completed in different regions of the state by the end of this week.  Tomorrow, we will be teaming up with the Reese High School Out-of-Doors Club to maintain wood duck nesting boxes in the Fish Pointe Wildlife Area. Then, on Saturday, we will be teaming up with…

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VOLUNTEERS WITH MUCC COMPLETE THE FIRST SPRING PROJECTS

Volunteers with MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Program have already completed three wildlife habitat improvement projects in the past week and a half! Crabapple trees were planted in the Southwest region, brush piles were built for rabbitat in the Southeast region, and Scotch pine was removed from a Jack pine plantation and brush piles were built in…

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HOW TO CONDUCT A DEER BROWSE SURVEY

by Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC When you are looking to “manage” deer, it is very helpful to collect information that clues you into understanding deer numbers in your area and their impact on their habitat. Trail cameras can help estimate numbers of deer, and browse impact studies can help determine the impact they…

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