Wildlife Cooperatives

In the Field: Cooperative Communication Part 1

A wildlife cooperative is formed with the understanding that one’s ability to build and maintain relationships is key. Today we are going back to the basics and deciphering what it means to be a conscious communicator. In today’s world communication is affected by both human communication (actual person to person exchange) and electronically mediated (phones,…

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Feeding and Baiting in Michigan

There seems to be some confusion and misinformation about the regulations regarding baiting and feeding wildlife in the aftermath of the Natural Resources Commission’s final enactment of the Chronic Wasting Disease regulations earlier this month. MUCC’s grassroots members have continued to support (since 2009) a ban on baiting and feeding deer so as to reduce…

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In the Field: Deer Rendezvous 2018

The Michigan Wildlife Cooperatives Program held it’s annual Deer Rendezvous event August 3-4. The Deer Rendezvous is put on as a free event to cooperative and QDMA branch leaders as an opportunity to reflect on the past year, discuss successes and challenges, grow as a community and set goals for the next season. The Crockery…

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CWD in Michigan-What Just Happened?! Recap

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission just completed the August 9, 2018 monthly meeting where the biggest item up for action was Chronic Wasting Disease Regulations (Wildlife Conservation Order Amendment  No. 12). Rather than take you through the pain of all the amendments and amendments of amendments, MUCC is providing this as a quick summary for…

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Conflicting Amendments to CWD Regulations Proposed; Decisions to Come in August

The July 12, 2018 Natural Resources Commission was another display of passionate discussion about necessary hunting regulations, metrics, and management and education activities to contain the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in Michigan. The proposed Wildlife Conservation Order Amendment 12 of 2018 (MUCC summary available here) has been up for discussion for the last 2…

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In the Field: The Cooperative Difference

Wildlife Cooperatives are not a brand new concept in Michigan. They do, however, hold their value. To help people understand where we have been and where we are going, let’s first start with the definition of cooperative. co·op·er·a·tive adjective 1. involving mutual assistance in working toward a common goal. “every member has clearly defined tasks…

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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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In the Field: County Line Cooperative

On Saturday I had the pleasure to attend the Third Annual Cooperative meeting with the County Line Cooperative. I am impressed by this group (along with many other of the great cooperatives we have in Michigan)!  They hosted the Deer Rendezvous the past two years and even allowed other cooperative and QDMA branch leaders to…

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In the Field: Pollinator Habitat Workshops Continue

by Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC Wheew! What a whirlwind the past few weeks have been, with a couple more yet to go. I want to thank the local Conservation Districts, PF Chapters, QDMA Branches, cooperative leaders, DNR staff, and Farm Bill Biologists for presenting and sharing with event attendees. Also, a special thank…

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In the Field: Pollinator Habitat Workshops Continue

FREE Wildlife and Pollinator Habitat Workshops Looking to attract deer, songbirds, pheasants and butterflies onto your property, at the same time improving air, water, and soil quality? Come to a free workshop near you to learn about programs and tools available to help you create quality wildlife habitat on your property! Grassland habitats provide significant…

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