Wildlife Cooperatives

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

In the Field: Conducting a 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…

Read More

In the Field: Keeping it Relational (Meeting Ideas)

by Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC We are all part of various social groups. Church groups, sports groups, hunting groups, family groups, party groups… you name it. The common factors of why we are part of these groups is time together and common interest. If you never spend time with the people of the…

Read More

In the Field: Pollinator Habitat Workshop Series

FREE Wildlife and Pollinator Habitat Workshop 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…

Read More

In the Field: Shed Hunting

by Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC This past weekend we had freakish spring weather, followed the next day by more typical Michigan winter. Michigan, right? But regardless, it sure is fun taking advantage of random beautiful days in the winter. I took the opportunity to (finally) grab my trail cameras. I had not checked…

Read More

In the Field: It takes Partners

by Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC The most valuable part of cooperatives is the collaboration that takes place among neighbors, friends and family. The same applies to a program to help support cooperatives – the most valuable part of this program is the network of partners that have come together to support a growing…

Read More