Posts Tagged ‘cooperatives’

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: 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…

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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…

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In the Field: Winter Pheasant Cover

by Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC Did you have great pheasant habitat in the spring and summer? Then the snow came and your grass is as flat as a pancake – doing very little for pheasants throughout the winter? What you are missing are cool-season grasses like switch-grass and some nice sturdy shrubs to…

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In the Field: Cooperative Meeting in the Northeast

by Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC On Saturday, I had the privilege of attending and speaking at the Anchor Creek Rendezvous. Galen, a Dairy Farmer in the Cooperative talked about the importance of cooperative, from an agriculture perspective and not a hunter. Managing deer and cows do run parallel together, we just have different…

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In the Field: In with the New

by Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC Now that hunting seasons have wrapped up (click here to read about special January hunts), I welcome you to the first day of the 2018 season: preparation. Hopefully, you took note of your habitat conditions when you were out hunting or running your dog. If not, get back…

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In the Field: 2017 in Review

by Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC In 2017, the Michigan Wildlife Cooperative program facilitated the following events around the state: Habitat Workshop Series, promoting mid-contract management options for properties in the Conservation Reserve Program, in partnership with local Conservation Districts Pilot run of the Deer Browse Survey, in partnership with DNR and Anchor Creek Deer…

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In the Field: December Pheasant Season

by Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC Typically when you think of a hunting season, you think about harvesting animals! One could assume, quite logically, that my blog this week is about hunting pheasants. Yes, it is. It is also about creating future pheasant hunting opportunities. There are some fun things we can do this…

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In the Field: Response to CWD

by Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC The newest set of CWD positives is startling. At least 30 positive cases in Michigan, with more to come for sure, as thousands of samples are waiting at the lab for the rest of the CWD test kits to be delivered. This is horrible news for Michigan deer.…

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