On the Ground: Volunteers Build “Rabbitat” at Bellevue Conservation Club

On Saturday, February 3, 2024, MUCC’s On the Ground Program hosted a brush pile-building event in partnership with the Bellevue Conservation Club. Brush piles are called “rabbitat” because they provide habitat for rabbits and many other species, including chipmunks, squirrels, mice, snakes, and ground-nesting birds. Brush piles are also used as hunting grounds for hawks,…

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Help FENd-off invasive buckthorn with On the Ground!

On Saturday, September 9, 2023, On the Ground (OTG) will co-host another stewardship work day with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and the City of Portage Parks and Recreation Department at Gourdneck State Game Area (SGA) in Kalamazoo County. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, September 9 from 9:00 AM to noon to help…

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How to Become a Hunter Education Instructor

As the demand for hunter education classes continues to outpace the availability of current instructors, there is a need to expand the current pool of people who are able to teach hunter safety in Michigan.  Currently, the only way to expand that pool is to get more people to become certified instructors. Becoming an instructor…

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Where to Find Recreational Safety Classes

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As we get ready for spring outdoor activities boating, off-road vehicle riding and turkey hunting come to mind. For people looking to start hunting or who need to learn how to be a safe and responsible boater, or ORV rider the Michigan DNR has a mandatory curriculum for hunter education as well as courses for…

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Ice Mountain Environmental Stewardship Fund Opportunity

Healthy freshwater watersheds are vital to the quality of life for people, wildlife, recreation and our economy. Since 2002, the Ice Mountain Environmental Stewardship Fund through its annual grant-making program has supported the important work of groups to enhance the water quality throughout the Muskegon River Watershed. Celebrating its 20th year of providing funds to…

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Family Fishing Event with Grand Ledge Library

On Saturday the 11th, MUCC, the Great Lakes Fisheries Trust, and the Grand Ledge Library partnered to hold a free fishing weekend for local families. Over four hours, more than 30 youth and their parents learned the basics of casting, tackle/equipment selection and spent time fishing. Throughout the day, lots of laughter was heard along…

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European frog-bit is invading, you can help stop the spread

Guest Author Paige Filice- MSU Extension Natural Resources Educator Urgent action is needed to stop the spread of invasive European frog-bit in Michigan. European frog-bit is a free-floating aquatic plant that thrives in slow-moving waters with little to no wave action and wetland areas with vegetation like cattails and phragmites. It was recently discovered in…

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The Mighty Butterball

Tonight is my Christmas Eve, the evening before the southern zone waterfowl opener. Tomorrow is one of my favorite and most anticipated days of the year.  Although I have already hunted several times during early goose/teal and snuck up north for a day in the middle zone, the south zone is where I spend the…

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