Posts Tagged ‘On The Ground’

OTG: Volunteers Needed for Wildlife this Winter

Whether you’re a veteran OTG volunteer or brand new to the program, check out these great events we have lined up for the winter season. Each of these events is a great opportunity to get outdoors with friends and family and have an immediate impact on Michigan wildlife. Register now at mucc.org/on-the-ground and receive a…

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Registration Open for Upcoming Chainsaw Safety and OTG Events

The OTG program has a great line-up of wildlife habitat improvement projects scheduled throughout 2020, and some of the upcoming events are already posted and open for registration on the OTG webpage. Whether you’re looking to improve your sawyer skills and have an interest in a chainsaw safety course or want to be involved in…

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2020 On The Ground Wildlife Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in attending an OTG event next year? We already have several events scheduled for the winter, spring and summer months of 2020, with many more still being planned and added to the list. Many of these events are family-friendly and educational, and offer each volunteer the chance to learn more about how wildlife is…

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State Game Area Highlight: Gratiot-Saginaw SGA

Written by Makhayla LaButte, MUCC Habitat Volunteer Coordinator Comprised of nearly 17,000 acres, the Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area (SGA) is one of the largest managed wildlife areas in the Lower Peninsula. During its acquisition by the State of Michigan in 1939, much of the land that now makes up the Gratiot-Saginaw SGA was agricultural fields…

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OTG Program Reaches 3,000 Volunteers

Written by MUCC Habitat Volunteer Coordinator, Makhayla LaButte Following an On the Ground (OTG) Jr. event with Morrice Elementary on Wednesday, October 30, the OTG program has reached another volunteer milestone. To date, more than 3,000 volunteers have improved wildlife habitat on public land across the state of Michigan. This milestone comes less than six…

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OTG Jr: Morrice Elementary Volunteers at Rose Lake SGA

Written by MUCC Habitat Volunteer Coordinator, Makhayla LaButte On Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30, two groups containing 53 fifth grade students, teachers and chaperones from Morrice Elementary removed large groves of invasive autumn olive and other woody brush from a portion of the Rose Lake State Game Area. The project site was the…

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OTG: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Now that the summer field season for OTG has concluded, it is time to look back and reflect on the completed 2019 season and begin developing goals and projects for the upcoming 2020 season. However, as I was entering the data into the program, it became clear that our OTG program had a much bigger…

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2019: Another Successful Year for OTG

The OTG season for the 2019 fiscal year officially came to a close on Friday, September 6 following an event in the Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area. Now that school is back in session, we have four more events planned for the month of October with our OTG Jr. program. This field trip-based program enables youth…

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OTG at Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area

Volunteers braved inclement weather on Friday, September 6 to clear up the edges of a dike in the Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area near Ashley. After meeting at the old DNR field office, volunteers made the short trek to the dike to begin clearing excess woody debris to improve water flow through the wetland. The primary…

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Upcoming Gratiot-Saginaw Event Marks End of 2019 OTG

Our Friday, September 6 project in the Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area marks the end of our OTG projects for the 2019 fiscal year. After this, we will host some OTG Jr. events with local schools before our field season quiets down for the approaching hunting seasons. Come out and help us wrap up another successful…

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