On the Ground Volunteer Opportunity at Au Train Lake

Join MUCC’s OTG program in creating brush bundles/woody debris structures at Au Train Lake to improve fish habitat and population numbers!  The project is a part of a larger initiative to work directly with riparian landowners along the shoreline of Au Train Lake and to communicate the importance of shoreline vegetation and in-water habitat structures.…

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Reptiles of Peirce Cedar Creek Institute

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is an amazing nature center focused on public education and environmental protection. On the 850 acres are native reptiles such as the eastern massasauga rattlesnake and the eastern box turtle. Learn more about these species below. The Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake The eastern massasauga rattlesnake is Michigan’s only venomous snake. It occurs…

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October Volunteer Events

Countless amazing volunteers have joined the OTG program to improve habitat across Michigan allowing the On the Ground Program to celebrate many successful events of the fiscal year. With the help of over 500 volunteers, 22 projects affecting recreation, habitat availability, and wildlife health improved Michigan’s outdoor areas.  Even though the fiscal year is complete,…

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Volunteers of the Gratiot-Saginaw Bridge Repair Event

Thanks to the wonderful volunteers at the September 17th Gratiot-Saginaw OTG event, the access bridge on the property is fixed. On Saturday morning, four volunteers took on the challenge of rebuilding the outdated access bridge. Armed with crowbars and power tools the crew removed and replaced the old wood planks. In total, the project lasted…

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On the Ground: Volunteers Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Dean Barnum by Improving Wetland Habitat at Kellogg Community College

On Friday, September 2, 2022, 41 volunteers joined MUCC’s On the Ground (OTG) program in partnership with Kellogg Community College to clean up the Linear Path and improve pollinator habitat on campus. Volunteers removed trash from Spring Lakes wetland area and performed trail maintenance around Linear Path at Kellogg Community College (KCC). Joining in on…

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Gratiot-Saginaw Bridge Repair

With multiple hunting seasons coming soon, having a functioning bridge at the Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area is necessary. If you have not visited, the Gratiot-Saginaw SGA consists of 16,966 acres located in Marion Township. Previously covered in farmland, the area now supplies habitat to wildlife species. On the allotment, 700 acres are dedicated to waterfowl.…

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On the Ground: Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

With only about a month left of summer, we look towards fall for crisper days, colorful trees and perfect weather for putting our boots to the ground to improve wildlife habitat and public land access throughout Michigan! There are multiple opportunities to volunteer with OTG through the month of October including planting trees for wildlife…

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On the Ground Maple River August 27th Event

The On the Ground Program is heading back to the Maple River State Game Area. Maple River SGA is a wonderful natural area that supports many wetland species. Previously volunteers placed wood duck nesting boxes, cleared woody debris, planted trees and created habitat for deer. This time the OTG program and MDNR are holding an…

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Double the Trouble with MUCC’s OTG Program

MUCC’s On the Ground (OTG) Program is double booked. This is great news for volunteers because there are more events to choose from. If you are looking for something to do on Saturday, August 20, consider attending an OTG habitat improvement project. Bullock Ranch State Wildlife Management Area (Upper Peninsula) Volunteers will help clear invasive…

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Volunteer with OTG at Verona State Game Area in August

Join MUCC’s On the Ground (OTG) program and Macomb County Pheasants Forever in assembling and placing an informational kiosk and planting wildflower seed for a 1/2 acre pollinator plot in the Verona State Game Area in Huron County. Verona State Game Area is located near the tip of Michigan’s “thumb.” In a landscape dominated by…

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