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Syrup Season & Climate Change

January 18, 2023 By: Steve Dishman, Interpreter, Lake St. Clair Metropark To some, the end of winter signals the arrival of migrating birds. Or perhaps the awakening of reptiles, amphibians, and some mammals from hibernation. And to others, it means…

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Where Did All the Snakes Go?

January 11, 2023 By: Samantha Volz - Park Interpreter  Winter adaptations: reptiles and amphibians   Many of us have long forgotten the reptiles and amphibians of summer but believe it or not, winter is a perfect time of year to…

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Bird of the Week: Snow Bunting

December 26, 2022 Look to open grassland, farm fields, lake shores and the edges of rural roads during the cold winter months to find this week’s Bird of the Week, the Snow Bunting. Summering in the arctic tundra of northern…

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Bird of the Week: Bonparte’s Gull

December 19, 2022 Breeding in the boreal forest of Canada and northern Alaska, the Bonaparte’s Gull is a migrant and winter visitor to Michigan. You can often find them foraging for food over open water above lakes and rivers, most…

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Bird of the Week: Common Goldeneye

December 5, 2022 Theia Calidris Winter is on its way and so is the Common Goldeneye.  These diving ducks spend their summers on the lakes and rivers of the taiga across the northern reaches of North America, Scotland, Scandinavia, the…

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Wild Wednesday: Turkey Tail Fungus

November 30, 2022 Erika Van Kirk, Interpreter The Other Turkey, Turkey Tail Fungus Since this mushroom shares a name with something else that might be on our minds in the month of November, it’s worth looking at what it has…

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Bird of the Week: Hooded Merganser

November 28, 2022  If Michigan were to ever select a state waterfowl, the Hooded Merganser would be an excellent candidate. Although this elegant bird can be found across most of the United States and southern Canada, the largest population numbers…

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