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Harnessing the Potential of Lawns

April 17, 2024 By: Alexis Olechowski, Interpretive staff As you stroll through an American neighborhood, what catches your eye? Often, it's the sight of scattered trees and shrubs amid expansive, meticulously manicured lawns. Traditionally, these lawns have been pristine carpets…

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The Most Beneficial Gardener Is a Lazy One!

April 3, 2024 By: Alexis Olechowski, Park Interpreter As we gaze upon our frost-kissed gardens, tradition nudges us toward a fall cleanup and a “clean slate” come spring. But fret not, for here's your official approval to postpone! From leaf-raking…

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Snakes in the Snow

January 24, 2024 By Alexis Olechowski Michigan undergoes a captivating transformation into a winter wonderland as snow blankets its landscapes, and temperatures plummet to frigid levels. While some might associate this season with hibernation and stillness, the state's wildlife is…

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What’s a Grow Zone?

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks protects natural resources and actively stewards our impact on and relationship with the environment. One way our staff are improving natural habitats, improving stormwater management and providing some climate conscious benefits is by maintaining more park areas…

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Spring Phenology

April 19, 2023 Sam Volz, Park Interpreter Spring has officially sprung! It’s easy to see the signs of spring everywhere you look. Trees are beginning to bud, birds are singing away, and life is springing up all around us. We…

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Wild Wednesday: American Chestnut

November 16, 2022 Theia Calidris, Interpreter When Robert Wells penned ‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire’, he was likely referencing the American Chestnuts he’d savored as a child in Boston.  By the time Nat King Cole picked up the song…

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Bird of the Week: Northern Shoveler

November 14, 2022 If the Northern Shoveler’s bill doesn’t catch your eye, the male's blocky colors sure will, with its bright white chest, rusty sides, and green head it’s hard to miss. The female is no less interesting with a…

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Bird of the Week: Cooper’s Hawk

November 7, 2022 Take a close look at this pictured bird and try to identify it. If you are struggling, don’t worry, you are not alone! That is because this picture is of the Cooper’s Hawk who is known for…

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