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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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Wild Wednesday: American Elderberry

November 2, 2022 Theia Calidris, Interpreter As evening approaches, I find myself resting in the shade of a Basswood tree near a small stream cutting through a nature preserve.  Damselflies battle amongst themselves for territory nearby, and rest on the…

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Wild Wednesday: Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

by Samantha Volz October 26, 2022  As you take a stroll around the pond you notice what looks like a colorful butterfly fluttering by, or perhaps a tiny jack-o-lantern…or maybe it was just the Halloween Pennant Dragonfly. Pennant dragonflies are…

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Wild Wednesday: Candy-striped Leafhopper

October 19, 2022 Theia Calidris, Interpreter It’s a sunny day in the garden as I work my way around the flower beds and fight with the water hose as I water my plants.  A splash of color catches my attention;…

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Wild Wednesday: The Jack-o’-Lantern Fungus

October 5, 2022 Erika Van Kirk, Interpreter It’s a crisp fall day in Michigan and you find yourself walking along a forested trail. Something in your periphery catches your eye. It’s bright, orange, and round. Your brain tries to assign…

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