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The Fiery Fix

February 28, 2024 By: Alexis Olechowski, Interpreter Fire, often conjuring images of devastation and ruin, embodies a dual nature. While wildfires undoubtedly carry significant risks, especially in the face of climate change, certain ecosystems depend on these flames to maintain their delicate equilibrium. Indeed, wildfires…

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Rain Gardens – Putting Your Yard to Work for You (And Your Community)!

February 21, 2024 By Jill Martin, Interpretive Services Supervisor   Think back to the last time it rained, how did you feel? Were you pleased that the grass was being watered, or were you concerned about flooding on your sidewalk, driveway, or maybe even basement?…

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Wildlife Courtship- the good, the bad, and the truly bizarre

February 14, 2024 By Paul Cypher, Park Interpreter Most of us have been there – high school.  Say what you will, but a tried-and-true moment is the high school dance.  Prom, homecoming, Sadie Hawkins…names don’t matter. At some point, somebody has to muster the guts…

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World Wetlands Day: Protecting Our Wetlands

February 2, 2024 By Steve Dishman, Interpreter February 2nd marks World Wetlands Day. World Wetlands Day was first celebrated in 1997 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The convention, held in 1971, met to designate vital wetlands globally and protect…

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Salty roads, salty waterways: reducing salt use in winter 

January 31, 2024 By Erin Parker, Interpretive Services Supervisor Michigan’s salty season has arrived with ice, snow, and a challenging combination of bitterly cold, and even warm, wet temperatures making our roadways and pedestrian pathways slick and potentially dangerous. Along with plowing and shoveling, salt…

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Metroparks Announces First Formal Climate Action Plan

January 23, 2024 Metroparks shares their new Climate Action Plan that highlights the concerns and feedback received from the community and the five key goal areas they will focus efforts on over the next five years. In recent years, Michiganders have experienced climate events unlike…

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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 far from mundane. Some of…

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Climate Action at Home: Consider our use of plastic  

January 17, 2024 By Jolene Weick, Park Interpreter The suggestion that something might last forever is a bit absurd. Shakespeare said it, “forever and a day”, Peter Pan lives it as an immortal boy, and Jay-z sang it “Young Forever”. These are all works of…

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Connecting with the past through scat, tracks, and signs.

January 10, 2024 by Ali Groulx, park interpreter There is a bit of a walk from the parking lot to the Kensington Nature Center. Normally, this is something I cherish, looking out for wildlife as I head down the paved path that intersects Kingfisher’s Lagoon…

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Climate Actions at Home: Resolve to have a greener 2024

January 3, 2024 By Erin Parker, Interpretive Services Supervisor As the winter holidays come to a close and we start looking forward to 2024, perhaps some of us are considering ways that we can live more sustainably in the New Year. January is a great…

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