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Bird of the Week: Marsh Wren

October 4, 2022 A hidden voice of the marsh, this diminutive but feisty ball of feathers is more often heard than seen. The boisterous males sing incessantly, often spending up to twenty minutes blurting out their loud and chaotic mixture of buzzes and burbles every…

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Metroparks Improving Access to Paddling Along the Huron River and Healing Its Headwaters

Thanks to over $500,000 in grant funding, Metroparks will provide launch site renovations and remove invasive species along the National Huron River Water Trail [Huron River, Mich.] – The Huron River is a national water trail encompassing 104-miles of inland paddling and picturesque exploring. From…

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Living Fossils: Lake Sturgeon

A living fossil making a Great Lakes comeback, September 28, 2022 Imagine a fish that reaches lengths of almost seven feet and a weight of nearly 200 pounds. Instead of scales, this fish is covered with hard plates of armor-like skin. Females of this species…

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Bird of the Week: Cape May Warbler

September 26, 2022  This small, tiger striped warbler lives an incredible double life: it winters in the Caribbean where it inhabits a variety of trees, and during the summer breeding season heads for northern boreal forests where it specifically nests and feeds in mature spruce…

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Everyone in the pool!

Metroparks partnered with Organizations in Southeast Michigan to teach kids how to swim. Your Metroparks are committed to improving water safety so that all Michiganders can safely and confidently enjoy the pools, lakes and rivers our state has to offer. Every summer, more than 25…

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Bird of the Week: Northern Parula

September 20,2022 September signals the start of fall warbler migration in southeast Michigan, so now is your chance to spot this week’s Bird of the Week, the Northern Parula, and many other warblers on the long southern flight to their wintering grounds in Mexico, South…

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Living Fossils: Horsetail Fern

September 14, 2022-Mike Broughton, Community Outreach Interpreter Spend any time on the trails in the Metroparks and you have probably seen this plant. A “living fossil” horsetail is related to large, tree-like plants that thrived 400 million years ago during the Paleozoic era. A close…

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Bird of the Week: Nashville Warbler

September 12, 2022 “Sipa sipa sipa sipa tea-tea-tea-tea!” The endearing song of the Nashville Warbler, this week’s Bird of the Week, can be heard across the state during spring and fall migration in May and September. With a small body that is yellow underneath, green/grey…

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Pedal on, Scouts! – The Metroparks Teach Bike Safety to Local Scouts Groups

Your Huron-Clinton Metroparks encourages all bikers to ride safely – and ride often. Biking is a great way to stay active and enjoy all the beauty that nature has to offer, and recently our staff partnered - with scout programs to teach bike safety and…

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Maintaining Water Quality: A Tough Job and Everyone’s Got To Do It

September 7, 2022-Erin Parker, Interpretive Services Supervisor Boil water advisories. E. coli counts closing swimming beaches. Droughts. Floodwater. Water concerns are in the news, both locally and globally, all the time. Often the term “water quality” is part of the story. But what is water…

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