Last weekend’s weather couldn’t stop volunteers with MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Program from improving wildlife habitat on public land. A group of fifteen volunteers met at the Allegan State Game Area to remove a half mile of wire fencing between an open field and a pine-oak stand. This fencing was acting as a barrier between a grazing field and essential cover for the areas whitetail deer. There was one small opening in the half mile stretch of fencing that was very clearly used as a passage way. Volunteers also built eight new brush piles along the field edge to provide cover for cottontail rabbits and other small game. The group worked well together and made quick work of the fencing removal portion of the project and everyone was able to make it home safely before severe winds came through the area.
by Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC
Saturday was a neat day for me. Bacon Creek Cooperative held their second annual cooperative meeting. What makes this special, is that this is the first cooperative I helped start in my formal role as the Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator with MUCC. Jeffery Antes has done a great job communicating with his neighbors and helping equip them to increase their ability to manage their local wildlife. To make matters more exciting, I also out ran a severe storm when I left this event, and found out later that day that the meeting location was just a mile away from where a tornado touched down. Fortunately, there doesn't seem to be any serious damage from that particular twister.