Midland-Dow High Conservation Club Volunteers in the Gratiot-Saginaw SGA

Last weekend, a group of 18 volunteers including members from the Midland-Dow High Conservation Club, Boy Scouts from Troop 337, local hunters and trappers continued habitat maintenance in a wildlife opening in the Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area. Volunteers removed encroaching brush from the wildlife opening and stacked it into large brush piles for rabbitat. The habitat work in this area began with a project the same time last year, at which volunteers focused on building brush piles with the larger trees that had been cut from the opening and along the perimeter. There is still a good amount of brush to remove from the north end of the opening, but a lot of progress had been made towards the goal of the areas DNR Wildlife Technician, Chad Krumnauer, to plant the opening as a food plot for the areas whitetail deer, turkey, and other small game. Continue reading

How Will Future Generations Remember You?

The last chance for introducing MUCC conservation policy resolutions will be at the March 11 MUCC Conservation Policy Meeting at the Munising Township Hall in Wetmore, Michigan.  Continue reading

Bear and Waterfowl Regulations Discussed at the NRC Committee

Yesterday the Natural Resource Commission met in Lansing with a large public turnout.  As recommendations for the 2017 bear regulations were discussed and public appearances voiced concerns over CWD, it was by no means a short day! If you missed the meeting and would like to catch watch was said, check out the MUCC Facebook page where we streamed live at the NRC meeting, or read on to catch a glimpse of what happened!  Continue reading

Congressman Kildee Introduces Legislation to Ban Aquaculture in Great Lakes, Wild & Scenic Rivers

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), flanked by sports fishermen and conservationists at Red Fox Outfitters in Fenton, today announced that he has introduced new legislation in Congress to ban harmful aquaculture practices in both the Great Lakes and federally designated “Wild and Scenic Rivers,” which includes the Au Sable River. The new bills are part of Congressman Kildee’s continued efforts to protect the Great Lakes and Michigan’s rivers from pollution, disease and invasive species. Continue reading

Plant Trees for Wildlife Habitat with MUCC

Yesterday, I visited the Gourdneck State Game Area with DNR Wildlife Biologist Mark Mills and Brandon Thomas from Boy Scout Troop 253 of Vicksburg, MI to discuss plans for a tree planting project this spring. Brandon had attended fellow troop members Eagle Scout project just a few weeks ago and decided that he would like to complete his Eagle Scout Project with a wildlife habitat improvement event as well. Brandon’s Eagle Scout project is scheduled for April 15th and will involve planting 1,000 trees in a wildlife opening in the Gourdneck SGA. The variety of white cedar, white spruce, and fir species will provide thermal cover for the areas whitetail deer, turkey, small game and other wildlife. Continue reading

Bear Regulations and License Quotas up for Discussion this Week at the NRC Meeting

This Thursday February 9, the Natural Resources Commission will be hosting one of their meetings at the MSU Diagnostic Center beginning at 9am.  Starting at 1:00pm the NRC Policy Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries will be giving presentations on migratory game bird hunting seasons, and up for discussion are the bear regulations and license quotas. In an effort to stabilize bear regulations and quotas, reduce confusion, and enhance communications, the NRC and Wildlife Division agreed to begin a two-year regulatory cycle back in 2014. With those two years up, the Committee will be discussing the requests and considerations for regulation changes for the 2017 cycle. Read on for more information regarding those recommendations!!  Continue reading

MUCC Volunteers Enhance Hare Habitat in the Grayling State Forest

This past weekend, a group of 13 volunteers along with the DNR Wildlife Biologist, Brian Piccolo, and Wildlife Technician, Tim Riley continued efforts of restoring snowshoe hare habitat in the Grayling State Forest. The group covered close to 60 acres of lowland conifer type forest and hinge-cut over 350 trees to provide horizontal cover for the hares. Piccolo explained “the trees that are still attached to the stump 3 to 4 feet off the ground provide an area where the snow depth isn’t so deep and the hares will use this space to loaf around under as they move to and from food sources.” The types of trees targeted for this event were balsam fir and black spruce trees to provide optimal habitat along the stands edges and gap areas. Continue reading

Landowner Burn Workshop - Feb 18

If you are interested in planting grasslands, currently manage grasslands, or simply love learning more about habitat management... this event may be for you. On Saturday, February 18, Michigan Wildlife Cooperatives, in partnership with the Michigan Prescribed Burn Council is putting on a Landowner Burn Workshop. The cost of the event is $10 (goes up to $15 Monday Feb. 6). Continue reading

Michigan Out-of-Doors Update | Cooperation Needed to Deal with CWD

This is the weekly Michigan Out-of-Doors Update, sent to Michigan United Conservation Clubs members and supporters who sign up for email updates and provide a valid email address. To get timely hunting, fishing and conservation news delivered to your inbox, sign up for email updates and become a member of Michigan United Conservation Clubs if you're not already! Continue reading

Snowshoe Hare Habitat Restoration Continues in the Grayling State Forest

This weekend, MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Program will be heading to the Grayling State Forest to complete the annual snowshoe hare habitat restoration project. The area’s DNR Wildlife Biologist, Brian Piccolo, stated "Unfortunately, snowshoe hare populations have steadily declined over the past few decades, and research suggests that this decline is due partially to shorter winters and less snow cover due to climate change." Snowshoe hare have an adaptation that changes the color of their fur to better match their surroundings. This means that their brownish-cinnamon colored fur in the summer will molt- grow new, white fur- in the winter. With a lack of snow, their white fur stands out to predators, making them an easy target. One way we can help the declining snowshoe hare population is to provide better cover to help camouflage them in their habitat. Continue reading