Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network

I want to give a shout-out to a site I’ve just discovered: Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network.  As part of the Michigan Invasive Species Coalition, NWMISN provides information and advice for “Protecting, enhancing, and promoting northwest Michigan’s natural communities through terrestrial invasive plant management and outreach.” The mission statement goes on... Read more

Edible Trails

At the Leelanau Conservancy’s DeYoung Natural Area along the TART trail, the Edible Trails project is brimming with enthusiasm. Those who ride by on their bikes or arrive from Cherry Bend Road will discover an edible food forest in the making. Volunteers are welcome to help plant or maintain a... Read more

Demonstrating Sustainable Forestry – Palmer Woods Forest Reserve

I encourage everyone to visit a truly wonderful site (which I just discovered) called Nature Change, Conversations about Conservation and Climate, which is “a new multimedia magazine developed by the Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) as a cooperative venture for regional nonprofit organizations involved in protecting and managing the lands and waters... Read more

2016 Underwater Photographer of the Year Winners

Some amazing photographs here of underwater scenes, including this one of the trout and duck, which reminded me of our wonderful LLLA logo. British Waters Compact WINNER: ‘Hello Ducky!’ by Paul Colley (UK) Whilst trying to photograph trout during a year-long river project with a home-made pole-cam, a raft of Mallard... Read more

Healthy Forests: Caring for our Trees Workshop

News Release Contact Person: Kama Ross, District Forester Leelanau, Benzie and Grand Traverse Conservation Districts 231-256-9783, kama.ross@macd.org Release Date: Immediate until March 10, 2016 Healthy Forests: Caring for our Trees Workshop Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016 Time: 9:00 – 12:00 p.m. Location: Boardman Nature Center, Grand Traverse Conservation District, 1450... Read more

Mushroom Mania, part 2

As the mild weather continues and many of us wonder whether winter will take place at all, the mushrooms continue to grow.  A few months ago I posted some pictures of the fabulous fungi to be found in our woods and meadows.   Here is an update of mushrooms from... Read more

After Apple Picking

It felt right for a Friday poem today, and this weather made me think of one of my favorites, “After Apple Picking”, by Robert Frost.  It’s a poem for the season, as we leave behind plenitude and cocoon ourselves up for the “long sleep” of winter.  “For I have had... Read more