Category Archives: Natural Resources

DNR offers fishing and backpacking workshops for women

Locals and tourists alike are drawn to the natural beauty of northern Michigan and a Department of Natural Resources program is trying to introduce more women to the outdoors.

The program is called “Becoming An Outdoors Woman.” The goal to teach women outdoor skills for backpacking, hunting, fishing and other related activities. Read more

DNR is offering a reward in Montmorency County elk poaching cold-case

DNR officials are kicking off elk season by asking for the public’s help to track down a poacher.

The case happened last December in Montmorency County.

Debbie Munson Badini is a spokesperson for the DNR.
She said the head and antlers of an elk were taken as a trophy, but the rest of the animal was left behind. Read more

University research project takes to the sky to help threatened Great Lakes species


Pitcher's Thistle.  Photo by Steve Jessmore. CMU

Pitcher’s Thistle. Photo by Steve Jessmore. CMU

A rare plant species that calls the Great Lakes Region home is now getting attention from researchers; from up in the air.

Researchers are using the technology to map where the Pitcher’s thistle plant lives. It’s something officials typically do by counting in person. One by one. Read more

State Parks hosting “Threatened and Endangered Species Week”

Piping Plover.

Piping Plover.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, how about taking some time to learn about piping plovers or pitcher’s thistle.

Michigan state parks are wrapping up “Threatened and Endangered Species Week”. The week is intended to raise awareness of Michigan flora and fauna in trouble. Read more

Declining Wood Turtle populations lead researchers to take eggs from nests

It’s usually a bad thing to take baby animals out of the wild, but that is just what one instructor has been doing to help Michigan turtles.

Wood Turtle populations in Michigan have long been struggling. Officials say because of natural, and human factors.

Jim Harding is with MSU’s Zoology Department. He has been taking eggs from nesting sites as part of his research to givie them a headstart so they can avoid predators early on. Read more