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Michigan To Issue Bear Damage Permits Before Season Opener

July 26th, 2015

You could possibly get your Michigan black bear before season even opens, and it would all be legal. Starting this year the DNR will have the option to issue bear damage shooting permits for bears causing agricultural, horticultural, or apiary (beehive) damage. Any area open to bear hunting could see a potential for an early […]

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Flight of the Sphinx

July 23rd, 2015

Last summer I brought you some incredible views of a Spurge Sphinx caterpillar from Northern Michigan. Later in the month, after the leathery burrowed into the soil to complete its third stage of metamorphosis, I peeled back the moss to reveal the equally fascinating pupa at the end of the tunnel. The adult emerged last […]

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Michigan DNR Fish Restocking Efforts Pay Off

July 23rd, 2015

Michigan DNR Restocking Efforts A Boon To All Anglers More than 20 million fish stocked this spring means lots of opportunity for anglers in Michigan The Department of Natural Resources today announced the final totals from its spring fish-stocking efforts. DNR fisheries staff stocked a total of 20,099,988 fish that weighed more than 325 tons […]

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More tree frogs in our garden this year

July 21st, 2015

It sure seems like our garden has become a haven for baby tree frogs. Standing in one spot without having to move, I could see three of them. I’ve also seen a lot more hopping around in the yard. Tree frogs need water to reproduce, either permanent ponds or temporary pools of water. This wet […]

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Cedar Valley Golf Club A Jewel In The Woods!

July 20th, 2015

Several years ago my brother Randy and I stumbled onto the Cedar Valley Golf Course in Comins Michigan. We really liked the course layout, but it was in a gradual decline, as the owners were trying to sell it. We always got in several rounds of golf whenever we stayed at my place in Luzerne. […]

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Fighting Back Against Michigans Invasive Species

July 17th, 2015

Everyone who enjoys Michigans waters has a role to play to assist in protecting against AIS. Here are a few simple things you can do! Learn how to identify and report AIS If you equip yourself with the knowledge to properly identify AIS you can help the DNR discover threats. Check out newInvasive Species Alert […]

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Wet weather now may contribute to gnarly tomatoes later

July 15th, 2015

I don’t have to tell you we’ve had more rain than usual this gardening season in southeastern Michigan. Some locations, like my garden, have had significantly more rain than the official reporting stations because of localized heavy down pours. Don’tbe surprised if you see a higher proportion of misshapen tomatoes in your garden this year […]

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What Do the Skinka Do?

July 13th, 2015

The skinka the five-lined skinka to be precise do what it hasta do to stay alive and healthy. A big part of this survival strategy involves keeping the inside fires burning and because lizards like skinks dont have inside fires they depend largely upon the generosity of the sun. For them life is all […]

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Pain relievers carry higher risks

July 13th, 2015

Suddenly, many over-the-counter pain relievers don’t seem to be that safe anymore. The Food and Drug Administration recently decided to increase the consumer warning language on the labels of many non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) due to the increased risk of stroke or heart attack for users. NSAIDs are used to reduce fever temporarily or to […]

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Fishing Michigan

July 12th, 2015

So far this has been a banner year for the Ansel gang hauling in the fish! Had another successful day yesterday at our secret “glory hole,” as the grandkids and I had a blast. I landed my fourteenth (14th) bass of the year and to top even that, my 6-year-old grandson landed a 19 inch […]

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Mon-Roll: Bicycle to Beer

July 12th, 2015

There is an event in Detroit called Slow Roll. Every Monday night bike riders gather for a pedal through Detroit’s neighborhoods. I got me thinking, why can’t we do this in Monroe? We can! So Mon-Roll was created. We did add a slight twist so we included a stop for Michigan craft beer. So here’s […]

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Rainbow Trout Surprise

July 09th, 2015

What a fun-filled week we just spent at the cabin. We swam, spent time at the Traverse City Cherry Festival, did the zip line, fished, played cards (games,) and had some good eating. One of those days we caught 10 rainbow trout ranging in size from 10-16 inches. I decided to try a new recipe […]

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Luzerne vacation

July 05th, 2015

Been awhile since I blogged as we are vacationing at the cabin. Just relaxing with the family as we do all the things one can do in the north woods. Canoeing, 4- wheeling, fishing, and swimming to name a few. Oh I can’t forget eating. We are all off our diets for sure. seen a […]

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Courts Decide

July 03rd, 2015

The Supreme Court recently did what they are empowered to do make decisions based on their best interpretation of the constitution. The Constitution provides for an independent judiciary for a reason. We are a nation of laws where the power of the majority does not trump the rights of the minority. Our federal judges […]

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Woodpecker Watering Hole

July 02nd, 2015

Woodpeckers will come to earth, so to speak, for the purpose of getting liquid refreshment but many of them avoid this potentially dangerous trip by frequenting tree top watering holes. Certain shallow tree cavities regularly accumulate rainwater and serve nicely as natural reservoirs. One such drinking establishment exists on a Red Maple overhanging my shed […]

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Too much rain causes waterlogged garden soil

June 30th, 2015

Gardeners in our area are having to deal with unusual amounts of water in their gardens. The amount of water in the soil is more like what we would see in early spring after the snow melt rather than late June or early July. Driving around I see standing water all over our area with […]

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Moth mullein welcome in the garden

June 29th, 2015

There’s some new unexpected members to our garden family of plants this year. It is a group of moth mullein plants. I’m not really sure how they got there. I figure they most likely hitched a ride as seed in soil from some other plants that I transplanted from someone else’s garden a couple of […]

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A Midge with Mites Uponem

June 28th, 2015

A midge with mites upon em might be covered top to bottom. Though small the midges are, Their mites are tinier by far. Let me start out by saying that Chironomid Midges are not Mosquitoes. Similar looking to their blood-sucking dipteran cousins, they do not, and cannot, bite humans. I figure that knowing this will […]

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Turtle Island Dream Keepers 4th. Annual Pow-Wow

June 27th, 2015

I have been wanting to do this for years, and finally attended the Turtle Island dream Keepers 4th. annual Pow-Wow here at the Monroe county community college. The “Dream Keepers are a non-profit Native American organization that has hosted this event for educational purposes, and for an opportunity for intertribal gatherings. There were Odawa, Onandaga, […]

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West Nile Virus

June 26th, 2015

Most recently, three American crows in Ingham County tested positive for West Nile virus the states first report this year of the virus. West Nile virus is carried by birds, and has been known to be transmitted from bird to bird only by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a bird carrying […]

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