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  • Two students show each other nature photos taken on cellphones at the Spring Hill School Forest. School forests provide valuable legacy of learning

    Forests can be a lot of things, depending on one’s perspective – even a classroom. The state’s school forest program, which began back in the 1920s, provides outdoors classrooms that offer unique opportunities for teachers and students to learn and find inspiration in nature.

  • USDA biologist Aaron Bowden releases GPS transmitter-harnessed snowy owl at Waterloo Recreation Area DNR aids effort to study, help snowy owls

    People across Michigan this winter have been reporting an influx of snowy owls from their Arctic tundra home territory. The reason the owls unpredictably travel so far south is not well understood by biologists, but the behavior is linked to food supply, the number of chicks the owls produce in a given year and weather. The DNR’s Wildlife Disease Laboratory is helping researchers with “Project SNOWstorm” determine the potential environmental effects of the owls’ southward journeys.

  • two deer in forest with snow falling and snow on the ground What a difference a year makes

    With the effects of one of the strongest El Nino weather patterns on record – warmer Pacific Ocean waters producing atmospheric changes in weather thousands of miles away – this winter certainly is different than last. As a result, weather forecasters predict above-average temperatures and drier winter conditions across the northern tier of the country, including Michigan. DNR wildlife biologists have been fielding inquiries about how milder conditions might be affecting wildlife this winter.

  • Jason Myers, a Farm Bill biologist, holds up a pheasant he shot. His dog, Duke, watches intently.  DNR marks progress at halfway point in 10-year Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative

    A few years ago, when the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced it was putting together a coalition to rehabilitate pheasant hunting in Michigan, it assembled an impressive array of partners to address many of the problems that led to the declining fortunes of “ringnecks.” Now, halfway through the 10-year project, those involved in the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative say the program has made significant headway.

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