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  • 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.

  • closeup photo of person's legs and feet walking in showshoes in forest DNR: Michigan's parks and trails offer great places to realize your New Year's fitness goals

    While New Year’s fitness resolutions often go by the wayside before the first flip of the calendar page, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources suggests a different approach to exercise that might help people stick with a healthier lifestyle beyond a few weeks – combining exercise with family and friends while they get outside and move. The DNR is encouraging Michigan residents to make 2016 #MiShoeYear and to put on their shoes, skis or skates to start getting fresh air fit.

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