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In Michigan, Tree Check Month means looking for signs of invasive Asian longhorned beetle

Egg pits chewed by female Asian longhorned beetles may be one of the first signs of infestation. (Photo courtesy Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program)The U.S Department of Agriculture has declared August as national Tree Check Month – time to be on the lookout for invasive, destructive pests threatening Michigan’s urban and forest landscapes. The Michigan departments of Agriculture and Rural…

Black River sturgeon hatchery on display

(Michigan DNR)The Michigan DNR, Michigan State University, Tower-Kleber Limited Partnership and Sturgeon For Tomorrow will host sturgeon hatchery tours at the Black River facility northwest of Onaway Saturday, Aug. 19. Tours will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tours are free of charge. The hatchery is located in Cheboygan County on the Upper Black River adjacent to the Kleber…

DNR puts focus on invasive species in first week of August

Explorer guides provide outdoor education programming in Michigan state parks, including the upcoming STOP the Invasives Week Aug. 1-6. (Michigan DNR) The Michigan DNR will highlight the identification, management and impact of invasive species during “STOP the Invasives Week” in Michigan state parks Aug. 1-6. An invasive species is one that is not native and whose introduction causes harm, or is likely…

Michigan continues to step up habitat enhancement efforts that benefit pollinating insects

The Michigan DNR and many other organizations and individuals are working to increase habitat for vitally important pollinators like the monarch butterfly. (Michigan DNR)Pollinators, such as the monarch butterfly and the rusty patched bumble bee, listed in March as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, recently have made headlines due to declining populations, primarily from habitat loss….

Michigan focuses on early detection to battle invasives

Glenn Schmitt of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality surveys the extent of a parrot feather invasion in a creek in Jackson County. (Michigan DNR)Experts with the Michigan’s Invasive Species Program are ready. The program, a collaborative effort of the departments of Environmental Quality, Natural Resources, and Agriculture and Rural Development, relies on calls, emails and reports before springing into action…

Keeping Michigan’s black bears at a distance

(Michigan DNR)The Department of Natural Resources is asking Michigan residents to help keep the state’s up-north icon a wild animal by keeping bears at a distance. With many people – whether seasonal visitors or year-round residents – outdoors and enjoying northern Michigan in the summer months, removing bird feeders is an easy answer to bear problems. Michigan’s estimated black bear population is over 12,000…

Michigan releases draft plan to improve Lake Erie water control

Crafted by the departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, Environmental Quality, and Natural Resources, the plan aims to reduce the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie to help prevent persistent, intense algal blooms in the western part of Lake Erie, including those that are unsafe for people, and address low dissolved oxygen in the central basin of Lake Erie.