Wednesday, February 1st, 2023
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Rochester, Mich. — Are you interested in learning more about what winter stoneflies are and why river conservationists are looking for them in winter?

Join members of the Clinton River Watershed Council for its annual Winter Stonefly Search Training at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the CRWC office in Rochester Hills.

The annual Winter Stonefly Search begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.

Participants will meet at the CRWC Office (1115 W. Avon Road, Rochester Hills, 48309) before splitting to search for these unique macroinvertebrates.

Register via email to Pronoye Kapali at

New Episodes of Outdoor Channel’s “Wardens” start Dec. 30

Lansing — Ready for a closer look at the work of conservation officers, biologists, foresters, park employees, naturalists and many others who help conserve, protect and manage Michigan’s natural and cultural resources?

Set a reminder for Friday, Dec. 30, and a new season of “Wardens” – the Outdoor Channel’s TV show chronicling the lives of conservation officers in America since 2011.

This year’s episodes take viewers to locations across the state, including a walleye survey on Lake Gogebic, the Upper Peninsula’s largest natural inland lake; Hot Boat weekend at Hardy Dam on the Muskegon River; and waterfowl hunting in the Saginaw Bay area.

The Michigan DNR first partnered with the Outdoor Channel on production of the television series in 2016.

New episodes air on the Outdoor Channel Friday at 9:30 p.m., and then are repeated Saturday at 5:30 a.m., Sunday at 3:30 p.m., and Monday at 10:30 a.m. “Wardens” also continues to be available on WLUC FOX UP Sunday morning at 9:30.

Registration Open for Several Winter BOW Outings

Lansing — The Michigan DNR announced that registration is open for the annual February Becoming an Outdoors-Woman winter weekend event, as well as several smaller “Beyond BOW” activities.

The winter weekend, set for Feb. 24-26, 2023, is for women 18 and older who are seeking an opportunity to improve their outdoor skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere.

The BOW program is sponsored by the DNR and offers instruction in up to two dozen different types of indoor and outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, archery, winter camping and shelter building, ice fishing, fly tying, winter biking, wilderness first aid, wood burning, snowshoeing along with several new features, such as wild game preserving and canning.

In addition to the winter weekend event, three Beyond BOW outings are scheduled for early in 2023, as well as a film event at the Peter White Library in Marquette. These include:

• Do-it-yourself backcountry meals, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Marquette.

• Evening snowshoe hike, Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m., Marquette.

• Evening snowshoe hike, Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at 5:45 p.m., Marquette.

Contact Michelle Zellar at (517) 582-3854, or for more info.

Parks, Trails in 13 Counties to Share $1.9 Million in Recreation Passport Funding

Lansing — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan DNR announced nearly $2 million in Recreation Passport grants will be awarded to 14 communities for public recreation enhancement projects in Allegan, Alpena, Baraga, Benzie, Berrien, Delta, Eaton, Gladwin, Kent, Newaygo, Sanilac, St. Clair, and Wayne counties.

“Recreation Passports help more Michiganders explore Pure Michigan and secure critical resources to improve state, local, and community parks,” Whitmer said. “Michigan has always been a four-season recreation destination, and the enhancements made possible through Recreation Passport grants help ensure residents and visitors of all abilities can enjoy a rich variety of activities and experiences every day of the year.”

MBIA Announces 2023 Board of Directors, Officers

Commerce Twp., Mich. — Four marine businesspeople were elected to serve as directors of the Michigan Boating Industries Association, a statewide, non-profit marine trade association representing more than 350 marine businesses in Michigan.

Douglas Bergmann of Bergmann Marine in Charlevoix and Elizabeth Carney of Grand Bay Marine in Traverse City were elected as new directors.

Amy Krueger Malow of Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales in St. Clair Shores, and Warren Wolf of Wolf’s Marine in Benton Harbor were re-elected to serve as statewide directors. All will serve three-year terms.

Officers appointed for 2023 are: Tom Den Herder of Yacht Basin Marina in Holland as chairman; Amy Crouchman of Walstrom Marine in Harbor Springs as vice chair; and Pete Beauregard, Jr. of Colony Marine in St. Clair Shores as secretary/treasurer.

MBIA is the official, statewide marine industry association and voice of Michigan’s $7.8 billion marine industry.

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