A mere 1/8-inch long, the New Zealand mudsnail is barely distinguishable from a grain of sand, but over time its invasive habits can affect the quality and quantity of trout and other fish in the Au Sable, Pere Marquette and Boardman rivers where it has been found.
The agency has plenty of second- and even third-generation representatives of families who have followed the family tradition.
The class will take the novice angler through rod and reel selection, rigging and presentation techniques, and natural history tips about walleye in Saginaw Bay.
With more than 200,000 wild turkeys and an annual harvest of 30,000 birds, Michigan is one of the top states in the country for spring turkey hunting.
Walleyes in one of northern Wisconsin’s most popular fisheries are in trouble, now numbering an estimated 2,000 fish, which is down from about 13,000 in 1990.
Hundreds of volunteers are needed to stand guard along the Black River during the spawning season, from mid-April through early June, to report any suspicious activity and deter the unlawful take of this iconic fish.
Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State University Extension, the U. S. Geological Survey’s Great Lakes Science Center, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research, and local fishery organizations will participate in several regional workshops the next two months highlighting research and information about the fisheries.
Opportunities for wildlife watchers to participate in a spring birding tours continue through the end of April.
This annual stocking activity uses unneeded brown and rainbow trout broodstock from Michigan’s state fish hatcheries.
Migratory birds, their nests and their eggs are protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and must be left alone. But there are rare times when humans can “intervene.”
Since 1968, the Little Manistee River weir has served as the sole source of winter-run steelhead eggs for fish hatcheries in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Yearling steelhead produced through hatchery operations are stocked in select tributaries of all the Great Lakes.
Opportunities to explore Michigan on trails don’t stop with hiking – there are trails for a variety of outdoor interests, including biking and mountain biking trails, equestrian trails, water trails and off-road vehicle trails.
In-depth fishing, hunting, outdoor recreation classes offered throughout the year.
Includes an overall increase in available tags for 2017-18 seasons in both Upper and Lower Peninsulas, as well as a ban on chocolate in bait, an increase in nonresident licenses and other changes.
In the 2016 survey, 157,028 ducks, 33,468 geese and 5,896 swans were observed. Goose observations increased in 2017, while duck observations were down about 5 percent and swan observations down 13 percent.
Annually, the DNR tests thousands of white-tailed deer for bovine TB statewide. Due to this new steer finding, hunters within the 3-mile radius of this facility will be asked to voluntarily submit their deer heads for TB testing. This increased surveillance effort is planned to ensure the disease has not spilled over into the deer population.
(Michigan DNR)There’s an old saying that goes, “From tiny acorns grow mighty oaks.” In this case, it was maple trees and the seed that was planted was that of inspiration. Last March, Christian LeSage, a Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist, and his family went to Fenner Nature Center in Lansing for its annual Maple Syrup Festival. That glimpse into how sap…
The DNR plans to collect approximately 50 million walleye eggs from the fishery in 2017, resulting in 14 million fry for transfer to rearing ponds and direct fry plants throughout the Lower Peninsula.
The Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative is a competitive grant program designed to enhance deer habitat on non-state-managed lands in the U.P.
It’s important to remember that many species of wildlife hide their young for safety and that these babies are not abandoned. They simply have been hidden by their mother until she returns for them.
The tours – led by DNR Wildlife Division staff members, as well as volunteers from Ducks Unlimited and Audubon Clubs – may include a “sneak peek” driving tour into refuge areas that normally are closed.
At Hard Water School, cancellation allows for more classwork time, allowing the instructors to go into more depth and to explore some additional subjects that would not have otherwise made the agenda.
Following the transfer, muskellunge fishing opportunities on both Thornapple Lake and Lake Hudson should continue to be excellent due to their initial high densities.
Offers recognition of the men and women who serve in the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division.
The bear hunting application period is May 1 to June 1.
According to angler data collected by DNR creel clerks, coho harvest on Lake Michigan was 25 percent higher in 2016 than it was in 2015. Harvest is projected to be just as good, if not better, in 2017.