On-the-Ground volunteer efforts are making a big difference
in habitat improvementRabbits and other small creatures will have some new homes at Fulton State Game Area now that a handful of volunteers - working on a Michigan-On-the-Ground program - spent a Saturday building brush piles at the Kalamazoo County site. The program, a partnership between Michigan United Conservation Clubs and the Department of Natural Resources, recruits volunteers to help the DNR improve fish and wildlife habitat across the state.
Learning the basics of ice fishing at DNR's Hard Water SchoolIce fishermen will tell you it takes a career to learn the ins and outs of ice fishing, but you have to start somewhere. Recently a number of neophytes started their ice-angling education at the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center at the DNR ice-fishing clinic at William Mitchell State Park in Cadillac. The weekend event is one of a number of clinics that park interpreter Ed Shaw and his staff put on to help would-be hunters and anglers jump-start their outdoor pursuits.
New license options coming in MarchStarting Saturday, March 1, Michigan sportsmen and women will see changes to the state's hunting, fishing and ORV license options - a lineup that hadn't undergone real change since 1997. The changes are happening for good reason. The new license structure provides a simpler license-buying experience, brings Michigan's license options and prices in line with those of other states, and generates the revenue necessary to deliver the best in outdoor recreation opportunities.
Explore Michigan weather's history and influence at Michigan Historical Museum's 'Lake Effects' exhibitWith many Michiganders experiencing a winter that some say we haven't seen the likes of in more than three decades, someone at the Michigan Historical Museum must have had a crystal ball when planning the current exhibit, "Lake Effects: Exploring Michigan Weather." The exhibit (which opened in October and runs into August) explores not only how lake effects impact Michigan's climate, but also how the weather resulting from being surrounded by water has affected the state culturally, too.
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Showcasing the Department of Natural ResourcesThe DNR understands the importance of preserving and enhancing our strong outdoor heritage, and we are committed to making out door education a priority. Programs that interest women, youth and men may be found in the following articles. All are designed to help you learn more about Michigan's natural resources, in order to gain a greater appreciation of the great outdoors and have more fun in the process! Showcasing archive