|On-the-Ground volunteer efforts are making a big difference
in habitat improvement Rabbits 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 School Ice 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 March Starting 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' exhibit With 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.
|2014 Black Lake sturgeon season wraps up quickly The 2014 sturgeon season on Black Lake lasted 82 minutes on Saturday, Feb. 1. When the cannon went off, alerting those on the ice to the end of the season, six sturgeon were speared, matching the state's recreational fishermen's allotment. The season might have ended quickly but it was a memorable experience for those who participated, as well as the crowds who gathered just to see what was going on.
|DNR fisheries technicians' critical work continues in winter Fisheries technicians are among the most visible Department of Natural Resources employees - spring, summer and fall - when they are out on the waterways, conducting surveys or working on habitat projects. But did you ever wonder what they do during the winter? They do plenty, finishing up the work they conducted during open-water season and making sure the gear is good to go for the next year.
• >>Showcasing Archive
• Ed Golder-DNR
• Debbie Munson Badini-DNR
• Brad Wurfel-DEQ
• DNR Segments from Q1 Buck Pole These short video segments from the Q1 Buck Pole televsion show cover a variety of DNR initiatives and other natural resources topics of interest.
• Explore Bowhunting A video about youth involvement in Michigan bowhunting.
• How Much Do You Know About Michigan's Civil War Battle Flags? Learn about Michigan's 3rd Infantry Regiment flag. Michigan Historical Center Director Sandra Clark and education staff member Eric Perkins explain the
history behind this particular flag from Grand Rapids, and explain why being the flag bearer came with some very big risks.
• Shields of Gold: DNR Conservation Officers This video montage, set to music, illustrates
the work DNR conservation officers perform in
the course of protecting Michigan's natural
resources and environment.