Michigan's Great Outdoors
- 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.
- 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.
- DNR fisheries technicians' critical work continues in winterFisheries 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.