Did You Know that the Sea Lamprey is one of the oldest invasive species in the Great Lakes? Discovered in Lake Ontario in 1835, it now lives in all 5 lakes. Like many other successful invasives, it has no native predators to stop its spread. The international Great Lakes Fishery Commission reports significant sea lamprey population declines due […]
Look Out for Confused Waterfowl! Michigan’s DNR has reported that species such as the grebes, mergansers, and long-tailed ducks have been showing up in odd spots such as icy driveways, confusing them for inland open water bodies. Due to the placement of their feet, the birds cannot take off for flight on dry land and […]
Click Here for Information A one-day workshop by MSU to help eliminate energy costs on the farm.
Click here for details A conference on March 19, in Decatur, which focuses on cover crops and other methods to improve crop productivity.
The winter seems so harsh on the wild animals and it may be tempting to feed them, but before you do, click here to read an article that gives some light to this seemingly innocent and helpful approach with nature.
The DNR has grassland restoration funds at the State level to develop new or manage existing grasslands (not enrolled in Farm Bill programs). There will be speakers from the DNR, NRCS/USFWS talking about federal programs and a restoration specialist talking about how everything happens.
After winning 1st place at the county level, Josie VanderZwaag from Hamilton was the 3rd place winner in the state wide poster contest. This year’s theme was, “Where Does Your Water Shed?” The poster contest is open to all students who will be entering Kindergarten through 12th grade, with prizes for different age groups. The […]
News release from USDA NRCS Applications for Conservation Stewardship Program due Jan. 17 Popular Farm Bill conservation program seeks producer participation WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for new enrollments for federal fiscal year 2014. Starting today through Jan. […]
We all live in a “watershed”. No matter where you are, the land under your feet drains to a ditch, stream, river or pond whenever there is a rain storm or snow melt. A watershed is all of the land that drains into a common body of water. Picture a funnel—anything that you put into […]