Nature http://wkar.org en Expert: Michigan mosquitoes 3x normal numbers this year http://wkar.org/post/expert-michigan-mosquitoes-3x-normal-numbers-year <p>If you live in Michigan it seems like every summer is a time to complain about the mosquitoes being really bad this year, but how bad are they, really? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:34:55 +0000 Melissa Benmark 55990 at http://wkar.org Expert: Michigan mosquitoes 3x normal numbers this year Finding balance in Lake Huron's fisheries http://wkar.org/post/finding-balance-lake-hurons-fisheries <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>About a decade ago,<a href="http://www.great-lakes.net/lakes/huron.html" target="_blank"> Lake Huron</a>’s fishing game was not very abundant because of a steep decline in overall fish numbers. To see how the lake is doing now, <em>Current State’s</em> Melissa Benmark spoke with David Fielder, Fisheries Research Biologist for the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr" target="_blank">Department of Natural Resources</a> and a doctoral student at Michigan State University. Thu, 29 May 2014 18:30:21 +0000 Melissa Benmark 54422 at http://wkar.org Finding balance in Lake Huron's fisheries Okemos fourth graders lobby for state amphibian http://wkar.org/post/okemos-fourth-graders-lobby-state-amphibian <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Some elementary students in Okemos are wrapping up their school year with a crash course in political lobbying. Thu, 22 May 2014 17:01:15 +0000 Kevin Lavery 54083 at http://wkar.org Okemos fourth graders lobby for state amphibian Local bird watching opportunities http://wkar.org/post/local-bird-watching-opportunities <p></p><p></p><p>May is an important month for birdwatchers. "Birdwatching in our Parks" is a series of walks presented by Meridian Township Parks and the Capitol Area Audobon Society. The final walk of the season takes place Sunday at 8 a.m. at the Davis Foster Preserve on North Van Atta Road. Thu, 22 May 2014 16:38:20 +0000 Peter Whorf 54081 at http://wkar.org Local bird watching opportunities Morels: Hunting and cooking the spring delicacy http://wkar.org/post/morels-hunting-and-cooking-spring-delicacy <p></p><p></p><p>During the month of May, a different type of hunter takes to the Michigan woods. Their prey is now low-lying honeycomb shaped fungi, morels. The woodlands mushroom is highly coveted by chefs and known for its unique taste. <em>Current State</em> spoke with Phil Tedeschi, President of the <a href="http://michiganmushroomhunters.org/Events/Public%20Events%20Forays.htm" target="_blank">Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club</a> and Ruth Johnston, author of the book <a href="http://www.press.umich.edu/3640374/art_of_cooking_morels" target="_blank">"The Art of Cooking Morels"</a>. Tue, 20 May 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Emanuele Berry & Mark Bashore 53962 at http://wkar.org Morels: Hunting and cooking the spring delicacy Stargazers drawn to Michigan 'Dark Sky Park' http://wkar.org/post/stargazers-drawn-michigan-dark-sky-park <p></p><p></p><p>Three years ago this month, a curious “first” unfolded in Michigan. That’s when a 600-acre county park just west of the Mackinac Bridge became our state’s first <a href="http://www.darksky.org/night-sky-conservation/dark-sky-parks" target="_blank">International Dark Sky Park</a>. Tue, 20 May 2014 16:38:10 +0000 Mark Bashore 53958 at http://wkar.org Stargazers drawn to Michigan 'Dark Sky Park' Study links children's spirituality and the outdoors http://wkar.org/post/study-links-childrens-spirituality-and-outdoors <p></p><p></p><p>With more daylight and the end of school, lots of kids will have the opportunity to play outdoors more in the coming weeks and months if they choose to. Outdoors time has decreased drastically for children. A new MSU <a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/playing-outside-could-make-kids-more-spiritual/" target="_blank">study</a> indicates that there are benefits to outdoor free play besides the physical exercise. Thu, 15 May 2014 17:37:54 +0000 Melissa Benmark 53736 at http://wkar.org Study links children's spirituality and the outdoors BWL falcons expecting http://wkar.org/post/bwl-falcons-expecting <p></p><p></p><p>There are many expecting parents around Mid-Michigan, but few will produce offspring as rare as Eckert and Viper’s. The <a href="http://www.lbwl.com/falcon.aspx" target="_blank">peregrine falcons</a> are waiting for three little ones to hatch, after nesting at the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s Eckert electric generating plant. Thu, 15 May 2014 17:30:47 +0000 Mark Bashore & Emanuele Berry 53734 at http://wkar.org BWL falcons expecting Volunteers guard Michigan's spawning sturgeon http://wkar.org/post/volunteers-guard-michigans-spawning-sturgeon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From now through early June, some volunteers will be standing guard over the Black River in Northern Michigan. They’ll be on the banks of the river making sure that the lake sturgeon, a rare and threatened species i</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">n th</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">e state, are able to leave their homes in Black Lake and successfully spawn in the Black River. Why do the fish need guarding?</span></p><p><strong> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:01:21 +0000 Melissa Benmark 52860 at http://wkar.org Volunteers guard Michigan's spawning sturgeon Fungus threatens Michigan's bat population http://wkar.org/post/fungus-threatens-michigans-bat-population <p></p><p></p><p>Since 2006, a deadly bat fungus called <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12150-246555--,00.html">white nose syndrome</a> has spread its way throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada, decimating bat populations. This April, the Michigan <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/">Department of Natural Resources </a>confirmed that the disease has been detected in Michigan. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:12:13 +0000 Mark Bashore & Emanuele Berry 52569 at http://wkar.org Fungus threatens Michigan's bat population Turkey love: Even birds need a wingman http://wkar.org/post/turkey-love-even-birds-need-wingman <p></p><p></p><p>Here in mid-Michigan we’re finally starting to see signs of spring after the long winter. <em>Current State’s</em> Melissa Benmark has been enjoying the humor, and hopefulness, of a spring ritual she’s been witnessing in her back yard.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:53:27 +0000 Melissa Benmark 52566 at http://wkar.org Turkey love: Even birds need a wingman Saranac syrup-maker sticks to tradition http://wkar.org/post/saranac-syrup-maker-sticks-tradition <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-abb90942-7573-e7bc-ae31-cd5be70881f1" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">As you drive west from Ionia, Michigan, you’ll come to the little town of Saranac. Its streets are lined with a bountiful number of large old maple trees. And this time of year, it’s not uncommon to see many of them with pails and spouts attached to collect sap for maple syrup. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:58:17 +0000 Melissa Benmark 52383 at http://wkar.org Saranac syrup-maker sticks to tradition MSU Museum looks at 'Turtles in Trouble' http://wkar.org/post/msu-museum-looks-turtles-trouble <p>A new exhibit at the <a href="http://museum.msu.edu/">MSU Museum</a> focuses on the plight of turtles around the world. <a href="http://museum.msu.edu/?q=node/1137">“Turtles in Trouble”</a> is meant to boost awareness of the impact humans have on turtles populations worldwide. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:42:59 +0000 Melissa Benmark 51633 at http://wkar.org MSU Museum looks at 'Turtles in Trouble' Paddling pioneer discusses life on the water http://wkar.org/post/paddling-pioneer-discusses-life-water <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 15px; line-height: 30px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Last year, <a href="http://loveyourbigmuddy.com/">Janet Moreland</a> became a legend in the world of kayaking. She became the first woman ever to solo paddle what’s called "Source to Sea," the full length of Missouri River-Mississippi River system, from Brower’s Spring, Montana to the Gulf of Mexico. The 38-hundred mile journey took almost eight months to complete.</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:30:41 +0000 Current State 50026 at http://wkar.org Paddling pioneer discusses life on the water Rails to Trails network plans to connect Ionia and Owosso http://wkar.org/post/rails-trails-network-plans-connect-ionia-and-owosso <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A long hike or bike ride on a warm Michigan spring day may seem like a long way off right now. However, plans are in the works to build a new trail line in mid-Michigan north of Lansing. Bids could go out as soon as next month to build a 42-mile trail on the site of an abandoned rail line from Owosso to Ionia. The project is part of a much larger plan that would create a sweeping 125-mile trail that would loop through parts of&nbsp; five counties. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:37:00 +0000 Current State 48548 at http://wkar.org Rails to Trails network plans to connect Ionia and Owosso Outdoor winter fun not far away http://wkar.org/post/outdoor-winter-fun-not-far-away <p></p><p></p><p>The Great Lakes State celebrates our beautiful outdoors, and outdoor activities year-round.&nbsp; <em>Current State's</em> Peter Whorf checked in late last week at Meridian Township’s <a href="http://www.meridian.mi.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&amp;SEC={C5697FB4-5ED2-4042-B837-973AB9F00E7B}">Harris Nature Center</a> to find out about upcoming events. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:58:16 +0000 Current State 47900 at http://wkar.org Outdoor winter fun not far away Lansing zoo plays role in saving endangered toad http://wkar.org/post/lansing-zoo-plays-role-saving-endangered-toad <p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.aza.org/prct/">Puerto Rican crested toad</a> is endangered. At Lansing’s <a href="http://www.potterparkzoo.org/">Potter Park Zoo</a>, officials are involved in a project to help save the toad from extinction. The Puerto Rican crested toad is a native species of toad that cannot be found anywhere else. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:23:11 +0000 Current State 46744 at http://wkar.org Lansing zoo plays role in saving endangered toad Bee trends: Populations down, interest up? http://wkar.org/post/bee-trends-populations-down-interest <p></p><p></p><p>With the start of Michigan’s sometimes eternal-seeming winter, many of us may be taking refuge in seed catalogs or planning for next summer’s gardens. There's something else you might see in an increasing number of yards: hives of bees. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:33:56 +0000 Current State 46456 at http://wkar.org Bee trends: Populations down, interest up? Minnesota's second wolf hunt offers lessons for Michigan http://wkar.org/post/minnesotas-second-wolf-hunt-offers-lessons-michigan <p></p><p></p><p>After a year filled with controversy, Michigan will hold it’s first wolf hunt in nearly 40 years. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:27:39 +0000 Current State 45346 at http://wkar.org Minnesota's second wolf hunt offers lessons for Michigan WATCH: NATURE - Parrot Confidential http://wkar.org/post/watch-nature-parrot-confidential <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(50, 51, 51);"><strong>8 pm Wed., Nov. 13 on WKAR TV</strong> | From the wilds of Costa Rica to the suburbs of our own country, NATURE explores the difficulties of raising parrots, why some breeders and owners become rescuers, and conservation efforts in the wild.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:54:43 +0000 Editor 45162 at http://wkar.org WATCH: NATURE - Parrot Confidential Former state representative Meadows hikes the Appalachian Trail http://wkar.org/post/former-state-representative-meadows-hikes-appalachian-trail <p></p><p></p><p>Former state representative Mark Meadows has been thinking about hiking the Appalachian Trail for decades. This summer, he did it … well, about half of its 2,200 miles.<br><br>Meadows started his south to north hike in Georgia in March, expecting warmer weather than the sub-freezing overnight lows he encountered during the first week. He stopped for the season after about 100 days, in Maryland, with his son by his side for part of the time. He hopes to complete the rest of the hike next year.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 20:44:41 +0000 Current State 40038 at http://wkar.org Former state representative Meadows hikes the Appalachian Trail Neighbors in Action: Fenner Nature Center http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-fenner-nature-center <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week,<em> Neighbors In Action</em> features </span><a href="http://www.mynaturecenter.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Fenner</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.mynaturecenter.org/"> Nature Center</a>, which has been around for over 50 years.</span></p></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Katie </span>Woodhams<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the center's program manager, and Nathan </span>Martineau<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a volunteer through&nbsp;</span>Fenner's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Youth Leadership Program, discuss the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;activities and resources </span>Fenner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> offers the community.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:45:30 +0000 Current State 37841 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: Fenner Nature Center Prowling for owls in the dark Michigan woods http://wkar.org/post/prowling-owls-dark-michigan-woods <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Meridian Township’s <a href="http://www.meridian.mi.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&amp;SEC={FBC5ABFD-E71E-4E91-9E51-561027533734}">Harris Nature Center</a> offers a variety of winter evening tours, including walking tours, by snowshoe and by cross country skis.</span></p><p><em>WKAR’s</em> Peter Whorf takes us on a recent Saturday night “Owl Prowl," where guided night tours through the Center's woods could lead to an owl-spotting. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:16:51 +0000 Peter Whorf 31074 at http://wkar.org Prowling for owls in the dark Michigan woods National Geographic Photographer Steve Winter Visits MSU http://wkar.org/post/national-geographic-photographer-steve-winter-visits-msu <p>National Geographic photographer Steve Winter visited Michigan State University this week to talk about shooting pictures for the world's leading nature and photography magazine. He told WKAR's Scott Pohl that after 20 years, most of his National Geographic stories come from his own ideas. Lots of research and legwork has to be done before he can go into the field.</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 05:00:01 +0000 Scott Pohl 12936 at http://wkar.org National Geographic Photographer Steve Winter Visits MSU