natural resources

12:06 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

MSU raising money to restore iconic polar bear

Darin McCullough and Dr. Scott Winterstein are working to restore this polar bear at the entrance to MSU's Natural Resources building.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

For decades, first time visitors to the Natural Resources building on the MSU campus have been startled by the guard keeping watch by the north doors. Standing nine feet tall and weighing 300 pounds, a huge polar bear stands frozen in time, in a menacing pose. Polar bears have been on the Endangered Species list since 2008, and though long dead, the MSU bear is once again in danger. The bear was killed in Barrow, Alaska in 1957. It’s showing some wear and needs to be repaired soon.

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11:53 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Volunteers lend an ear to track Michigan toads and frogs

In the natural world, it’s fair to say that if amphibians aren’t happy, then nobody’s happy. Frogs and toads are incredibly sensitive to water quality, and an upcoming volunteer survey in Michigan aims to check on amphibian well-being in the state.

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11:43 am
Mon December 22, 2014

DNR gives update on wolves, moose and cougars (oh my!)

Credit Flickr - Ray Dumas

Last week, a Michigan-made home video created a stir on the internet, particularly among animal lovers. It showed a pair of adult moose in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula being fed through the window of a cabin. According to Mlive, the resident says the moose have begun appearing daily, apparently expecting to be fed. The video offers a fascinating, close-up view of these extraordinary animals in or near the wild.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:27 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Minnesota's second wolf hunt offers lessons for Michigan

This wolf was photographed north of Marquette, Michigan.
Credit Flickr - Mikel Classen

After a year filled with controversy, Michigan will hold it’s first wolf hunt in nearly 40 years.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:33 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Rock keyboard legend Chuck Leavell talks sustainability and growth models

Known for his music and keyboard work, Chuck Leavell will join the Rolling Stones on this years 50 & Counting Tour.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The U.S population is expected to increase by 90 million in the next 30 years. According to the book  "Growing a Better America: Smart, Strong, Sustainable,"  now is the time for the Untied State’s to plan for that growth.  The books author,  Chuck Leveall,  is a conservationist, confounder of the Mother Nature Network,  tree farm owner and rock-n- roll star. He’s toured with Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, George Harrison and many others. Leavell  discusses his thoughts on growth models, conservation and music.

Radio Made in Michigan
6:30 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Current State #7 | January 22, 2013

Last December, Governor Rick Snyder signed Public Act 520, which empowers the state's Natural Resources Commission to institute a wolf hunting season.
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On today's Current State: A report card for Michigan charter schools, wolf hunting, the Detroit auto show, MSU hockey and the secrets to a happy marriage.

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