Nature

Environment
11:13 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Fifty years of salmon in Michigan

MSU Project FISH coordinator Mark Stephens
Credit http://msutoday.msu.edu/

Fall on Michigan’s waterways means it’s time for the salmon to spawn. Salmon can be found in many places, including the Red Cedar River and the Grand River.

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History
11:54 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Lake Superior agates remnants of Michigan's prehistory

Lake Superior agates in a display case.
Credit Flickr - Ryan Somma

We often presents stories of Michigan history, and this is one of our state's oldest. Before the existence of life on our planet, geologic forces were working to form the stuff of our world, the very earth beneath our feet. It's the passion of Lake Gitchee Gumee Museum of Agate and History director Karen Brzys.

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Environment
11:34 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Expert: Michigan mosquitoes 3x normal numbers this year

Credit Wiki Commons

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?

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Lifestyle & Recreation
2:30 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Finding balance in Lake Huron's fisheries

Credit Flickr - American Legacy Fishing Co.

About a decade ago, Lake Huron’s fishing game was not very abundant because of a steep decline in overall fish numbers. To see how the lake is doing now, Current State’s Melissa Benmark spoke with David Fielder, Fisheries Research Biologist for the Department of Natural Resources and a doctoral student at Michigan State University.

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Politics & Government
1:01 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Okemos fourth graders lobby for state amphibian

Northern Spring Peeper
Credit paherps.com, Bob Hamilton

Some elementary students in Okemos are wrapping up their school year with a crash course in political lobbying.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:38 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Local bird watching opportunities

Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR

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.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Morels: Hunting and cooking the spring delicacy

May marks the beginning of morel season in Michigan.
Credit Flickr

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. Current State spoke with Phil Tedeschi, President of the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club and Ruth Johnston, author of the book "The Art of Cooking Morels".

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:38 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Stargazers drawn to Michigan 'Dark Sky Park'

This month marks the three-year anniversary of Michigan's first International Dark Sky Park.
Credit Flickr

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 International Dark Sky Park.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:37 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Study links children's spirituality and the outdoors

Dr. Gretel Van Wiren
Credit http://msutoday.msu.edu

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 study indicates that there are benefits to outdoor free play besides the physical exercise.

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Environment
1:30 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

BWL falcons expecting

Baby falcons are on the way at the Board of Water and Light's Eckert electric generating plant.
Credit http://www.lbwl.com/falcon.aspx

There are many expecting parents around Mid-Michigan, but few will produce offspring as rare as Eckert and Viper’s. The peregrine falcons are waiting for three little ones to hatch, after nesting at the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s Eckert electric generating plant.

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Environment
2:01 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Volunteers guard Michigan's spawning sturgeon

"Sturgeon for Tomorrow" will be guarding the banks of the Black River from poachers to ensure that lake sturgeon will be able to spawn.
Credit Flickr - USFWSmidwest

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 in the state, are able to leave their homes in Black Lake and successfully spawn in the Black River. Why do the fish need guarding?

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Environment
12:12 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Fungus threatens Michigan's bat population

White nose syndrome has been detected in bats in 25 states.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Since 2006, a deadly bat fungus called white nose syndrome has spread its way throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada, decimating bat populations. This April, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed that the disease has been detected in Michigan.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
11:53 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Turkey love: Even birds need a wingman

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Here in mid-Michigan we’re finally starting to see signs of spring after the long winter. Current State’s Melissa Benmark has been enjoying the humor, and hopefulness, of a spring ritual she’s been witnessing in her back yard.

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Business
1:58 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Saranac syrup-maker sticks to tradition

Last year, John Smith produced 361 gallons of maple syrup, compared to 250 gallons this year.
Credit Flickr - Wigwam Jones

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.

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Environment
12:42 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

MSU Museum looks at 'Turtles in Trouble'

The exhibit runs through Sept. 21 in the MSU Museum's Art-Science-Creativity Gallery.
Credit Flickr - Alexandra MacKenzie

A new exhibit at the MSU Museum focuses on the plight of turtles around the world. “Turtles in Trouble” is meant to boost awareness of the impact humans have on turtles populations worldwide.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:30 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Paddling pioneer discusses life on the water

Janet Moreland completed the kayak journey alone, but made countless friends along the way.
Credit loveyourbigmuddy.com/

 

Last year, Janet Moreland 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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:37 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Rails to Trails network plans to connect Ionia and Owosso

Credit Flickr - Jetta Girl

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  five counties.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:58 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Outdoor winter fun not far away

Credit http://www.meridian.mi.us

The Great Lakes State celebrates our beautiful outdoors, and outdoor activities year-round.  Current State's Peter Whorf checked in late last week at Meridian Township’s Harris Nature Center to find out about upcoming events.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:23 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Lansing zoo plays role in saving endangered toad

Credit Flickr - Billy_J._Santiago

The Puerto Rican crested toad is endangered. At Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo, 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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:33 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Bee trends: Populations down, interest up?

Beekeeping is a growing pursuit in Michigan.
Credit Flickr - Bright Beehive

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.

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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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Hot Views
8:54 am
Tue November 12, 2013

WATCH: NATURE - Parrot Confidential

8 pm Wed., Nov. 13 on WKAR TV | 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. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:44 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Former state representative Meadows hikes the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail runs through 14 states and varies wildly in elevation.
Credit Flickr/Creative Commons

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.

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:45 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Fenner Nature Center

Fenner offers a variety of nature programs for children and teenagers.
Credit Flickr

This week, Neighbors In Action features Fenner Nature Center, which has been around for over 50 years.

Katie Woodhams, the center's program manager, and Nathan Martineau, a volunteer through Fenner's Youth Leadership Program, discuss the activities and resources Fenner offers the community. 

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:16 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Prowling for owls in the dark Michigan woods

The Harris Nature Center's "Owl Prowl" gives people of all ages the chance to spot an owl in Michigan's woods.
Credit John Hollingsworth (Wikimedia Commons)

Meridian Township’s Harris Nature Center offers a variety of winter evening tours, including walking tours, by snowshoe and by cross country skis.

WKAR’s 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.  

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu February 23, 2012

National Geographic Photographer Steve Winter Visits MSU

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.

Among his stops was a photography class, where he showed some of his pictures and videos.

Large cats have become his passion. His most recent story was about tigers.

Steve Winter 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.

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