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Declining Bird Populations Offer ‘Wake-Up Call’

In my backyard, the feeders are full. A downy woodpecker sits perched on the suet feeder.
Yellow Warbler Courtesy Jim Hudgins

Kirtland’s Warbler Focus Shifts From ‘Recovery to Conservation’

Federal officials announced last fall that Michigan’s rarest warbler, the Kirtland’s warbler, was removed from the federal Endangered Species List.
Beach in Bay City

Kudos for the Barrier Busters

An inspiring story in the fall issue of BLUE focused on the good work being done by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (gtrlc.org), providing universally accessible boardwalks and overlooks at Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve and the Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve. Each makes beautiful natural features and views accessible to those who are physically challenged in one way or another.
AuSable McKinley Rd Scenic Overlook

Wild and Scenic River Protection

If you want to fish for river-run salmon this fall or enjoy a canoe trip at the height of color, the U.S. Forest Service has a message for you: Pick up after yourself and keep the rivers clean.
James Rooks

Preserving Nature

Michigan Nature Association expands Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary to protect old-growth trees, wetlands.
Canoers stock photo

Protecting Rivers

Summer paddling can be a serene experience, an opportunity to commune with nature or an exciting challenge negotiating rapids or fast-moving currents on twisty streams.

Paddle On

Newly designated state water trails total more than 540 miles.
Duck swimming in pollution

A Sea of Plastic

Groups move to eliminate single-use plastics to benefit the environment and reduce risks.
Milligan Creek

Keeping Waters Clean

Huron Pines works with local communities to manage storm and seasonal runoff.
Kirtland's Warbler

No Longer Endangered?

Final decision of delisting Kirtland’s warblers is expected in 2019.




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