Field Guide: Winter 2022

Exploring Michigan: Tips, trends, and tidbits

Field Guide - Exploring Michigan: Tips, Trends, and Tidbits.

SONGBIRD THRIVES: Michigan’s popular Kirtland’s warbler population continues to flourish since its removal in 2019 from the federal list of endangered species, according to surveys conducted last summer by government agencies. Its global population was estimated at 2,245 pairs, which is more than double the 1,000-pair recovery goal for the species — which has been exceeded each of the past 20 years. The small birds build nests on the ground in young, dense stands of jack pine in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ontario. Their nesting habitat is created by harvesting mature jack pines and planting seedlings in logged areas.

TRAIL HONORS: Trenton was recently recognized as a Pure Michigan Trail Town by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Travel Michigan. For years, the city has been enhancing its four-season trail system, hiking and biking networks, access to the Detroit River American Heritage River Trail, and its connection to the Downriver Linked Greenways, part of the statewide Iron Belle Trail.

A FRESH LOOK: The updated Huron-Clinton Metroparks website offers a better user experience complete with new maps, photos, calendars, park activities, accessibility plug-ins, and more content. The 13-park system, which spans southeast Michigan, includes more than 25,000 acres of woods, water, and recreational facilities mainly along the Huron and Clinton rivers.

– Compiled by Ron Garbinski

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