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Spring and Robins

Spring and Robins

Is spring really on the way to Michigan?

Today David Pomper came into work reporting a Robin singing away in the shrubs just outside the front doors here at WZZM13.

Shortly after that Lucas Meschke arrived at work, so I asked him to go out and take a picture of the bird but the Robin just would not co-operate, instead, turning its’ back to Lucas. He got a shot but not as good as the picture I found to paste to this article.

This Robin gives us hope that spring cannot be far away.

Discover Millennium Park

Discover Millennium Park

The Kent/MSU Extension Master Naturalist program and Kent County Parks is sponsoring a free and fun discovery program for kids of all ages! Join us at Millennium Park's Hansen Nature Trail between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19.

Families will enjoy a nature experience together-learning about Millennium Park and its history while walking the Hansen Trail with staffed and guided docent stations.

For more information on this event and directions go to: www.stuckongardening.com

Blandford Nature Center Wildlife Rehab Blog - It's Egg Time!

Blandford Nature Center Wildlife Rehab Blog - It's Egg Time!

From: http://bncwildliferehab.wordpress.com/

It has been a quiet week in the rehab center where we’ve only received a milk snake that was found in someone’s basement, but our permanent residents deserve some of the spotlight this week.

If you have ever been to Blandford, chances are that you know about our little Romeo and Juliet love story. Of course I am talking about our resident female Great Horned Owl and her wild mate that hangs around. One of the first birds to start breeding, Great Horned owls will begin mating in late January to early February.  They will mate for life and lay a clutch of about 1 to 5 eggs.

Our female was found on the property not flying. Every year staff catch sightings of her mate and  have even found pieces of dead animals on top of her cage that he has left for her. For the past week or so she has been on the ground at the edge of the cage digging a spot...

John Ball Zoo presents Animal Adventures: Surviving in the Wild

John Ball Zoo presents Animal Adventures: Surviving in the Wild

Monday, January 30, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Frederik Meijer Gardens

Fee: $5 members, $7 non-members, ages 2 and younger free

Laugh at winter—join us for an evening of warmth and wonder as you discover fascinating things about animals and how they survive in their environments. Perfect for preschoolers, kindergartners and their families!

  • Meet four intriguing animals (mammal, reptile, bird, and amphibian).
  • See live animal presentations with zoo handlers, projected on a 20-foot screen.
  • Explore the tropical conservatory by flashlight.
  • Participate in fun activities including animal story time and animal art activities.
  • Have fun playing –What’s for dinner, Pop Up Peek-A-Boo, Frog Hop Along, Listen Up and more.

Space is limited. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Meijer Gardens at 974-5239 or John Ball Zoo at 336-4310. The deadline for each event is the Thursday prior to the event.

January events at the Blandford Nature Center

January events at the Blandford Nature Center

Owl Moon - 05 Jan 2012, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Listen to a winter classic tale about a boy and his grandfather's adventures during a night hike while sipping hot chocolate. After the story, take a guided hike to talk with owls. $5 members, $6 non-members.


Anishinaabe: Winter Life - 07 Jan 2012, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Winter can be a difficult time, even with modern conveniences. Come to Blandford and discover how the Native Americans of this area survived in the winter and have some fun in the process. $5 members, $6 non-members.


Winter Tracking - 14 Jan 2012, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Winter is a great time to learn the secrets of track identification. This interactive hike will get you moving and thinking like the wild creatures of the woods and give you skills to discover animals in your own backyard.$5 members, $6 non-members.

Evergreen Tree Spree at Blandford Nature Center

Evergreen Tree Spree at Blandford Nature Center

December 17th, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

It is winter in Michigan but that doesn't mean there is nothing to discover in the forest and fields at Blandford. Come and discover how the animals depend on evergreens in the winter. $3 per person, all ages.  Come dressed for the outdoors!

Visit blandfordnaturecenter.org for additional information.

Wooly Moth Forcaster?

Wooly Moth Forcaster?

I had a call at work this week from an elderly gentleman who said he had some advice for the weather department.

He said our weather department should not rely so much on modern technology but should look to the “Wooly Moth” for weather predictions.

He claims that according to the wooly moth’s coat, we will not have any snow for the first two months of winter. Winter officially begins on December 22nd this year, so it will be interesting to watch and see how close he is with his prediction.