Pileated Woodpecker: Michigan’s forest bird extraordinaire

by Jonathan Schechter February 01, 2016 Many secrets of the pileated woodpecker, the forest bird extraordinaire of Michigan, unfold during winter months, and so do dramatic photographic opportunities. With increased visibility after leaf-fall, coupled with audible...

Outdoor Safety and First Aid…

Bare facts on black bear conflicts: Be Bear Aware!   by Jonathan Schechter October 01, 2013 Twelve year old Abigail Wetherell’s jog in the woods of Wexford County last month became an overnight national news sensation. Media flocked to the lively story of...

Outdoor Safety And First Aid…

Eastern Massasauga in the sultry heat of summer! Massasauga rattlesnakes have the ability for lightning-fast, venom-packing strikes against beasts great and small. But on the rare occasion they use that ability against a human it is usually against the dominant hand...

Southern Michigan osprey population soars!

The Return Of The Osprey… Osprey once nested throughout the Great Lakes Region. That was before the era of DDT. DDT and other pesticides thinned the egg shells of this fish-eating raptor, decimating their population and all but stopping reproduction. By 1999...

SKUNKED!

Love-Weapons-Lies-First Aid Not getting sprayed in the first place is your best plan. But life is not simple: plans fail. By the time you read this, striped skunks have emerged from their wintering dens. At this very moment one may be pitter-pattering under your cabin...