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Tahquamenon preps to host campers

Tahquamenon preps to host campers

By Dan Hardenbrook After the long winter, the COVID-19 Crisis, and a state shutdown, the team at Tahquamenon is ready for the opening of the 2020 summer camping season. “It’s been a long time coming. We’ve been getting ready. Finishing up some last minute water...
Why I stomp on earthworms

Why I stomp on earthworms

By Bill Cook As a kid walking to school on rainy days, I would routinely pick-up nightcrawlers stranded on the pavement, and toss them back into a yard or roadside. Now, I stomp on them. While I don’t think that my heart has hardened against innocent animals, I’ve...
The monarchs are coming

The monarchs are coming

By Carol Stiffler They’re almost here. Monarch butterflies are on their annual migration up from Mexico, where they spent the winter packed together in oyamel fir trees, waiting for spring. According to the Journey North organization, which relies on human spotters to...
Hunting the elusive morel

Hunting the elusive morel

By Carol Stiffler Now that our tiny, encore winter is over, the weather is just right for morel mushrooms to appear on the forest floor. Popping up under last year’s leaves, the prized fungi are already luring people into the woods. Seney resident Johnny Bowler did a...
World’s oldest loons return to Seney

World’s oldest loons return to Seney

Over the weekend our friends Laura Wong and Larry McGahey biked into the refuge and confirmed the return of the two oldest documented Common Loons on the planet. The male, called the ABJ, was banded as a young refuge chick in 1987, and thus his age is known precisely:...
Tahquamenon taking proper precautions

Tahquamenon taking proper precautions

By Dan Hardenbrook One of the few activities that is actually being encouraged during Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order is getting outside. Walking, hiking, running, and biking, as well as walking your pets were among items listed as...