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The Blandings Turtle

MUSINGS FROM MECOSTA:  THE BLANDINGS TURTLE By Lorrie Gillingham Murray Teaming with life, my little heart shaped pond in the heart of 22 acres near Dye Creek in Mecosta is host to  myriad species of reptiles and amphibians, not to mention the many mammals, birds, fish, and invertebrates that inhabit this little slice of heaven. …
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Ospreys

Unique among North American raptors for its diet of live fish and ability to dive into water to catch them, Ospreys are common sights soaring over shorelines, patrolling waterways, and standing on their huge stick nests, white heads gleaming. These large, rangy hawks do well around humans and have rebounded in numbers following the ban…
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Sturgeon Rescue

Rob Elliott is a fisheries biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. From his office near Green Bay Wisconsin, he helps look after native fish species across all of Lake Michigan. This fall he will travel to western Michigan to join several of his colleagues from the Michigan DNR, Little River Band of Ottawa…
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Fun Filled Lessons about Life!

Submitted by: Nancy Burmeister   One of the real pleasures of serving the MRWA on the education committee is the opportunity to relate to children through learning experiences. Spring offers an opportunity to get children out of their classrooms into the real-life world for some very meaningful educational opportunities. We have found water fairs are…
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Save Our Monarchs

When is the last time that you saw a monarch butterfly in a field or along a roadside? The iconic insect has become less and less visible which is causing many to ask why. According to the Save Our Monarchs Foundation, the monarch butterfly population has decreased by 90 percent in the last 15 years….
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Partners in Trash

Numbers do not lie and these figures point to a highly successful recycling effort in Mecosta County: Total recycling volume increased by 8 tons per month Three semi – trailers stuffed with discarded tires Two trailers filled with obsolete and broken electronic components Hours of operation increased to over 100 per month These results are…
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Word of Thanks

We would like to thank The Barryton Community Fire Department and Wade Caryl, Fork Township Supervisor, for watering the trees planted by 6th grade students from Chippewa Hills Intermediate School on June 2, 2017. The opportunity for the educational event for students was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service….
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A Paddler’s Perspective – Sturgeon Release

Help the Muskegon River and See a Traditional Sturgeon Release Sturgeon, are remarkable when you discover them in the Muskegon River. Recently, the Bridgeton Township Supervisor, Tony Alvesteffer, reported seeing an eight footer not far from the Bridgeton Boat Launch Park. He said, “I’ve seen plenty of Sturgeon in pictures and in tanks, but there…
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MRWA and Recycle Mecosta: Partners in Trash

      Numbers do not lie and these figures point to a highly successful recycling effort in Mecosta County: Total recycling volume increased by 8 tons per month Three semi – trailers stuffed with discarded tires Two trailers filled with obsolete and broken electronic components Hours of operation increased to over 100 per month…
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newaygo county events outdoors 2017 spring and summer

River Country Land and Water: A Series of Fortunate Events

The following events are for all who are interested in finding friendship, enjoyment and new ways to ensure the land and waters of River Country remain clean and beautiful. Global Youth Service Day  Saturday,  April 22, 9 am-1 pm Join Newaygo County Parks to plant trees at Sandy Beach Park (North of Hardy Dam just…
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