General News

The Muskegon River Sturgeon Story

On Saturday, September 23rd, 112 dedicated friends of the Muskegon River gathered on her banks at Henning Park in Newaygo County to celebrate and release Sturgeon fry back into the Muskegon River by conducting a Traditional Sturgeon Release. Prior to the release ceremony a group of paddlers participated in the annual kayak paddle with the…
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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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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 the chance to get children out of their classrooms into the real-life world for some very meaningful life lessons. 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.