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4:58 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

For Michigan Birds, Cold's OK, Snow's Sometimes Not

Trumpeter swans walk on the snow at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary near Augusta.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Lisa Duke stands by a lake at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary near Augusta. A variety of birds stand near the shore: mallard ducks, Canada geese and, much taller than everyone else, trumpeter swans. With mating season on the way, Duke says they’ve got moves to practice.

"The newer pairs, they do this head bob in unison. So they keep practicing their head bobs and calls together and it kind of reinforces that pair bond," she says while swans trumpet nearby.

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10:30 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Michigan Officials Say Heavy Snow and Ice May Result in Fish "Winterkills"

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Winterkill occurs during long, harsh winters, particularly in shallow lakes
This years severe winter has been tough on those living in Michigan, but it will most likely be even tougher on fish and wildlife. The Department of Natural Resources is reminding everyone that after the heavy ice and snow melts on Michigan lakes this winter, it may be common to discover groups of dead fish and other aquatic creatures.
6:54 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Barry County approves plan to kill entire mute swan population

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Birds have been deemed a nuisance, harmful to native species and the environment
BARRY COUNTY, MI - State wildlife officials will soon begin killing off Barry County's mute swan population after county leaders approved a five-year elimination plan. The Barry County Board of Commissioners voted recently to give state authorities unprecedented power to cull the swan, considered an invasive and dangerous species.
Environment
2:04 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

Bringing back ancient landscapes

Joseph MacIntosh clears brush at the Ft. Custer State Recreation area.
Credit Brian Petersen, WMUK

Listen to Brian Petersen's story about habitat restoration in southwest Michigan

Over the past several hundred years, southwest Michigan’s landscape has changed dramatically. But what did it look like before European colonization?

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