Kalamazoo Nature Center

Visual Art
3:15 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Detail, Detail, Detail: What It's Like To Be A Science Illustrator

Paul Krieger sketching a red-tailed hawk from his iPad in his office at Grand Rapids Community College
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Most reference books aren’t the most exciting reads. After all, you don’t open up a textbook or encyclopedia to find riveting prose. But next time you have to look something up, take a minute to look at the artwork.

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WMUK News
12:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Volunteers Help Scientists Track Michigan's Butterflies

Some of the milkweed plants raised by Ilse Gebhard.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A report on how volunteers are helping to conserve butterflies

More than one species of butterfly has seen its numbers drop – in some cases plummet – in recent years. The monarch is doing better than some.

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Festivals, Food, & Nature
2:28 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

How This Winter Affects Your Pancakes, Maple Sugar Fest

Kalamazoo Nature Center Exhibits Coordinator Dave Brown shows the tour group that there's only a small amount of sap in the bucket.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

As you’re shoveling your driveway this weekend, you might fancy a hot plate of pancakes at a local diner. But if the winter cold keeps up, you might have to fight your neighbor for that last drop of maple syrup.

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Citizen Scientists
7:22 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

WSW: Encore Magazine Profiles Citizen Scientists

Lindsey Parkinson, an intern at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, releases a blue jay, after it was banded last fall
Credit Encore Magazine/Erik Holladay

WestSouthwest with Tiffany Fitzgerald

Writer Tiffany Fitzgerald examined some of the work being done by "citizen scientists" in Southwest Michigan. 

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WMUK News
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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