Kalamazoo Nature Center

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The sun did shine Wednesday as the Kalamazoo Nature Center unveiled a new set of solar panels. The Kalamazoo nonprofit is now set to meet about a third of its energy needs with a renewable resource.

Karen Douglas / Kalamazoo Nature Center

The Kalamazoo Nature Center unveils a new solar panel array Wednesday to mark the summer solstice. The panels generate a third of the power needed to run the Nature Center. 

Ekabhishek, Wikimedia Commons

The director of the Michigan Butterfly Network says that butterflies can be an indicator of the overall health of an ecosystem. Ashley Wick says that’s why they are seeking citizen scientists to track butterflies in the Kalamazoo area and statewide. 

Joan M. Porcaro takes different shots of a fallen tree's roots
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Joan M. Porcaro started taking photos about 30 years ago, around the same time she started her career as an emergency room trauma nurse.

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- Philanthropist Jon Stryker has donated 22 acres along the west fork of Portage Creek in Kalamazoo to the Kalamazoo Nature Center, as well as up to $700,000 to help develop the land as part of a $1.4 million environmental educational project." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)