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Holiday Hike Challenge Results!

This holiday season, many of you set out to find the big red holiday bows hanging on trees in 16 of our nature preserves. You travelled across West Michigan with your friends, family and pets and discovered gorgeous natural places—some for the first time!  A hearty thanks to everyone who participated in our Holiday Hike Challenge! Today we...

4 Eerie parasitic plants and where to find them

Happy Halloween! It’s that special time of year when we spend unusual amounts of time thinking about ghosts, goblins, skeletons, spiders, and creepy things in general.  We here at the Land Conservancy are no exception: Lately I’ve been thinking about parasites.  What’s a parasite, exactly?  In short, it’s a creature that lives on or in another organism, on which it feeds.  Lampreys, leeches,...

Protecting the forest beside the inland sea

Enchanted with a rare Lake Michigan lakeshore forest community, Douglas and Gretchen Paprocki devoted themselves to ensuring its permanent preservation. In 1986, Douglas Paprocki and his late wife Gretchen purchased a cottage on the Lake Michigan lakeshore. Much like today, it was at a time when water levels had reached historic...

How To Support Pollinators At Home

By Alexandra Sixt It’s summer, which means pool days, backyard barbecues, and . . . bugs! Yes, right around this time of the year, millions of bugs can be seen flying about, typically near flowers, and enjoying the warm summer sun. You may cringe at the...

Flower Creek Dunes Nature Preserve: What hope looks like to a bird

Volunteer Preserve Stewards Jill Henemyer and Dotti Clune share their experience caring for Flower Creek Dunes Nature Preserve and why they value this rich landscape. It doesn’t take much time at Flower Creek Dunes Nature Preserve to realize that it’s a very special place.  Dotti Clune and Jill Henemyer, who have volunteered...

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