We tend to think there’s nothing like our Lake Michigan coastal dunes. Not so. Coastal dunes are found throughout the world, providing a wide variety of dune forms, shapes and ecosystems.
This summer, faculty and students from the Departments of Geologic and Environmental Sciences and Mathematics
Recently I was on the banks of the Pere Marquette River and noticed a familiar plant crawling from the earth – skunk cabbage. It’s one of the early risers from the banks of rivers and wetlands in West Michigan and beyond. The plant actually
In my previous job, working for a nonprofit in Northern Michigan, I lived on a dirt road ten miles outside of any population center. When walking outside at night, I was immersed in the inkiest black of night – until I looked skyward. Free of
Spring is the time of year when I take the chance to get back outside and renew my connection with nature especially after this past winter of little snow and not much cross-country skiing. I’ve discovered a new walking route that takes me along the
This morning I stopped by Saul Lake Bog Nature Preserve to prep for some upcoming fieldwork (we’re restoring more than 7 acres of prairie and savanna this year). As I stepped out of the truck, a primordial squawk from just overhead led me to pick
Each Spring, when Peter and Ginny Gustafson’s children were young, they gave a prize to the first child to hear the whip-poor-will make its endlessly repeated call. The fifty acres of the Gustafson property is a welcome refuge for bats and birds and many other
The following post is from guest blogger, Mary McKSchmidt. The post originally appeared on her blog where you can find more photos of the ice mountains.
When the first chill of winter settles like a mist upon my shoulders, I cannot remain indoors for fear of
After four years of faithful service and leadership at the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, Executive Director, Vaughn Maatman has announced his intention to retire in the summer of 2016, once his successor is in place.
“My years at the Land Conservancy stand out in my
The following post is from guest blogger, Alison Swan. The post originally appeared on her blog, Forage.
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Freshly fallen snow has a fragrance brighter than summer.
New snowflakes cut into the trail’s icy hardpack under your