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Wildflower Update

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (2)

      April is the month when things begin happening in our woodland wildflower garden.  Usually the first forbs to send up green leaves are the wild leeks.  The cut-leaved toothworts, spring beauties and Dutchman's breeches usually follow with the Dutchman's breeches developing the first buds which will eventually become flowers.  A few days ago our hepaticas sent up shoots that opened into fully-formed flowers - the first to flower this spring.  Recently t...

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Pileated Woodpecker Update

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

      Those interested in our pileated woodpecker visits will be happy to hear that the birds have become regular/established guests at our feeder arrangement!  Not only do we have a mature adult pair visiting on a regular basis, but at least one sub-adult individual has taken advantage of the suet snacks.  In addition to visiting the suet cage on the top of our main upright support beam, they have included the nearby hanging log feeder in their landings.  They s...

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Michigan Wolf Management

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (4)

      As many of you know, Michigan held its first wolf hunt in late 2013.  Although less wolves were harvested than what the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) had hoped for, they deemed the hunt a "success" due to the fact that the culling operation went smoothly and a number of problem wolves in key areas were removed resulting in a reduction of wolf/human conflicts coming from those particular areas.  

      I was disappointed tha...

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Brutal winter/land restoration

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (1)

    This has been a brutal Michigan winter so far.  We've been long overdue for one.  The reality of the weather should suppress the efforts of local global warming alarmists!  :) The deer are sticking to defined, beaten-down trails in sheltered areas.  See a lot of them on the roads, where they can freely move about expending less energy, at night while I am driving.  

    Had finished a bunch of work on our native woodland wildflower "...

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Pileated Woodpeckers Arrive!

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

*Note:  This particular Blog category covering outdoor happenings on the Burns Family property has been named "Wildlife Way Journal" in recognition of the name given to our driveway leading to our 6-acre upland property.  

    After seven years of feeding birds on the Burns property we finally were rewarded with the visit of a pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) on our top suet feeder!  

    At 8 a.m. on Tuesday, February 18th of 2014, Amy w...

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