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Seed Swap Day

Whether you're into recycling or biodiversity or are just a thrifty gardener, what better way to spend a cold, dark weekend in January than exchanging seed on National Seed Swap Day.

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Bats Of The World At Seven Ponds This Weekend

Learn to identify the unique features of bats around the world such as echolocation, flight and feeding habits in Bats of the World at Seven Ponds Nature Center this Sunday (1/31) at 2 PM with the Organization For Bat Conservation.

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73rd Annual Lapeer Conservation District Meeting & Election

You're invited to attend the Lapeer Conservation District's annual meeting and election tonight (1/21) from 6:30 PM - 9 PM. Learn the basics of healthy soil in "Healthy Soil for Farm & Garden," take a look at entries in "Local Heroes - Your Hardworking Pollinators" poster contest and hear the winner announced, enjoy refreshments

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Lords of The Sky & Birds of A Feather At Birdseed Saturday

Check out live birds of prey, take a closer look at feathers and discover the wide variety of services they provide a bird with or get tips on attracting birds to your yard this winter at Seven Ponds Nature Center this Saturday (10/13) from 9 AM to 5 PM.

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Michigan Awarded Grant To Save The Monarch Butterfly

North American monarch butterflies are in trouble. Not one monarch butterfly was seen at the annual Seven Ponds Butterfly Count, for example. Their numbers have fallen so drastically they’re being considered for federal protection. Their decline coincides with the increased use of Roundup and increased acreage planted with Roundup Ready crops

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Forest Service Study Shows Over 12 Million Trees In CA's Nat'l Forest Have Died Due To State's Drought
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Urban and Community Forestry Program Grants Available

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the availability of applications for the 2015 DNR Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program. The grants are funded through the U.S. Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry Program.

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Meteors & S’mores

You're invited to spend a night under the stars this week (8/8 - 8/15) to view the annual Perseid Meteor Shower at state parks across Michigan. Several events during one of the brightest light shows visible in the northern hemisphere will feature astronomy presentations, movies at select parks, s'mores and more.

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First Cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Michigan Confirmed

Three free-ranging Canada goslings in Macomb County have tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N2. The announcement was made in a press release from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Michigan Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). Avian influenza is a virus that can infect both free-ranging and domestic poultry such as chickens, turkeys, quail and geese.

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Water Lily Wander & Pond Dipping

Plan on visiting Seven Ponds Nature Center on Sunday (6/7) at 2 PM for a Water Lily Wander. You’ll be seeking out two species of water lilies growing at Seven Ponds and discover their fascinating life history.

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David Letterman Says No To Fracking [VIDEO]

I just happened to see this video of David Letterman letting the world how he feels about Fracking for oil.

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2015 Earth Day Week: Twenty Tunes About Our Big, Beautiful Planet [VIDEO]

I’m wrapping-up Earth Day Week with a list of twenty of the best Earth Day songs ever including Joe Walsh’s 1992 solo album ‘Songs For A Dying Planet.’ He closes the record with a spare, two-minute plea, a metronome ticking in the background sounding like the Doomsday Clock counting down: "We’re killing everything that’s alive, And anyone who tries to deny it, Wears a tie, And gets paid to lie.”

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2015 Earth Day Week: Sierra Club Calls for Michigan Fracking Ban

A complete ban on high-volume, hydraulic fracturing in Michigan is needed to meet the challenge of climate change and avoid public health and environmental risks that led New York State to ban the risky practice, the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter recently announced.

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