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Speedy Snake Identification: The Blue Racer [VIDEO]

Whether you're a hunter, a wildlife enthusiast or just someone who enjoys an occasional walk in the woods, this Michigan DNR 60-Second Snakes video will help you properly identify the Blue Racer should you ever come across this species in your travels.

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Lapeer Days Festival 2015

Lapeer County's premiere Free festival is going on this weekend. Lapeer Days is enjoyed by family, friends and neighbors. Over 150,000 festival goers each year.

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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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Starry, Starry Night [VIDEO]

The Perseid meteor shower peaked this morning but you still have a chance to see it. A good number of meteors should be visible through August 24 although you’ll see fewer after the peak. With the New Moon tomorrow morning, you’ll have a near moonless night tonight without moonlight to interfere with your viewing. The best hours are 11 PM – 4:30 AM EST.

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Canoe Strokes, Fossils & Chilling Stories of Yesteryear

Want to perfect your J-stroke, search for fossils or explore a prairie while hearing chilling stories of yesteryear? You can do it all at Seven Ponds Nature Center. Hone your canoeing skills at an Adult Canoe Clinic this Saturday (8/15) from 10 AM – 4 PM. Adults only. Space is limited.

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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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DNR Arrests Four Michigan Residents on Charges Related to Buying and Selling of Black Bear Parts

Some cultures around the world cruelly exploit bears for their internal organs but right here in Michigan? Michigan residents Tuan Hoa Pham, Hoang Linh-Duy Tran, Hoa Trung Huynh and Hieu Van Hoang have been arrested on charges related to the buying and selling of black bear parts the DNR announced last week.

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Trevor Rasmussen via YouTube
Trevor Rasmussen via YouTube
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Mountain Lion Crosses Hiker’s Path in Intense Stand Off [VIDEO-NSFW]

I love the outdoors, but I've never been much of a hiker. This is just one reason why.

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One Day Outdoor Extravaganza!

Get an early start tomorrow (8/8) at Ben’s Great Outdoors’ One Day Outdoor Extravaganza in Marlette from 10 AM – 4 PM. You’ll find everything from free door prizes every 10 minutes, $99 kayaks, a Dino Bounce House and free cancer screenings with Marlette Regional Hospital to a trail camera sale, product demos and free lunch from 12 PM – 2 PM

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@amieburkeabomb via Instagram
@amieburkeabomb via Instagram
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Fun Runs Are Fun, No Really, They Are

First, let me say that, I hate running. I really do, but I think I might be hooked on being active these days and I'm good with that.

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“Glamping”, It’s A Thing Now

Now, this is the kind of camping I can get behind.

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Butterfly Exhibition Opens At San Francisco's Conservatory Of Flowers
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Nature Journaling & Insect Sign at Seven Ponds

Spend an afternoon of nature journaling at Seven Ponds Nature Center in Dryden today (7/24) from 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Bring a journal and your favorite pen or pencil and color pencils if you like. You’ll spend your time inside sharing helpful tips and outside practicing what you’ve learned.

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