‘Tis the Season – the ONLY Season – When It’s Safe to Prune Your Oaks!

(Click on photos to enlarge; hover cursor for captions.) Notice something odd about the three photos above? Right. They all show dead trees. And it turns out they are all Michigan oaks – in a neighborhood, in a park and in a natural area. Oak Wilt, an invasive fungus deadly to oaks, has killed these … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season – the ONLY Season – When It’s Safe to Prune Your Oaks!

HOLD IT! Don’t Prune or Wound that Oak Tree Right Now!

April 15 to July 15 is a crucial time each year for the survival of oaks (the genus Quercus). During this window, beetles can carry spores of the deadly oak wilt fungus (Ceratocystis fagacearum) to open wounds on oak trees. Once infected oak trees can die in a matter of weeks. Unfortunately, the disease can … Continue reading HOLD IT! Don’t Prune or Wound that Oak Tree Right Now!

Natural Areas Stewardship 2018 Annual Report

Wow! 2018 was another big year for the Natural Areas Stewardship program. We completed botanical inventories of several small parcels. The Land Preservation Millage was renewed for another 10-year term. Major invasive shrub control projects began at Bear Creek Nature Park, Blue Heron Environmental Area, Charles Ilsley Park, Paint Creek Heritage Area – Wet Prairie, … Continue reading Natural Areas Stewardship 2018 Annual Report

Event Archive

Descriptions of past events New Zealand Mud Snails: An Emerging Threat in the Great Lakes The Great Lakes region contains 20% of Earth’s freshwater, but this enormous ecosystem is threatened by aquatic non-native species. These non-native species have altered every level of the food web and reduced the diversity of native species. Annually, aquatic invasive … Continue reading Event Archive

THIS WEEK AT BEAR CREEK: A Golden Marsh, Frogs Meditate, Squirrels Munch and Mushrooms Arise!

This week we’ll leave the sunny Old Fields and spend more time in the north of the park where there’s more water and shade.  The marsh, like so much of the park, is now full of gold as fall flowers bloom along its margins. The Canada Geese are starting to emerge from the reeds with … Continue reading THIS WEEK AT BEAR CREEK: A Golden Marsh, Frogs Meditate, Squirrels Munch and Mushrooms Arise!