The Birds are Back in Town

The Birds are Back in Town By Marilyn Shy, Kalkaska Conservation District   They’re ba-a-a-ck! Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Sandhill Cranes all made their appearance in our area in the last few weeks, right on schedule. Other early spring migrants that have been spotted include grackles, kingfishers, and Red- breasted…

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Right Tree, Right Place

Right Tree, Right Place By Marilyn Shy, Kalkaska Conservation District We were all getting spring fever, right? Seeing that bare ground, and just patchy snow in the woods, and then the white stuff hit us yet again. No matter! Spring is still on its way. And spring means it’s time…

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Notice of 30 Day Strategic Plan Review

The Kalkaska Conservation District has recently completed a draft strategic plan. They met with various stakeholders to review unique challenges and benefits of Kalkaska County resources and discussed how the District can expand their mission and outreach efforts. This 3 year strategic plan will guide District Staff and Board Members…

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USDA Offers Renewal Options for Expiring Stewardship Contracts

USDA Offers Renewal Options for Expiring Stewardship Contracts EAST LANSING, March 5, 2018 — Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to renew their Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contract. Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps private landowners build their business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure…

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Kalkaska receives 2018 International Society of Arboriculture Gold Leaf Award for Landscape Beautification

  Cash Cook, Executive Director – Kalkaska DDA; William Lawrence, President – ReLeaf Michigan; Renee Penny and Mark Randolph, Kalkaska Conservation District; Julie Stachecki, President – Arboriculture Society of Michigan   The Arboriculture Society of Michigan and the Michigan Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture has awarded the 2018…

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Owl Prowl Adventure

By Marilyn Shy Kalkaska Conservation District     It’s not too early to start listening for owls calling to each other in the early evening hours. Many owls are setting up territories, breeding, and getting their nests ready in the early spring and late winter. Since owls often respond to tape-recorded…

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Hibernation: It’s Not for Everyone

Hibernation: It’s Not for Everyone By Marilyn Shy, Kalkaska Conservation District Some days, in the dead of winter, it feels like the whole world is hibernating. But then just a couple of days before Christmas, on an evening in December, I saw an opossum foraging for food in my driveway.…

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2018 Tree Sale Catalog

It is that long awaited time for the spring tree sale! We have been working hard on coordinating with tree nurseries and finalizing packages for Kalkaska County residents to enjoy.   Check out our catalog to build your order together! If there is something that you want but don’t see…

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How to Identify a Raven From A Crow

How To Identify a Raven From a Crow: By: Renee Penny, Conservation Specialist, Kalkaska Conservation District January 3, 2018 “That’s a crow. No, wait. It’s a raven. Nope…a crow. Wait….a raven?…A crow?” Do you secretly have this argument with yourself? No need to fret, we do to sometimes. The large…

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