By Pamela A. Frucci
There’s an interesting sight as you drive down West River Road…a dozen colorful Adirondack chairs all in a row in the side yard. It’s a collection that belongs to Charla Mason who moved them from her pool side in Wyandotte when she married Bob Mason in 2014. The couple is surprised that their chairs get more attention from passers-by than their historic home at 20839 West River. (read more…)
Three former crop fields now part of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and totaling 117 acres in Berlin and Frenchtown townships of Monroe County, are hosting the return of two bird species — dickcissel and eastern meadowlark. These two birds were commonly seen on most Monroe County fence posts just a century ago.
Modern nesting records are sparse in southeast Michigan and there are no contemporary records in the vicinity since the first Michigan breeding bird atlas was published just over 30 years ago. (read more…)
The International Wildlife Refuge Alliance celebrated its continued support for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge with its annual benefit dinner last month. The sold-out event was held on Grosse Ile at the Ford Yacht Club. The outdoor location provided a striking waterfront view and was shared with 300 friends in conservation.
A few days earlier in the same location, three John D. Dingell Friend of the Refuge Awards were given in recognition of leadership and dedication to conservation on the Detroit River and western Lake Erie Basin. This year’s honorees were Dr. Eugene Jaworski, the Pointe Mouillee Waterfowl Festival and DTE Energy. (read more…)
BY ANNAMARIE SYSLING
(Editor’s Note: The following article originally was printed by Model D, an independent online magazine that focuses on “telling the story about the people who are changing Detroit.” It is published each Tuesday and is owned by Detroit-based Issue Media Group. Find it online at www.modeldmedia.com.
Detroit Riverkeeper Robert Burns has spent his life in the middle of the Detroit River. Growing up on Grosse Ile, Burns spent his spare time hunting, fishing, camping, and boating around the island. “So I’ve built up quite an affinity for the natural parts of the island,” he said. (read more…)
BY JENNIE BRAATZ
Groundhog Day, which comes around each year on Feb. 2, is known by many to be a prediction of spring’s arrival.
In Southeast Michigan and across the world this day holds significance for another reason. It is also World Wetlands Day, a day to honor the treaty adopted by conservationists around the world on Feb. 2, 1971, in Ramsar, Iran. The treaty provides the framework for designating a “Wetland of International Importance.” (read more…)
This month the PNC Roar on the River will maintain its title as the longest running outdoor event in southeast Michigan.
However, the present-day event looks much different than the outboard “marathon” race held in 1951, the very first Trenton “boat race.”
In that event the racers endured the rugged Detroit River waves all the way up to the Ambassador Bridge and back. It was a great test of wills and endurance, but wasn’t much of a thrill for the Trenton Channel fans enduring a lengthy wait for the boat to return to view.
The 65th running of the Roar — like most of its recent predecessors — will be much more “fan friendly” when it launches from Elizabeth Park the weekend of July 17-20. (read more…)
Imagine walking down a trail quietly with 30 other people united with the hope of seeing or hearing an owl on the night breeze. It’s hard to believe that this populated area where we live is also home to some of the most majestic wildlife, wildlife is all around us Downriver!
On Saturday, Nov. 8, we began the night with an introduction by Interpreter Dorothy McLeer from the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Environmental Interpretive Center and Refuge Volunteer. Her interpretation of the natural history of owls set the mood for the adventure through the woods. This is the time of year to get owls to respond to calls, as this is their mating season. (read more…)
In an effort to engage younger people in the annual tradition of PNC Roar on the River, as well as offer some Trenton High School students some real-world experience, Rob Shannon’s marketing class was invited to help organize ad campaigns for this year’s event.
Rotary member and boat race organizer Linda Francetich had met Mr. Shannon during a multi-district advisory board meeting at the Gibraltar School District, in which she is an advisor. Teachers and other business owners, who also attended, were discussing the topic of internships and similar opportunities for high school marketing students. The boat races immediately came to mind, and she presented an offer to the schools to send their students who may be interested in a marketing experience through the PNC Roar on the River. (read more…)
Wyandot Nation Chief Billy Friend of Oklahoma, several of his fellow tribal leaders, nearly 35 students from the Oklahoma tribe and more than30 Wyandot tribal members from the Downriver area recently visited the Refuge Gateway in Trenton and Humbug Marsh.
Also participating were staff from the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and its summer Youth Conservation Corps crew, restoration technicians, and members of the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance. (read more…)