Sunday, December 12, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
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Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Bonus! Ty is the expert when it comes to area's karsts.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Later, Tom highlighted the remaining wild cats in North America - the jaguarundi, margay, ocelot and jaguar which do not reside locally. The cougar, lynx and bobcat can be found in our Michigan.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Join instructors from HeadWaters Land Conservancy for an exciting morning of navigation and orienteering in the Gahagan Preserve. Compasses and GPS equipment will be provided, but if you have your own, please bring them. There are a number of well-hidden geocaches to be discovered! RSVP @ 989-731-0573 or email@example.com.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Gahagan Members Free Non Members: $5 per day Registration forms available @ the CRAF Center. Mail to MGNP, P.O. Box 421, Roscommon 48653, or contact Tom Dale @ 989.275.3217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What a chance for the youngsters to get outside and have fun doing it!
And on the night of the final day - July 22 at 7 pm - adults and children are will want to be at the cabin for Cat Tails as Gahagan's naturalist, Tom Dale pulls interesting things out of his trunk (no not that kind of trunk, he's not an elephant) as he tells tales of the world's cats.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Children’s Gahagan Nature Camp- Tracks & Traces - TUE-THU 7/20-22 9:00am-noon Children: 6-11 yrs. old. Bring Bug spray! Skeletons, Skulls, Teeth, Tracks, and Traces. These clues indicate where and how wild animals live. Curious? Join Naturalists/Educators Tom Dale and Karen Demers to make exciting discoveries at the Preserve! Check http://www.gahagannature.org/ for more details.
MGNP Family Night- Cat Tales THU 7/22 7:00pm-8:00pm Everyone Welcome, Especially Kids!This program is NOT about your ordinary Tabby cat! Join Naturalist/Educator Tom Dale for a program about America’s amazing cats, including some rare and endangered cats, as well as many extinct cats, including the biggest cat the world has ever known. Fossils, skulls, pelts, and a puppet show will be used to tell some unbelievable stories.
Good Bug – Bad Bug TUE 7/27 7:00pm-8:30pm Adults. Join Barb Bishoff, Master Gardener and member of the Kirtland Garden Club, for a discussion on Integrated Pest Management. Learn to identify the good and bad bugs that crawl or wiggle into your floral or veggie garden. Then learn how to encourage the good bugs to work for you!
The Adventure of Geocaching for Kids SAT 7/31 10:00am-12:30pm Children: 10-15 yrs.old/Parents Welcome. Join instructors from HeadWaters Land Conservancy for an exciting morning of navigation and orienteering in the Gahagan Preserve. Compasses and GPS equipment will be provided, but if you have your own, please bring them. There are a number of well-hidden geocaches to be discovered! RSVP @ 989-731-0573 or email@example.com.
Note: Alaskan Fisheries has been rescheduled to August 5
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
A large owl is hanging around the walkway between the pond and the gazebo. Take a peek around or sit and listen. we saw it around 11am this morning.
New wildflowers keep popping. The Glidden wildflower garden in front of the cabin is full of bumblebees and butterflies buzzing through this maturing patch. In another year, the plot should be thick with the plantings of a couple of years ago.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Trientalis borealis (star flower) is frequent along the asphalt path between the cabin and the gazebo. It is a short plant with a white flower consisting of seven pointed petals in, you guessed it, a star pattern. You might also note that horsetails, a plant that looks like a miniature pine tree, are starting to grow through the asphalt especially near the gazebo. Oh well, you can't fool Mother Nature.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
- the Mainstream upstream from Stephan Bridge
- the South Branch upstream of Watter's Edge near Steckert Bridge
- the East Branch on the south edge of Hartwick Pines State Park
- the North Branch near dam 4
- the Big Creek of the North Branch upstream of North Down River Road
- the Big Creek near Luzerne upstream of Randall Road
It is a fun day. It takes no experience as you will be paired with a knowledgeable collector. You learn about the river environment. The next collection day is June 5 meeting at Noon at the Kirtland Community College Biology Lab. We will go over a few instructions there, have lunch (provided) and head to the stream. We should be done by 5 pm. We have the equipment but if you prefer your own waders, bring them. We hope to extend our collection reach in the future but we need more caring volunteers to do so. Please join us!.
For more information, go to www.GahaganNature.org and click on AuSable Monitoring link. It will give you details about the project, the collection day and contact points for more information.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
On Wednesday, visit us at the Roscommon Business Expo outside on the lawn of the CRAF Center from 3 to 7.
On Saturday, we will have a booth at the Kirtland Warbler Wildlife Festival from 10AM until 3PM. go to http://warbler.kirtland.edu/ for festival information.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 4 join us for the Sky Dance of the Woodcock. we meet at the cabin at 8 PM and wander to a nearby field hoping to find the Wookcock during its spring mating ritual. RSVP at info@GahaganNature.org.
Tom Dale, our environmental educator, hosts a walking tour of the Gahagan Preserve Friday, May 14 as part of the Kirtland's Warbler Wildlife Festival. Walk starts at 5PM at the cabin. Its about more than birds but the festival gets its name from one.
On Tuesday, May 18, rise early and meet our expert birders, Joanne and Jack Bouck at Tawas Point State Park near Tawas City on the Lake Huron coast. Be there by 9AM. The point is a noted flyway for migratory birds and birders flock there as well at this time of year. A Michigan State Park vehicle permit is requied for entry.
MSU Extension Forest Educator Russell Kidd will take a you on a tree identification walk through Gahagan's majestic pines and cedars on Saturday, May 22 from 10AM to noon. Well we have a lot of other varieties as well. Let Russell clue you in on who is whom and answer your questions about trees. Okay, this isn't about birds but they do live in, feed off and enjoy them too!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
On previous days, Lori Silk raked and readied the butterfly garden and Jack Bouck cleared the debris from the asphalt trail and boardwalks.
Thanks to everyone that chipped in.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Please pitch in and help.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
For more information on this and other Gahagan events visit our website. http://www.gahagannature.org/.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Imagine a cat that is big enough to swallow your head in one bite! Such a cat once roamed NorthAmerica. Fossils found in Florida, Alaska and most especially California’s Rancho La Brea Tar Pits document Panthera leo atrox, the American lion. The replica skull pictured here is in our traveling collection and we like to save it for last. After demonstratingbobcat, lynx and cougar skulls, as well as a “saber” of the famous saber toothed cat, the American lion skull always produces excited sounds from the audience, and still more excitement is heard when a child’s head is completely “consumed” inside those dreadful jaws!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The water striders are plentiful on the Gahagan pond right now. From the family Gerridae, these sleek insects glide on top of the water using water's surface tension to counteract gravity. They don't live in the trees! Find three of them in the photo's reflected canopy at the pond yesterday.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Why does the spring bring this concern in Michigan? Unlike arid areas, we usually have adequate moisture during a year's period in this State. In the spring, the vegetation hasn't greened, making it dry. When there has been enough warmth for the trees and plants to leaf out - usually late May - the fire danger generally passes for a while. Plants "pump" water from the ground when this green-up occurs and that not only makes them harder to burn but if they do burn, it is less intense. Of course, that is why you want to use dry wood in the fireplace. Green-up also increases the relative humidity of the air; the more moisture in the air, the less intense a fire.
Weather-wise, the upper Great Lakes usually get some beautiful clear-sky days in spring. We have had quite a few this year. These high pressure systems have little humidity, often have high winds and can sit over us for several days. They dry out the vegetation even more. This is what we have been experiencing the last few weeks. We have experienced it earlier than normal.
The most unusual aspect of this spring has been that whole state lost its snow and dried out at the same time. Usually spring weather begins in the lower portion of the State and creeps northward over a several week period. How does that affect the fire danger? The Department of Natural Resources and Environment, which is responsible for forest fire control, has only so much staff and equipment. They shift these resources with the fire season. Normally, only one or two parts of the State are a trouble spot at a time. Not this year! We could have major fires start in the south of Michigan or the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula today. The fire fighters are stretched and cannot be pre-placed at the most likely region for a fire start – everywhere it might be likely. Also, there are not enough of them to be at several major events at the same time.
In Michigan, almost every forest fire is started by man. Mostly it is from burning leaves or debris. Sometimes it is sparks from equipment such as chain saws or ORV's. Be careful today. It takes little time for a fire in today's weather to consume your house, reach your neighbors or burn thousands of acres of forest land.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The past winter and now the spring have been unusal. Much of northern Michigan never saw much in the way of lake effect snow. The winds were rarely from the northwest and usually had a southernly component. The places that saw lake effect often were not the places that usually get it. Further, there was almost no system snow. The storms all past south of here once we reached the Christmas period. In fact, we have had virtually no moisture of any kind since Christmas and things are bone dry. Fire danger is reaching into the very high to extreme range and burning has been banned.
All this leads to one other thing - the sun. You could guess that if it hasn't snowed and hasn't rained that it might be sunny. We have had far more sunny days than normal. It is not quite Arizona but it sure doesn't seem like Michigan!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Can't make it? Play the movie and listen to a sample. Sorry, it isn't like being there!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
By the way, the ground hog's shadow predicted 6 more weeks of winter this year. That would have been about right if he went by the calendar! As far as the weather goes, he was easily two weeks too long!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Last November, we replaced the septic system for the Gahagan cabin. The original was past its prime, no longer environmentally responsible and our increase in public programs meant that its use was on the rise.
Septic fields are not the most interesting topic, but they part of rural life. They are expensive. These "un-sexy" items are part of the reason that we need Gahagan supporters. Supporters help pay these bills and keep the Preserve functioning. Thank you supporters.
We hope to plant wildflowers on the drain field this spring. You can help by donating for the seed at www.gahagannature.org or let us know if you want to help get the field ready and plant (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
The trails at Gahagan are snow-free. The wheelchair-friendly trail is ready to roll. Take a look!