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Do Not Mail Campaign PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dawn   
Thursday, 09 April 2009 23:19

Victoria Chainsaw

I've had this picture up on Facebook for a couple days and I thought I'd share it here too.† So, here's to you arborist boys!† Now to the motive.† This picture represents†an awareness campaign from Earth Justice and Audubon (environmental orgs) - to raise awareness of the fact that V.S. used for their catalogs - pulpwood harvested by clear cutting in our northern boreal pristine forestland. In response to this campaign, V.S. changed their practices becoming more enviromentally friendly. It's a success story, so this picture represents a lot. Learn more about this and the do not mail campaign at http://donotmail.org/.† XXOO Dawn
 
Belle Isle Conservatory PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dawn   
Monday, 23 February 2009 23:15

Belle Isle Conservatory after trimmingThe Belle Isle Conservatory†is such a wonderful tropical escape from February.† What a great FREE place to bring the kids.† Let them show you the orange tree with oranges or maybe throw a penny into the fountain and make a wish.† I love the orchids. The main room is†what I would describe as houseplants gone crazy - in a good way :)†

So now we get to the fun part.† The trees had gotten out of control.† The trimming needs were beyond what they were capable of handling, so they hired independent arborists to do the job - and I was one of them!† I was on a crew of†4 others, 3 of us climb, 2 were strictly ground crew.† Since I am hurt and couldn't use a pole saw I was limited in†what I could do.† Still, I†was living an Arborist's dream just being there.†† It was hard, strenuous and dangerous work, but an incredible experience.† I think we all had fun!

†††††††††††††††††††††Belle Isle Botanical Society††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

The Belle Isle Botanical Society†is an awesome organization dedicated to making Belle Isle beautiful.† Thank you to BIBS for making the Conservatory tree trimming project happen!† Please visit their site and consider a membership.

 
My backyard bird count results PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dawn   
Sunday, 15 February 2009 22:28

Backyard Bird Count 2011

Thank you for entering your observation in this year's Great Backyard Bird Count.† Below is a report summarizing the bird checklist you submitted.

Here is the information you gave for this observation.

Record ID: S7708239
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Email: 48382, Commerce Township, Oakland County, MI
Observation Date : FEB 18, 2011
Party Size: 1
Skill: excellent
Weather: good
Habitat(s):
††† deciduous woods
††† scrub
††† suburban
††† freshwater
Number of Species: 19
All Reported: yes
Checklist:
††† Mourning Dove - 1
††† Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2
††† Downy Woodpecker - 2
††† Hairy Woodpecker - 2
††† Blue Jay - 3
††† American Crow - 2
††† Black-capped Chickadee - 3
††† Tufted Titmouse - 3
††† White-breasted Nuthatch - 2
††† Brown Creeper - 1
††† Carolina Wren - 1
††† American Robin - 1
††† European Starling - 2
††† American Tree Sparrow - 1
††† Dark-eyed Junco - 3
††† Northern Cardinal - 2
††† House Finch - 1
††† American Goldfinch - 2
††† House Sparrow - 1


Information submitted through February 21, 2011 will be included in online reports within 60 minutes.† Information submitted after February 21, 2011 will be included in online reports within 2 hours.† To see how your results fit into the big picture, go to the Great Backyard Bird Count home page http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/ and click on "Explore the Results."† If your bird checklist included unusual species or high numbers of individuals, you may receive an email from a regional editor requesting more details.

Thanks for participating in the 2011 Great Backyard Bird Count. Please join us again for next year's count. Mark your calendars for February 17-20, 2012.

If you enjoyed the Great Backyard Bird Count, check out eBird at http://www.ebird.org, where you can report the birds you see every day of the year. eBird helps you keep track of your lists--and archives your sightings so they're accessible to everyone, including other bird watchers and scientists. It's easy and fun to use--and it's absolutely free!

The Great Backyard Bird Count and eBird are joint projects of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada. Please help support these and other efforts on behalf of birds by becoming a member. Visit http://birds.cornell.edu/join for membership in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, http://www.audubon.org/gbbc/index.shtml for membership in the National Audubon Society, or http://www.birdscanada.org for membership in Bird Studies Canada. Thank you for your support!

†Backyard Bird Count 2009

†Click on any of the bird names below to learn more about the species and listen to their song.

Thank you for entering your observation in this year's Great Backyard Bird Count. Below is a report summarizing the bird checklist you submitted.

Here is the information you gave for this observation.

Record ID: S4586173
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Locality: 48382, Commerce Township, Oakland County, MIChillin with the birds
Observation Date: FEB 13, 2009
Start Time: 11:00 AM
Total Birding Time: 3 hours
Party Size: 1
Skill: excellent
Weather: excellent
Snow Depth: No snow was present
Habitat(s):†
††† suburban
Number of Species: 16
All Reported: yes
Checklist:
††† Mourning Dove - 5
††† Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
††† Downy Woodpecker - 2
††† Hairy Woodpecker - 1
††† Northern Flicker - 1
††† Blue Jay - 7
††† Black-capped Chickadee - 2
††† Tufted Titmouse - 3
††† White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
††† American Robin - 1
††† American Tree Sparrow - 2
††† Dark-eyed Junco - 5
††† Northern Cardinal - 2
††† Purple Finch - 1
††† American Goldfinch - 8
††† House Sparrow - 2
Comments ----------------------------------------
16 species and 44 individuals.† and im in the suburbs wow!
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To see how your results fit into the big picture, go to the Great Backyard Bird Count home page http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/ and click on "Explore the Results." If your bird checklist included unusual species or high numbers of individuals, you may receive an email from a regional editor requesting more details.

Thanks for participating in the 2009 Great Backyard Bird Count. Please join us again for next year's count. Mark your calendars for February 12-15, 2010.

If you enjoyed the Great Backyard Bird Count, check out eBird at http://www.ebird.org, where you can report the birds you see every day of the year. eBird helps you keep track of your lists--and archives your sightings so they're accessible to everyone, including other bird watchers and scientists. It's easy and fun to use--and it's absolutely free!

The Great Backyard Bird Count and eBird are joint projects of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. Please help support these and other efforts on behalf of birds by becoming a member. Visit http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Membership for membership in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology or http://www.audubon.org/gbbc/index.shtml for membership in the National Audubon Society. Thank you for your support!

 
The Big Tree Hunt - Michigan PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dawn   
Thursday, 12 February 2009 11:09

Michigan Champion Ash Tree

The Annual big tree hunt†is underway. People of all ages can go out and find the biggest trees in Michigan. These trees play a vital role in our history and our environment as living landmarks.

Global ReLeaf of Michigan continued the tradition of the Michigan Big Tree Hunt (MHBTH) in 1993. Prior to that a brilliant botanist named Paul Thompson had been keeping records and hunting down Michiganís big trees since the early forties. His name is listed in the National Register of Big Trees on most of Michiganís 47 national champions. Currently, the Michigan Botanical Club has inherited that job. Global ReLeaf of Michigan hosts the MBTH as a way to get people of all ages out looking at trees and helping find those that are champions. These trees play a vital role in our history and our environment as living landmarks.

With this entry form, the tree you nominate starts on a journey of its own towards possible inclusion in the National Register of Big Trees issued every two years by American Forests. First, it is reviewed by Global ReLeaf of Michigan to see if it is a winner in the biennial Michigan Big Tree Hunt. Winners are announced and certificates and prizes are awarded at a special ceremony. Winners are then forwarded to Dr. Woody Ehrle, Michigan Botanical Club Champion Tree Coordinator for the State of Michgan, for further review and possible inclusion in the State Champion Tree List.

Click here for the Entry Form (requires Adobe Reader)

 


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