Wildlife Habitat Council

Reports of Reptiles and Amphibians Help Shape Michigan Management Strategies

The Michigan Herp Atlas Program is seeking assistance from people who observe reptiles and amphibians (collectively known as herpetofauna) in their natural habitats across Michigan. According to Program Administrator David Mifsud, volunteer observations are critical to the success of the project. More than 60% of Michigan’s amphibians and reptiles are listed by the Michigan Department […]

Citizen Science Programs: Volunteer Your Time and Gain Valuable Skills

“Citizen science” is scientific research using data collected by a large number of non-professional observers. These programs provide the opportunity for the young and the old, experienced and inexperienced, to connect with nature, observe wildlife, and provide valuable information to scientists. The success of citizen science depends on participants from many communities helping with projects […]

Spring Tip: Melting Snow Reveals Potential Rain Gardens

The approach of warmer weather and the melting of winter’s snow provide a unique opportunity to determine a potential location for a rain garden. Those low areas of the lawn that tend to hold onto the snow and stay wet the longest are ideal places to plant some water-loving native plants. Rain gardens are a […]

2015 is the International Year of Soils

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils. The International Year of Soils is intended to raise awareness and promote the sustainable use of soils. Soil consists of a mixture of inorganic material (sand, silt, and/or clay), decomposed organic material (humus), living organisms (bacteria, fungi, worms, […]

Celebrate World Wetlands Day on February 2

February 2 of each year is World Wetlands Day, which marks the date that the Convention on Wetlands (also known informally as the Ramsar Convention) was signed in 1971. World Wetlands Day provides private and public entities alike with the opportunity to raise awareness about the importance and value of wetlands. Wetlands provide vital habitat […]

Designing the Ideal Project at Ricoh Group’s West Caldwell Site

When Yoko Perez started working for the Environmental Team at Ricoh Americas Corporation’s West Caldwell Office in June 2013, she started working to align their Wildlife at Work program with the priorities of Ricoh Group’s biodiversity policy, as well as to better engage employees in the program. She and her team recognized that working with […]

This Year’s Christmas Tree, Next Year’s Habitat

With the winter holiday season upon us and Christmas only a few days away, many living rooms and office lobbies are now decorated (or soon will be) with live evergreen Christmas trees. But once the holidays are over, what should we do with all of those trees? I suggest using them to create habitat! A […]

Pollinator Information at Lafarge North America’s Sun City Safety Day 2014

Lafarge North America’s Sun City Aggregates site in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area holds an annual Safety Day in recognition of its employees’ safety achievements. At this year’s event, held on November 7, 2014, a pollinator information booth and a safety quiz with pollinator conservation questions were incorporated into the event’s activities. Approximately 80 people […]

National Bat Week 2014

My colleagues and friends are all pretty familiar with my fondness for bats. With their fuzzy backs and twitchy little ears – not to mention their penchant for eating the mosquitos that eat me alive every summer- what’s not to love? I’ve even written about them several times already for the Wildlife Blog, such as […]

The Many Benefits of Urban Trees

Last week I read a fascinating article about urban forestry, which argued that strategically reforesting a 1.5-square-mile area in Houston could help reduce ozone pollution in the city. Using weather data and computer models, researchers estimated that a freshly-grown forest could remove as much as 310 tons of ozone from the atmosphere over the course […]
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