The Rapidian

outdoors

A two-for-one deal: Volunteers help improve 'rabbitat'

by (Michigan Wildli...)

Submitted 12-05-2018 under NONPROFITS

Cottontail rabbits are such a common sight in southern Michigan’s city parks, gardens and backyards that you may never think about where else they live or about the habitat they need beyond our neighborhoods. But rabbits also live on public...

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No strangers to the endangered

by (Michigan Wildli...)

Submitted 05-09-2018 under NONPROFITS

Michigan is home to a vibrant array of wildlife uniquely adapted to life near the Great Lakes. But over time, conservationists identified some of that wildlife as needing special assistance – and efforts were launched to improve their numbers...

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Michigan treasure: Fish of a thousand casts

by (Michigan Wildli...)

Submitted 07-25-2017 under NONPROFITS

There’s only one thing better than the heart-pounding experience of reeling in a monster-size muskie. “Releasing that fish and watching it swim away is a great feeling because you know you’re helping to make sure there’ll be...

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Stepping into the wild

by (Michigan Wildli...)

Submitted 07-06-2017 under NONPROFITS

It’s hard to believe that some children, especially those living in urban areas, have never experienced Michigan’s great outdoors. “Every day is a wonderful day for me because I get to watch the faces of children who have never...

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Michigan fish hatcheries help balance the ecosystem

by (Michigan Wildli...)

Submitted 05-22-2017 under NONPROFITS

Sometimes Mother Nature needs a helping hand. That’s been especially true in Michigan when it comes to replenishing lost fish populations and establishing new ones in the Great Lakes and inland waters. By the late 19th century, fish had begun...

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Father, son share a special bond

by (Michigan Wildli...)

Submitted 01-17-2017 under NONPROFITS

Most parents only dream about this gift of time. For years now, Mark Romanack and his 21-year-old son, Jake, have traveled the roads together in their Dodge Ram pickup. They talk. They laugh. They plan a future. And when they arrive at their...

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Program breaks barriers to Michigan's great outdoors

by (Michigan Wildli...)

Submitted 11-07-2016 under NONPROFITS

Inside the blind, they wait. There’s a thermos of hot coffee and whispered talk about the deer that may come today. Anticipation builds with the coming dawn. And for a while, it’s like before. Before Vietnam or Iraq. Before losing arms...

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Michigan Trails Week is reason to celebrate West Michigan's outdoors

by (Michigan Wildli...)

Submitted 09-12-2016 under NONPROFITS

Not exactly the woodsy type? Well, how about test-driving Michigan's great outdoors along one of its many scenic trails? Whether you like to walk, run, bike or ride, the Great Lakes State has a rail trail, bikeway, riverwalk or trailway for you...

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How to grow a rain garden in Grand Rapids to protect local watersheds

by (Calvin College)

Submitted 08-08-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Written by Joel Betts, Green Infrastructure Associate with Plaster Creek Stewards Rain gardens have become an increasingly important tool in many urban areas for addressing the negative aspects of stormwater runoff. Over the last few years, Plaster...

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UICA adds to Grand Rapids’ outdoor public art collection

by (UICA)

Submitted 07-26-2016 under NONPROFITS

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) has commissioned Louise ‘Ouizi’ Chen to create the third installment of its public art initiative, The Exit Space Project (ESP). After successfully reaching their crowdfunding goals in...

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