Golden Ringed Death

We live on a small creek (crick, stream,,,?) surrounded on our side by a swampy area with areas of standing water, yet we rarely have a bloom of mosquitoes to come close to what some suburban areas have. The creek is in a gully that to my knowledge hasn’t been invaded by lawns up stream.…

Changes Along The Creek

I don’t go down the hill to our creek every day, or every week for that matter, but in the spring it seems like it undergoes a complete transformation overnight. The plants and the cinnamon ferns in particular appear over a relatively short period and I thought I’d try to catch them developing this year…

A Quick Trip Around The Lake

The history of White Lake in northern Muskegon County Michigan unfortunately includes pollution from a number of sources that includes, the Genesco tannery, Hooker Chemical, DuPont, municipal sewage, agricultural run-off and lawn chemicals. Protest and civil disobedience that began over thirty years ago evolved into many years of organized citizen and agency efforts that brought the…

Habitat Restoration Tour

On August 10, the White Lake Public Advisory Council (PAC) sponsored a kayak tour of White Lake to visit several of the eleven shoreline habitat restoration sites and learn about the lake’s pollution history and recovery. During the event I took aerial video during the start and one of the stops. At each stop a description…

Fair Game Videos

I’ve been interested in documenting the wildlife in the White River watershed for many years. It was one of the reasons I created my website in 2008. Considering the manner in which local development had historically taken place, it was apparent that those who made the decisions had little appreciation for the natural attributes of…

Why “Watershed”?

Why did I name my website watershedwildlife.com? There is no perfect website address for us do-it-yourselfers. A domain name is usually registered online for an annual fee from a website hosting company. You have the option of spending a great deal of money to purchase a short, catchy website name from someone else who registered it…