Garden Project Postponed

I had a garden project in mind a few days ago. We have a fenced-in veggie garden and one area has remained incomplete for years. It needed some work done that required the back blade on my garden tractor. There is only one gate large enough to allow the tractor into the garden if I…

Trumpeter Swan on White lake

Tuesday I got a call from another conservation minded friend who had seen what appeared to be a non-Mute Swan on our lake. He indicated that it was large and had a black bill. Tundra swans have visited the lake in large numbers but I had yet to see a Trumpeter swan here. He had a…

Dunes Fund Drive A Success!

I’m excited to report that the fund drive to save the White River Barrier Dune Sanctuary has been successful! The $970k has been raised and the deal will be complete this spring to purchase the privately owned parcel to protect what will now become a 14 acre site from thoughtless development. The barrier dunes are located…

End of Winter

One of my favorite photography sites is the channel between White Lake and Lake Michigan on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Between autumn and spring there are a few times a year when the conditions are such that the channel is one of the few local areas of open water. It naturally attracts an…

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…

Welcome to OUR RURAL NATURE

I’d like to welcome you to the watershedwildlife.com blog I call “Our Rural Nature”. The blog will give me an opportunity to present observations and images in a way that isn’t easily accomplished in a website. I plan to keep my blog entries relatively brief in order not to bog-the-blog with time consuming minutia. I will…