|Tuesday, 27 July 2010||11:27 PM|
|Forgotten Harvest - this weekend|
Just a quick notice that we have room for a few more people at Forgotten Harvest this Saturday! The waiting list was turned off until recently so we don't have our usual pool of reserves to call on to replace last minute cancellations! Come join other Michigan Adventurers helping to get food to the hungry that might otherwise go to waste!
Hope to see you there!
To see what this is all about, go to the Michigan Adventurers Club web site, and check out this activity. It IS a great cause, and they have been doing this for quite awhile now.
|Monday, 26 July 2010||7:18 PM|
|Thanks Michigan Adventurers|
The MAC hiking group joined us for the Night Hike, along with some of the members of "Campfire USA". Everyone is always welcome here at Hiking Michigan, and everyone is always treated with kindness and respect here. The MAC hikers join us from time to time, and both groups share many members. That's the Cool thing here.....there is NO competition between groups, just a like-minded spirit of the outdoors and the natural world. Nothing can seem to get inbetween that.
Nice to see all of MAC Hikers on Saturday!
|Thursday, 22 July 2010||4:20 PM|
|CARPOOLING for Night Hike|
I have recieved some emails about Carpooling on this Hike since we are going after dark, and maybe late if you stay for a long Campfire. There are some people from Royal Oak or troy who would like to Carpool. If these areas work for you, let me know and I will set it up between people for some Carpooling.
Send me an email if interested.
|Monday, 5 July 2010||12:45 PM|
|Heart of Herbalism|
The Heart of Herbalism
Saturday, July 24th at 2pm (till around 4)
at Yule Love It Lavender Farm in Leonard, MI
the class is included in the $3 entry fee to the farm (a darn good deal, I say...)
At the heart of both permaculture and herbalism lie the plants that grow all around us, those we step over, around (and sometimes on) in the daily doings of our lives. In the past, everyone possessed a basic knowledge of herbcraft; how to step outside, reach down and find close at hand the remedy to some need. Today, though much of this knowledge has been forgotten, the plants themselves are still here at our feet (or sometimes stretched over our heads), and are still available when need arises, if only we take the time to learn. And remember.
Join herbalist jim mcdonald for a wander around Yule Love It Lavender Farm and explore the world of the unique and ubiquitous plant medicines we share this land with. We'll discuss the identification, ethical harvest, medicinal & energetic uses of our green relations through a blend of story, experience and lore, assessable to the beginner and insightful to the learned.
...and be sure to allow extra time before and after to bask in the beauty of Iris's glorious lavenderland.
|Monday, 28 June 2010||11:25 AM|
Hiking Michigan is everyone's Group. We get ideas for adventures all the time, and try to accommodate everyone. The recent change in schedule and a morning Hike to avoid the afternoon heat, was suggestions from members. Please let us know if you have ideas for a Hike in a particular Park, or if you have suggestions on how to improve the Hikes. It benefits ALL.
|Wednesday, 23 June 2010||3:56 PM|
|Name a HIKE for Saturday 6/26/10|
Since we got a last minute cancel and reschedule of our MiGO Geocaching hike for this Saturday, 6/26/10, there is an opening in the schedule. I have received a few emails asking we do a morning Hike to avoid the hotter temps. of the afternoon. What say you all. Where shall we hike this Saturday, and what time in the morning shall we Hike?
Please drop me an email, and I will get a full group email out by Thursday to everyone.
|Thursday, 17 June 2010||11:53 AM|
|Welcome Michigan Adventurers|
Charity from the Michigan Adventurers has let the group know about the History Hike at Haven Hill this Saturday. We hope that many of you MAC hikers will join us for what will be an excellent time at the Haven Hill Preserve. We have added an additional hike after the main historical hike ontop of Haven Hill. We will also be encircling Haven Hill lake. This is some of the most beautiful trails in any State Recreation Area, in S.E. Michigan. Many natural springs, endless Boardwalks, the great swamp, and deep shaded forest trails. Again.....the combination of the history here and the wonderful natural features, makes the Haven Hill preserve at Highland Recreation Area a Fantastic hiking experience. Hope to see you all there.
|Monday, 7 June 2010||11:36 AM|
|Stony Creek Hike Reviewed|
A Lucky day for all of us on the Hike. It rained all night and almost right up to hiking time and then stopped for the hike. Even some touches of sun on the hike. real nice group of people who turned out for the hike. There are always great people who come and hike, but there are times when the certain mixture of random people who join in, just have a certain "click" to thyem. This was one of those random accidents of people combos.
I am still trying to ID some of the unique things we saw on the hike. In fact.....I am heading back out to the Park tomorrow to get some further pictures and details on things. Hope the insects will be as invisible as they were for our hike on Sunday. Hope everyone had a good of time as I did on the hike. Stony Creek always come through with a good hiking-Nature experience.
Still trying to ID this guy. He obviously takes necter from flowers because of the long "proboscis" it has. Thinking it's a Moth of some sort. Still checking.
We have IDed this plebtiful, Meadow flower a couple of times before, but I cannot seem to discover it's name. More checking is needed.
True Forget-Me-Nots. There was one small patch of these right below the osprey "Hacking" Tower on the Trail. That would be John Hacking. :-}
Lots of food sources along the Lake and Pine forest trails. This is an early "Gooseberry". We found many of these nestled in with the over abundance of Raspberries.
The wild Roses where everywhere. The aroma of these wold roses filled the air for most of the hike.
The hill of Turtle nests where at the furthest point in our hike. A number of nests had recently hatches and there were empty turtle egg shells all over the hillside, down to the lake. There where many more obviously unhatched nest yet. I think these are Snapping Turtle nests and eggs. But I am still researching this.
As we were hiking by one of the many "Bluebird" boxes in the rolling meadows, we seen what looked like a Buebird sticking his head out of one of the boxes. We figured it was a Swallow though, since many of the Bluebird boxes get taken over by Swollows. I took a picture from a distance. But when I got home a zoomed into the picture, I saw something different. It looks like a bird is "Back-pushing" an blue egg, out of the nesting box. I enlarged that section of the picture, even more and put the insert into the right hand corner. I will be stopping at that box as well on my return journey and see if it was a Swallow removing eggs from the box.
|Thursday, 27 May 2010||5:19 PM|
|ALMA Highland Festival|
This is a great way to do something different over the memorial weekend. The Alma city College has been doing this Scottich Highlands festival longer then I can remember. Food, Dancing, Tons of Pipers and drums, and endless activities for Fri., Sat. & Sun.
They use the entire town as well as the main games being held at the Collge Camp[us grounds. This is a nice ride north of Lansing, through old Farm country and many small towns. A great all day activity for the memorial weekend.
Check ot the Link below for more info and directions.
|Monday, 10 May 2010||12:19 PM|
|Dr. Bob Birding-WETZEL|
Judy and I birded Wetzel SRA today. Ill put out a blog later, but have a question first.
The most interesting bird to me was a sparrow that would do: boing, boing, boing and then do a musical birdie song thing. (Hey what do I know about bird songs anyway?)
We heard, saw, and photographed this silly sparrow at least four times in different places. I have decent pics, but most of the time its back was towards me, but once I got pics showing a streaked breast with a central spot. It looks like a Song Sparrow to me, yet with mouth open it shows a slightly raised crest. (OK, so he is advertising!)
I listened to Birding by Ear. It agreed with the books that said a Song Sparrow does three similar notes, then does a birdie thing obviously my words. Yet the three notes on the CD were really musical and birdie-like in the several provided examples no boings!
This silly bird may have been listening to the green frogs at Wetzel? We both called it the boing bird! We called green frogs boing frogs long before we knew what they were. We know a boing when we hear one! The birds were consistent today, but not as deep or as resonant as the frogs. Boing, boing, boing (similar notes as the books say) then sing, sing, and sing.
Can the three similar notes be environmentally suggested? (Like maybe the bird thinks: Hey I gotta fit in with the vocal locals!. Huh? - even if they are frogs?)
Can this be a Song Sparrow?
I know there are so many ear-birders on the list, I just have to ask now before I dump my memory card and post pics which may take awhile. What else could it be?
Yes, I wish I had taped it! Guess I need to carry the digital recorder in the spring! But then, where would I post recordings? I cannot attach them to a shout-out to the list.
(BTW: For you youngsters, there use to be a cartoon character called Gerald McBoing Boing. It was always my favorite! It way preceded any computer-generated sound and video enhancement by computers. It sometimes appeared as a cartoon prior to the movie in the 25 cent matinees in theaters of my youth). OMGosh! I just found a wiki! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_McBoing-Boing) That was amazing!
Go Go McBoing Boing! ( Slight reference to the Go Go Power Rangers your kids watch now)
PS, the cats are back in town and were crying in many places and Yellow Warblers were very abundant - good pics! Grosbeaks are home (good pics). Forster Terns are nesting and apparently feeding young at Wetzel.
Cool place! Good weather! Fun day!
"Dr. Bob" Setzer
Streamwood Estates, Rochester Hills (Crooks & Hamlin), Oakland County
"Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day." Teaching a man to "bird" is much harder!