Anyone Can Hunt Wild Turkey During Michigan's Spring Season Hunt 234!
Michigan's long awaited guaranteed spring turkey hunt, Hunt 234, started Monday May 1st. Hunt 234 is a statewide hunting license valid for all open areas, except public land in the Southern Lower Peninsula. The Hunt 234 license can be purchased any time throughout the May 1-May 31 season.
It's February 19th and The Great Backyard Bird Count is currently taking place. This year it is phenomenally warm weekend here in Michigan. This warm weekend has made an awesome and very enjoyable time to take part in the 2oth annual Great Backyard Bird Count! If you are interested in participating, here is a link with information and how to get started. Just click here, you'll go to birdcount.org and learn all about it.
Pictured above is the Robin, Michigan's state bird. Known to fly south in the winter, however, if food is abundant they will remain in your back yard for the entire year. We have a very diversified backyard of native berry producing shrubs and trees, as well as planted crabapple, grape, apple, pear and others. We are graced with the Robin all year!
In addition to the Robins, we are blessed with an abundance of birds. Of course some come and go as the seasons do, such as the Hummingbirds, Red Winged Blackbirds and others. But, during the bird count we see the gentle morning doves, the beautiful Northern Cardinals, the chubby Partridge and noisy Woodpecker (noisy, because it likes pecking on our steel buildings), of course the sweet little Chickadees and so many others.
If you enjoy birds, like we do, you are sure to have fun participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count!
From our back yard: These birds are migrating, they stop by every year for a visit. They fill the trees with their "tweet, tweets" and the "swoosh" sound as they lift in flight is amazing!
Here is another link you are sure to enjoy...Cornel.edu
For winters here in Michigan, MuckBoots original "Woody Max" are the boots for us!
Actually, we start wearing our "Muck Boots" in the Autumn, when the ground starts getting wet and yes, mucky. Although they are meant for cold temperatures these boots are light weight enough to wear from Fall to Spring. They are not heavy, however, they are extremely warm and waterproof!
In our profession we are in the woods and sometimes low ground, such as cedar swamps. It is not unusual to come across water in these low lying areas. In these boots our feet will actually stay dry! There are times when we have to cross creeks or even rivers, and our feet stay dry in these boots!
Since the very first sawmill was built in the United Stated, there has been over 100 log rules developed, all using a variety of methods. Some were based upon the lumber tallies of individual mills, some were developed by diagramming the cross-section of boards in the ends of logs and others were developed using mathematical formulas.
Here in Michigan we know the mosquito, all too well! And, if you are like us, prefer to avoid toxic repellents. Fortunately, a number of essential oils have been proven to be effective in repelling mosquitoes!
Any one essential oil may contain hundreds to thousands of compounds known to repel insects, due to plants natural defense mechanism against insects. Some of these very compounds are specifically effective repellents to mosquitoes!
According to one study the five most effective oils against mosquitoes were those of Litsea (Litsea cubeba), Cajeput (Melaleuca leucadendron), Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia), Violet (Viola odorata), and Catnip (Nepeta cataria). Repellency Effect Of 41 Different Essential Oils
Here are two DIY mosquito sprays to try!
WATER- BASED REPELLENT SPRAY OIL- BASED REPELLENT
Into a spray bottle, use four ounces Using 8 ounces of an organic carrier oil,
of witch hazel and/or distilled water as a add 40 to 50 drops of essential oil of your
base. Add 10 drops of your main choice. Apply to skin as needed
essential oil, along with a few drops of
any other desired oils. Add 1/4 tsp.
vanillin. Apply as needed
David and Valerie Zimmer
buyers of standing timber and owners of Greater Michigan Timber Management, a Forest and Timber Management company located in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan.