In the Wild

East Lansing Celebrates Earth Day

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Several MSU student organizations are collaborating on The Big Green Gig, a celebration of Earth Day, in Valley Court Park this Saturday. The event will feature live music, plant giveaways and hands-on activities.

Deer Survey to Begin In Eight City Parks

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

MSU students will try to figure out how many deer we've got now in eight East Lansing parks. Then it'll be up the Council to decide what to do from there.

Costco to Fill Wetlands if Permit Obtained

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The public hearing required before the DEQ can give Costco permission to fill two acres of wetlands in East Lansing will happen tomorrow evening. We explain.

Environmental Groups Ask for Volunteers to Help Monitor Local River Health

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Two local environmental groups are asking for volunteers this weekend (10/1/16) and next (10/8/16) to put on a pair of waders, become citizen scientists and help monitor the help of streams flowing into the Red Cedar River. ELi's Paige Filice explains the process, and how you can get involved.

Pokemon GO Takes Over East Lansing

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

 

Above: Players hunt Pokemon behind The Peoples Church

Have you seen random strangers wandering your neighborhood? Faces glued to their phone screens? Suddenly one of them yells out, “Guys! Guys! I caught a Squirtle!”

Don’t be alarmed; these people are merely playing Pokémon GO.

Still time to forage for spring greens in East Lansing

Monday, May 23, 2016

Above: picking stinging nettles.

This year’s long, cool spring has extended the time to forage for spring greens. I’m grateful for the longer season because I am still just learning what to forage and where to find it locally.

Legal Stage Set for Possible Deer Cull

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Image courtesy of Michigan State University

Last night at its regularly-scheduled meeting, East Lansing’s City Council passed an ordinance that gives Council the ability to authorize the killing of deer by government-authorized hunters on City-owned land. Council members were divided on the question of whether organized culls should begin soon. A previous proposal had called for government-employed hunters killing as many deer as possible in East Lansing’s White Park and Harrison Meadows Park.

Deer Cull Talks Continue

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Photo credit: Greg Thompson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wikimedia Commons

East Lansing’s City Council is set tonight to continue discussion of a possible deer cull in two City parks. In response to questions from Council members, City staff has prepared answers to questions about deer sterilization, whether organized kills will really reduce local populations, and whether it is possible to put reflectors on deer to reduce deer-car accidents. Tonight’s meeting could see a vote on an ordinance that would allow the culls to occur.

You Think It's Cold Now?

Monday, February 1, 2016

The geography of East Lansing all comes back to a big old glacier known as the Laurentide Ice Sheet.

Where do they Go and when do they plan on coming back? The mystery of bird migration

Monday, January 25, 2016

Great blue-heron spotted in Everglades National Park. Populations in Michigan are migratory and travel to the Caribbean, Central America, and northern South America. Photo credit: Paige Filice

Michiganders know a thing or two about migrating south. In fact 7% of Florida’s seasonal population are Michigan residents, according to a 2004 study conducted by the University of Florida.

Hibernation Versus Torpor: A Quandary for East Lansing Animals

Monday, January 11, 2016

Above: An East Lansing squirrel who will not engage in hibernation or torpor but who has recently chubbed-up for winter.

In the last couple of weeks, it has turned cold in East Lansing. For some animals, that means poofing out their coats like a squirrel and toughing it out, but some animals in East Lansing just go into a torpor.

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