Coastal Fens and Carnivorous Plants of Northern Michigan

The northern shores of Lake Huron are home to teal-blue waters, sun-bleached coasts of ancient bedrock and plants that eat meat. The thin soil found here contains very few nutrients, so plants like butterwort, bladderwort, sundew and pitcher plants have adapted to life in this rugged habitat by eating insects, much like the well-known Venus flytrap of the eastern United States. … More Coastal Fens and Carnivorous Plants of Northern Michigan

Our Wildflower: Protecting the Rare Habitat of the Dwarf Lake Iris

The official wildflower of the Great Lakes State is right at home anywhere it can get its feet wet along the rocky coast of Northern Lake Huron, but those places are getting harder to come by. This pint-sized perennial is known for its deep blue flowers that emerge mere inches above the ground for a fleeting few weeks in May and June. It’s a bit of a miracle this fragile flower exists at all. … More Our Wildflower: Protecting the Rare Habitat of the Dwarf Lake Iris

Slow and Steady: How Connected Lands Help Blanding’s Turtle Stay in the Race

The Blanding’s turtle is distinguished by its helmetlike shell and mustard-yellow throat. Though not federally listed as an endangered species, it is one of special concern in Michigan where its habitats have been fragmented. As development increases in Northern Michigan, especially near coastal and wetland areas, the turtle’s habitat is disrupted by new construction, increased traffic and a shifting landscape. … More Slow and Steady: How Connected Lands Help Blanding’s Turtle Stay in the Race

Treasures in the Sand: Protecting One of Michigan’s Rarest Plants

On the remote shore of Negwegon State Park, where Lake Huron’s rugged coast gives way to long, narrow sand dunes, one of Michigan’s rarest plants is hanging on.For most of its life, the Pitcher’s thistle is a wispy tangle of short, silver-green stems.Below ground, the plant will spend the better part of a decade sending a taproot 6 feet down. … More Treasures in the Sand: Protecting One of Michigan’s Rarest Plants

Good Stewards Make Great Neighbors in Conservation

The reasons we each enjoy Northern Michigan are as varied as the landscape of our region but what connects conservationists, recreationists, tourists and wildlife enthusiasts is our love for this special place. There’s a lot to love. With access to thousands of acres of public land, there’s plenty of room to connect — with space for everyone. … More Good Stewards Make Great Neighbors in Conservation

Huron Pines Hosts First Artist-in-Residence at Hubbard Lake

Northern Michigan visual artist Sarah Tule has been selected as the first artist to participate in the Huron Pines Artist-in-Residence Program at the Hubbard Lake Nature Preserve. As part of her two-week stay at the preserve this fall, Tule will be hosting a plein air watercolor class on Saturday, October 5, 10:00am-12:00pm. … More Huron Pines Hosts First Artist-in-Residence at Hubbard Lake

Monitoring Wood Turtles at Milligan Creek

If there’s a race to reconnect river miles, there’s one slow and steady neighbor watching the progress unfold. As part of the construction at Milligan Creek, Huron Pines had the opportunity to work alongside the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, who have been following wood turtles, monitoring their behavior in the area and relocating especially at-risk turtles. … More Monitoring Wood Turtles at Milligan Creek