While it’s trout that get all the attention on Northern Michigan’s river systems, there would be no trout to speak of without macroinvertebrates. We can use the presence and diversity of aquatic insects like mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies to gauge a stream’s health. … More What bugs tell us about water quality
The calls of red-winged blackbirds are returning to Northern Michigan just as our cattail marshes, their preferred nesting habitat, swell with snowmelt. Soon their sunset songs will be joined by a chorus of all kinds of frogs and buzzing insects, drawn to the same wetlands for the very same reasons: to breed, lay eggs and contribute more vitality to these places already teeming with life. … More Why Do Wetlands Matter?