restoration en New partnership should give a boost to Grand River rapids restoration project <p>An effort to restore the rapids into the Grand River is getting a boost from a <a href="">new federal partnership</a>.</p><p>The rapids that gave Michigan’s second largest city its name are long gone. Hydraulic dams that used to power the furniture industry are major safety hazards for small boats and kayaks. They also block fish like sturgeon from spawning upstream.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 22:30:13 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12527 at New partnership should give a boost to Grand River rapids restoration project Checking in on Michigan's bird populations <p></p><p>Even as Mother Nature plays her own little cat &amp; mouse game with us regarding whether or not spring has actually arrived, there is one unimpeachable source telling us that, despite the chilly temps and snow showers, spring is here.</p><p>No doubt you've heard the welcome sounds of birds chirping. That harbinger of warmer weather to come got us wondering: what's the State of the Michigan bird?</p><p>For those who may not know, the Michigan State Bird is the American Robin, which has been the official state bird declared by the Michigan Audubon Society since 1931.</p><p>Late last month, some of the state's top conservationists, biologists and professors came together for a statewide Michigan bird conference. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:02:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11994 at Checking in on Michigan's bird populations Ospreys make a comeback in southern Michigan <p>Everyone loves a comeback story, and this is a good one. Just 13 years ago, there was only one osprey nest in southern Michigan. Today, there are at least 49.</p><p>The large raptor, known as the &ldquo;fish hawk,&rdquo; began disappearing from the Great Lakes region in step with increasing use of DDT and other pesticides. Scientists have found that these chemicals cause thinning in osprey eggshells.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:55:51 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8226 at Ospreys make a comeback in southern Michigan Beavers return to Belle Isle <p>After years of rumors, it&rsquo;s official - beavers are back on Belle Isle.</p><p>It&rsquo;s been about 100 years since the animals left the 985-acre island on the Detroit River, driven away by trappings and human development. In recent years, any time someone thought they spotted a beaver in the area, park officials always deemed the animal a muskrat or raccoon caught in a case of mistaken identity.</p><p>That is, until last week when a park visitor snapped a cell phone photo of a beaver swimming in the Blue Heron Lagoon.</p><p>John Hartig of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge told <a href="">The Detroit News</a> that the Belle Isle beavers may have come from a family of beavers spotted at the nearby Conners Creek Power Plant four years ago. Mon, 04 Jun 2012 14:46:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7738 at Beavers return to Belle Isle Manistee's Vogue Theatre gets $100K anonymous donation <p>The historic <a href="">Vogue Theatre</a> in downtown Manistee is $100,000 richer today, thanks to an anonymous donor. The generous gift will go towards helping restore the long-dormant theatre.</p><p>Beth McCarthy, a member of the Capital Campaign to restore the Vogue Theatre, released a statement this afternoon:</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 20:53:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 4391 at Manistee's Vogue Theatre gets $100K anonymous donation White Lake gets federal funding for restoration <p>An inland lake in west Michigan is getting a boost from the federal government to help clean up pollution and restore wildlife habitats.</p><p>It&rsquo;s one of many places along the Great Lakes shoreline where cleanups are needed.</p><p>Programs to clean up White Lake, north of Muskegon, have been awarded more than $2 million for restoration. The money will be used to help clean toxins and reestablish habitat for fish and wildlife.</p><p>Patty Birkholz, director of the Office of the Great Lakes says damage done by years of pollution from the manufacturing industry is not beyond repair.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s true, it&rsquo;s not. But it&rsquo;s taken a huge investment on the part of the federal government, on the part of the state government, but also a lot of work by the local people.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Birkholz says Michigan has more &ldquo;Areas of Concern&rdquo; near the Great Lakes than any of the other Great Lakes states. She says it&rsquo;s important for the state to rehabilitate waterways that were damaged by the, quote, &lsquo;sins of our fathers.&rsquo; Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:34:08 +0000 Laura Weber 3404 at