nature preserve http://michiganradio.org en Non-profit buys an island in Lake Michigan – ‘a wild, beautiful spot’ for migrating birds http://michiganradio.org/post/non-profit-buys-island-lake-michigan-wild-beautiful-spot-migrating-birds <p>The Nature Conservancy has purchased an uninhabited island in northern Lake Michigan that provides a crucial stopover spot for migratory birds.</p><p>St. Martin Island is part of a chain that runs between Wisconsin's Door Peninsula and Michigan's Garden Peninsula.</p><p>Millions of sparrows, warblers and other birds stop on the chain to take a break and feed before continuing their migration. According to a <a href="http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/michigan/newsroom/tnc-protects-lake-michigan-island.xml">release issued by the group today</a>:</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:31:46 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15465 at http://michiganradio.org Non-profit buys an island in Lake Michigan – ‘a wild, beautiful spot’ for migrating birds Dow's partnership with the Nature Conservancy http://michiganradio.org/post/dows-partnership-nature-conservancy <p>Let's play word association. When I say "Dow Chemical," what's the first word that comes to mind?</p><p>It's probably not bunnies or birds, but with it's new partnership with the Nature Conservancy, officials at Dow say they'll begin to take bunnies and birds into consideration when they make business decisions.</p><p>Dow called the partnership a "breakthrough collaboration."</p><p>The company and its foundation will put up $10 million to fund the five-year project which will "provide strategic, science-based counsel and technical support to help answer questions about the value and benefits of natural areas on or near where Dow works – such as the benefits of a forest to ensuring clean water for towns and factories, and the role natural wetlands and reefs play in preventing damage from storms." Tue, 25 Jan 2011 17:15:18 +0000 Mark Brush 994 at http://michiganradio.org Dow's partnership with the Nature Conservancy Effort to preserve Saugatuck dune-land likely to get state grant ahead of schedule http://michiganradio.org/post/effort-preserve-saugatuck-dune-land-likely-get-state-grant-ahead-schedule <p>Conservationists are celebrating a recommendation to approve a <a href="http://www.naturenearby.org/Data/Resources/File/Land%20Projects/Saugatuck%20Harbor/Saugatuck_TF%20votes_$7%20M%20Dec%201%202010.pdf">$7 million grant</a> to preserve dune-land near Saugatuck.</p><p>The grant will help the City of Saugatuck purchase the 171-acre property. The land includes thousands of feet of Lake Michigan shoreline; plus dunes, wetlands, and lakes.</p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 04:02:59 +0000 Lindsey Smith 426 at http://michiganradio.org Effort to preserve Saugatuck dune-land likely to get state grant ahead of schedule