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20th Annual Michigander Bike Tour passing through several My Town communities

20th Annual Michigander Bike Tour passing through several My Town communities

ADA, MI - Approximately 400 bicyclists will be enjoying part of Ada Township’s non-motorized trail network this week, as part of the 20th annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, sponsored by the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. After staying overnight at the County fairgrounds in Lowell on Tuesday, July 19, tour riders will be riding west on Bailey Drive into Ada Township on Wednesday morning, where riders will use the Township trails on McCabe Ave., Conservation St. and Honey Creek Ave., on their way to the City of Rockford and ending that day in Ravenna.

We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

Meet Bella, Bucky and Barry:

We leave the urban wildlife in Forest Hills and head to our cabin in Wisconsin.  In Michigan, you would call our cabin a cottage.  In Wisconsin, they are known as cabins.  Anyway I digress - our cabin is on 10 hilly acres of grassland in the bluff country of southern Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin is known as the dairy state, but the “state animal” is not a cow.  It’s the badger.  Yes, Wisconsinites have seen Bucky the Badger, the University of Wisconsin’s mascot.  But very few of them have ever seen a real badger.  Our property in Wisconsin was invaded by three badgers last year!!!!

The first sign of a badger invasion:

The first sign of the badger invasion was the yard, which was dug up.  Badgers prefer to live in open grasslands, fields and pastures.  My husband mows about four acres of our property and lets the rest of the grasses grow wild.

A break from urban wildlife for a day at the beach

A break from urban wildlife for a day at the beach

LAKE MICHIGAN -  Even a dog has to take a break from all the excitement of his backyard kingdom.  On this sunny summer day, George, my husband, and I head to the beach.  Our friends, Nancy and Don, own a cottage on Lake Michigan, and they have invited the three of us to spend the day at the beach.

This is George’s first visit to Lake Michigan.  The waves were a little intimidating at first.  He would sniff the water, but he would not allow himself to get wet.  He wouldn’t even dip his paw into the water to check it out.  Then something caught his eye.  George noticed the beautiful white birds walking along the water’s edge.  He tried to get close to these interesting critters, but they would simply fly off.

Silly me, I thought seagulls only lived by the ocean, and then I moved to Michigan and discovered the Big Lake is home to a thriving population of seagulls.  I have since learned that seagulls or gulls will live al

Check out Upper Macatawa Natural Area

Check out Upper Macatawa Natural Area

ZEELAND TWP. - Need a hike this weekend with some new scenery?

As we were driving around putting our boy to sleep Sunday (don't ask), we came across the Upper Macatawa Natural Area, off of 76th Avenue south of Byron Road.

There were no cars in the parking lot and it looked like a very nice area.  Signs were posted to help identify birds that you may see on your walk.  There were also several picnic tables and a portajohn.

The area is very out of the way, so I'm not sure how many people even know it is there.

For more details, check here.

National Trails Day June 4th

Ottawa County Parks has 26 parks and 12 open space lands, totaling over 6,000 acres of public park land to enjoy.  Ottawa County is celebrating National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4th with the following activities.

Join a naturalist-led walk at 9:30am at Hemlock Crossing.  Located at 8115 West Olive Rd. just North of Holland off US-31.  Meet at the Nature Education Center.

The Nature Education Center will have a display of information about Ottawa Counties newest parks, current park projects and trail maps for selected parks.   The center is open 9am - 5pm.

Friends members will be at selected parks throughout the day to lead "trail orientation" hikes.   For the times and locations of these hikes, check the Friends website at www.friendsofocp.org.


Urban Wildlife - Meet Tommy and Henrietta

Urban Wildlife - Meet Tommy and Henrietta

George and his Backyard Critters – Meet “Tommy” and “Henrietta”:

“Tommy” and “Henrietta” are the wild turkeys who live in the neighborhood and visit our bird feeder once in a while. We don’t see the turkeys very often, maybe it’s because they can go 14 to 20 days without food.

Michigan turkeys disappeared in the late 1800’s. In the 1950’s, wildlife biologists reintroduced turkeys in southwestern Michigan and later in the northern part of the state.  Today, there are about 200,000 wild turkeys roaming around Michigan.

Two of those turkeys live in our Forest Hills neighborhood. They are the Eastern Wild Turkey variety.

International Relations Commission Will Host 3rd Annual Multicultural Festival on May 21st

News Release:

You’re invited to celebrate the global, multicultural diversity of Holland!

The “International Relations Commission Festival: Celebrating Our Multicultural Connections” will be held on May 21, 2011 at Kollen Park, 240 Kollen Park Blvd, Holland, MI 49423 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the Holland Youth Advisory Council will be showing “The Karate Kid” in the bandshell outdoors at dusk.  Admission is FREE.

This is a family event coordinated by the City of Holland International Relations Commission (IRC).  The mission of the IRC is to promote international and cross-cultural knowledge, awareness, understanding, and sensitivity through interactions within the community and across borders.  This year’s festival offers a full entertainment lineup, various ethnic food booths, children's activities, and outdoor movie!