Michigan Wild & Scenic Rivers: Over the (Pine) River

Pine River Bridge Wellston, Michigan, photo by John Mickevich It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the Nation which, with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and…

Ramps, Wild Leeks, Spring Onion, Allium tricoccum

Wild Leeks, photo by CherryCapitalFoods Here’s some of a Wild Food Wednesday on Wild Leeks I wrote for eatdrinkTC.com. You often find these oniony treasures when you’re morel hunting. Leeks are in the woodse now, and more than one little bird has told me of morels popping around the state as well!  Whether you know them as ramps, wild…

Polling for Parks: Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park

Sunset over Lake of the Clouds, Porcupine Mountains, photo by John McCormick USA Today is polling their readers to see what they think the 10 best state parks in the nation are. The entry page for the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park says: The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, or the “Porkies” as its known to frequent…

Morel in the Wild: The 2013 Season is upon us!

morel in the wild, photo by the little red hen Reports are trickling in from around the state about morels, including some tasty photos from yesterday of morels folks are finding on the Michigan Morel Facebook. Michigan in Pictures has a ton of morel mushroom information to help you find these elusive but delicious delicacies.…

Michigan Wild & Scenic Rivers: Manistee River

Manistee River, near Sharon, Michigan, photo by gregorydseman It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the Nation which, with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that…

Eben Ice Caves in the Rock River Wilderness

A Healthy Green Glow, photo by nasunto I know it’s wintertime when I start seeing a lot of people asking about the Eben Ice Caves. Like many of the subjects on Michigan in Pictures, I don’t know much more than what I write on the blog. Recently, however, a good-hearted soul created the Eben Ice Caves…

Michigan Wild & Scenic Rivers: Au Sable River

Changing Skies over the Au Sable HDR, photo by hz536n/George Thomas It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the Nation which, with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing…

Michigan Wild & Scenic Rivers: Manistee River

Ox Bow on the Manistee River, photo by jimflix!. Michigan has 16 nationally designated Wild & Scenic Rivers. The Wild & Scenic Rivers Act of October 2, 1968 provided for federally designated rivers that “possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values.” A 26 mile section of the…

American Marten: A Michigan wildlife success story

American Marten 1, photo by 13Miles. The UM Animal Diversity web page on the American marten (Martes americana) says that American marten, also known as pine marten, are found in the northern reaches of North America and sporadically in Michigan, primarily in mature, northern forests: These animals are closely associated with lodgepole pine, Douglas fir,…

Wild UP Cranberries

Wild UP cranberries, photo by Blondieyooper. We’re gearing up for Thanksgiving on Absolute Michigan today with two features. One will help you make it a Michigan Thanksgiving and the other has a bowlful of information about Michigan cranberries. A few years ago Waterland Living wrote about wild cranberries. It’s packed with great advice about finding and…