Firing up the Polar Vortex Ice Cave Hype Machine

Ice Cave Evening, photo by Mark Miller via leelanau.com who write: It’s a frosty 3 degrees in Leland with winds whipping powdery snow around and more single digits & high winds driving wind chills far below zero coming over the next couple of days. That’s not optimal for driving, and schools across the county are … Continue reading Firing up the Polar Vortex Ice Cave Hype Machine

Eight Hooter, Rain Owl, Wood Owl, Striped Owl, Barred Owl

Barred Owl, photo by Mark Miller Those cool names are from the Wikipedia for the Barred Owl (Strix varia). The All About Birds page on Bard Owls says in part: The Barred Owl’s hooting call, “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?” (see video below) is a classic sound of old forests and treed swamps. … Continue reading Eight Hooter, Rain Owl, Wood Owl, Striped Owl, Barred Owl

Black Bear Boom!

Black Bear & Cub, photo by Mark Miller The Detroit Free Press reports that the black bear population is booming in northern Michigan: The black bear population has risen 29 percent in the region since 2012 and almost 50 percent since 2000, according to wildlife management specialist Kevin Swanson of the Department of Natural Resources. … Continue reading Black Bear Boom!

Michigan’s Lake Effect Snow and the Ice Beast of the Frozen Tundra

Ice Beast of the Frozen Tundra, photo by Mark Miller As Michigan deals with the first winter storm of the season, it’s a good time to brush up on how Michigan’s lake effect snow machine works with a nice video (below) from mLive chief meteorologist Mark Torregrossa who writes: The areas hit by lake effect are … Continue reading Michigan’s Lake Effect Snow and the Ice Beast of the Frozen Tundra

Major Explorer on Empire Bluffs

Major Explores Empire Bluff, photo by Mark Miller Over on Leelanau.com I shared upcoming meetings for folks interested in becoming “Bark Rangers” in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Major looked so awesome that I had to share him with all of you too! Bark Ranger volunteers and their canine companions will serve as ambassadors on … Continue reading Major Explorer on Empire Bluffs

Saturday Morning Stroll: Black Bear in Michigan

Saturday Morning Stroll, photo by Mark Miller Recently there have been several reports of black bear sightings in Michigan, in traditional ranges like Leelanau County where these bear were photographed and even as far south as the state line in southwest Michigan and Washtenaw County, where  The Hastings Banner shared that while some are escapees from private … Continue reading Saturday Morning Stroll: Black Bear in Michigan

A Cold Calm

A Cold Calm, photo by Mark Miller A scan of the Michigan mercury this morning shows a lot of record and near record low temps ranging from a balmy -10 in Grand Rapids to -24 in the Soo, -26 in Ann Arbor, -28 in Alpena, -29 in Port Huron and an eye-popping -34 in the “Icebox … Continue reading A Cold Calm

#TBT: Frozen Straits

Mackinac Bridge, photo by Mark Miller OK, we’re not throwing back too far for this Thursday, but I wanted to share a really cool view that Mark took this February of the Mackinac Bridge and the Straits of Mackinac locked in the grip of the Polar Vortex. View his photo bigger and see more great views … Continue reading #TBT: Frozen Straits

Michigan in the Deep Freeze

Icy Evening, photo by GLASman1 Some of the coldest air in decades has moved into Michigan, producing morning temps in the low teens to single digits and packing windchills over -20! The lowest temp? Ironwood in the western UP at -26! The weather has closed schools in much of the state and has every news outlet and … Continue reading Michigan in the Deep Freeze