SNAPPING TURTLES: Don’t Mess With Me, It’s Nesting Season

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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Monsters of deep swamps they are not, but the common snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentine, is the largest turtle species found in Oakland County (or anywhere else in Michigan). During the final days of May and into the month of June, these algae-coated giants of the turtle world emerge from wetlands and set off on terrestrial treks wrought with danger. They are often seen lumbering along on suburban lawns near wetlands or crossing highways. It’s nesting season for the snappers and their powerful sharp jaws are a reminder to give them a wide-berth when on dry land. Continue reading

Michigan’s Amazing Asparagus: A Celebration of Green Spears from Empire, Michigan to the Oakland County Market

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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There is no celebration of asparagus quite like the three days of food-stomping, hand-clapping, green-spear eating fun that was held last weekend in northern Michigan. The festival took place on the streets of downtown Empire, a village nestled in the shadows of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and barely a stone’s throw from the waves of Lake Michigan. Are you wondering how one celebrates asparagus? I traveled to Empire to find out and quickly became an active participant in Empire’s 12th Annual Asparagus Festival, an event that even outshines St. Patrick’s Day when it comes to being green.

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Congrats to OUWB’s Charter Class 2015 Graduates!

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Congratulations to the 47 students who graduated from Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) last Friday, May 15, 2015. The graduates make up the first class to graduate from OUWB and were selected from more than 3,200 applicants nationwide. The OUWB medical school opened in 2011 as Michigan’s first new M.D.-granting allopathic medical school in nearly 50 years and Oakland County’s first medical school ever. Continue reading