Oakland County February Business Workshops

Four business people talk around a small coffee table.

Now is the time to better your business skills! Launch a brand-new business or advance your current one with the help of Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center. Take part in their low-or-no-cost business workshops in February and learn the skills necessary to become a successful business-person. Topics include small business loans, market potential, financing options, cash flow, and more. Continue reading

Black-capped Chickadees: Forest Warriors or Suburban Feeder Flirts?

A Black-capped Chickadee perches on the author's hand.

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Black-capped Chickadees are well adapted to life in the woodlands of Oakland County, and are equally comfortable living a suburban lifestyle. The secret of their success is adaptability and inquisitiveness, and during the cold months, a few tricks bestowed upon them through eons of evolution.

Chickadees may be found in any local habitat that has trees or woody shrubs, from our expansive State Recreation Area forests managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, to small brushy areas in our urban areas. During times of heavy snow, they often hunker down in sheltered swamps such as those at Lakeville Swamp Nature Sanctuary and Timberland Swamp Nature Sanctuary, two of my favorite Oakland County swamps managed by the Michigan Nature Association. When extreme cold grips the landscape, they may hunker down in abandoned woodpecker nesting cavities, knotholes on the leeward side of trees and occasionally excavate their own shelters in soft rotten wood. Continue reading

It’s Time for Outdoor Winter Fun in Oakland County!

Child ice-skates with his family

There’s so much fun to be had this winter in Oakland County. From skiing and snowboarding, to skating and more, the opportunities for outdoor recreation are endless!

Bundle up, grab your gear, and head out to an Oakland County Park, trail, hill, or lake to stay active and enjoy the winter season. Check out our full list of outdoor winter activities below, or scroll down to use our interactive map.

Outdoor Winter Fun in Oakland County

Grab your ice skates to glide around the rinks at Annie Lathrup Park in Lathrup Village, or set out for a downhill skiing adventure at Alpine Valley in White Lake. Hook the “catch of the day” while ice fishing at Orion Oaks County Park in Lake Orion or choose from several other locations in the county.

If you’re planning to ice fish or ice skate on a lake, remember that no ice is 100% safe. Ice must be at least 5″ inches thick to safely enjoy these activities. Before you head out, view these important Ice Safety Tips from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

Our interactive map will help you find activities near you. The icons on the map and legend show various activities, like tobogganing, downhill skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, ice fishing, sledding, and cross-country skiing. Clicking the arrows below the icons in the legend will allow you to see a list of locations for that activity.

Do you know of any other outdoor winter activities in the Oakland County area? Let us know by contacting us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leaving a comment below.


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A Winter Picnic for Muskrats

A muskrat stands on two feet on a lake that's beginning to melt.

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

The woods fell silent last Friday afternoon as I slowly made my way along a seldom used trail, perfect conditions for my stealthy approach with a photographic mission in mind. My plan was very simple: photograph Black-capped Chickadees that frequent a sheltered thicket on a bluff that overlooks a small lake. I expected those boisterous little fellows to greet me with their cheerful chickadee-dee-dee melody. I was certain they would, for with the sky a radiant shade of blue and the mercury climbing over the fifty degree mark, the chickadees would be flitting about and singing like it was spring.

My stealthy approach failed and not a chickadee was in sight. Continue reading