Coexisting with Urban Wildlife at Winter’s Approach

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

“Great and terrible flesh-eating beasts have always shared landscapes with humans. They were part of the ecological matrix within which Homo sapiens evolved. They were part of the psychological context in which our sense of identity as a species arouse.”

“The teeth of big predators, their claws, their ferocity and their hunger, were grim realities that could be eluded but not forgotten. Every once in a while, a monstrous carnivore emerged like doom from a forest or a river to kill someone and feed on the body. It was a familiar sort of disaster-like auto fatalities today – that must have seemed freshly gruesome each time, despite the familiarity.” — Monster of God, David Quammen

Oakland County lacks the man-eating predators of history that still seem to haunt our minds and exaggerate our fears. But as the cold days of November shorten, and some species of wildlife move closer to our homes to forage under bird feeders, we still behave at times as if our lives are at risk by the very presence of wildlife. Negative comments about opossums, raccoons, deer, wild turkeys and the much maligned Eastern Coyote seem to spread like wildfire as Thanksgiving draws near. Some neighborhood social media sites fuel misinformation about urban wildlife with comments such as, “We saw a coyote lurking in a field.” Deer, rabbits, turkeys and coyotes might be seen in a field, but none lurk there: a reminder that the usage of certain words can be powerful and lead to fear-mongering. Continue reading

Food Safety Tips to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving

Whether you’re a pro at hosting the Thanksgiving meal or this will be your very first time, it’s important to follow and practice food safety tips, especially when any type of raw meat is involved.

Oakland County Health Division put together a helpful list of safety tips that includes cleaning, separating, cooking, and chilling your food. We added a special section from the Partnership for Food Safety Education that tackles one of our Thanksgiving favorites: stuffing!

Read through the tips beforehand to get an idea of what to expect as you’ll be preparing your feast. Jot down some notes as you begin to think about what serving pieces and how many cutting boards you’ll need, your counter space arrangement, how many items need to go in the oven, etc. Continue reading

Be Informed – Use Video Game Ratings this Holiday Shopping Season

The holiday season is here and kids of all ages are adding new and favorite video games to their holiday wish lists. Whether you’re a parent, close relative, or a friend, purchasing video games can be complicated. While some video games might seem innocent, it’s not always easy to tell if the content is age-appropriate without checking the rating first.

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners encourages parents and other gift-givers to ensure they are purchasing age-appropriate games by looking at the back of video game packaging, or online, to view their ratings. Watch as Diana Lewis, veteran WXYZ news anchor, sheds more light on this important issue.

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Oakland County College Connections Story Map

Are you planning for your future? Opportunity abounds for higher education in Oakland County. Scholars have several options to choose from with various universities, skilled trade schools, degree programs, and career and speciality schools nearby. Take a look at our GIS College Connections story map and learn about the exciting options that are available to you right here in Oakland County. Click on a college or school that interests you to learn more about what they have to offer.

The Oakland County College Connections story map can be a great resource for your decision-making process.

Whether you’re looking to acquire a new skilled trade, earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree, or obtain new career skills, the possibilities for higher education in Oakland County are almost endless. It’s time to apply – your future is now!


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Take in the Merriment and Joy of the Holiday Season!

Can you feel the excitement and anticipation in the air? The holiday season is officially here and we’re thrilled to share our list of holiday events happening in Oakland County. There are so many ways to delight in the magic of the season during this special time of year.

View our list of Holiday Happenings. You’ll find everything from parades and seasonal excursions to performances, holiday markets, and craft fairs. Kids, young and old, are sure to have a jolly time!

Please check event websites for dates and times and note that some events are one day only.

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