Sights, Sounds, Scents and Signs of Spring’s Approach


The confirmation of spring’s approach arrived on very long legs and boasted a bright red-capped head. It was just before sunrise when I spotted three statuesque Sandhill Cranes standing motionless on ice near a parking lot at Addison Oaks County Park. After a hilly, two-hour hike in a mostly snow-covered landscape, I returned to that melting patch of ice just in time to watch one of those red-crested, long-legged beauties of the wetlands stretching its wings in the morning sun. That sighting alone confirmed what the calendar already said: The final countdown to spring is well underway. Continue reading

Hop to it for Easter Events in Oakland County!

One of the funnest, not to mention sweetest, holidays is almost here! Easter brings the happiness of the spring season along with fun family traditions of Easter Egg Hunts, Bunny Hops, Spring Flings, and more. Use our list of Easter Events in Oakland County to enjoy an egg-stra good time! It’s a perfect way to spend time as a family and even better, a great way for kids to burn off the renewed energy that seems to spring forth at this time of year.

Easter Events in Oakland County are listed by date and location. Many events offer multiple sessions for different age groups and abilities. Remember to check websites to confirm dates, times, and in case of important updates regarding the weather.

Grab your neighbors, friends, and family and set out for your best hunt or hop yet.

We hope you have a happy Easter!

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Honoring Working Dogs on National K9 Veterans Day

On National K9 Veterans Day we honor and remember our faithful military and service dogs. These hero dogs are trained in a number of areas, including security and explosive detection, and work to help sustain the protection, safety and freedom of our citizens here and abroad.

Here in Oakland County, the Michigan War Dog Memorial in Lyon Township provides a peaceful outdoor setting where you can gather to remember and honor fallen canine heroes. What was once a humble, overgrown, and all-but forgotten pet cemetery has been transformed into a beautiful and somber space.

Phil Weitlauf, president and founder of the Michigan War Dog Memorial, discovered the pet cemetery back in 2010. He, and his non-profit team, have since cleared out the overgrowth and continued their work to give four-legged veterans a proper military burial. You can join them on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at noon for a K9 Veterans Day Event with special keynote speakers at 25805 Milford Road, South Lyon, MI.

Learn more about the Michigan War Dog Memorial in our video from their 2016 K9 Veterans Day event.

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The Great Marshmallow Drop!

The Great Marshmallow Drop will be here soon! Mark your calendars for Friday, March 30th and head to Catalpa Oaks County Park in Southfield for this FREE family fun event with Oakland County Parks and Recreation. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and goes until noon.

Little kids and big kids will be delighted and amazed as a helicopter drops 15,000 marshmallows down from the sky. Children can collect a marshmallow and turn it in for a cool prize. If you haven’t experienced this event yet, add it to your bucket list and enjoy a creative twist on the typical Easter Egg hunt.

See our video for a glimpse of all the fun!

Marshmallows will be dropped three times to accommodate multiple age groups:

  • Ages 4 and younger, along with individuals with disabilities
  • Ages 5 – 7
  • Ages 8 – 12

This FREE event is presented by Oakland County Credit Union. Volunteers from Oakland County Parks and Recreation, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, and other community members will be on hand to help out with the festivities.

Visit Oakland County Parks and Recreation online for details on all 13 Oakland County Parks and follow along with them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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Can You Identify a Red-Headed Woodpecker?


As the hours of daylight lengthen in these early days of March, the woods become alive with early morning songs and the rhythmic drumming of woodpeckers proclaiming territory and taking part in their spring courtship rituals. Most of those woodpeckers go unnoticed by unsuspecting human eyes. That is, of course, with the exception of woodpeckers that frequent feeders filled with suet, or perhaps discover, much to the chagrin of the homeowner, that drain pipes and metal trim on homes are places where the resonance is best. Continue reading