WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY Foggy and sometimes frosty October mornings, kaleidoscopes of autumn leaves, majestic trumpeting of Sandhill Cranes, and hot pink muck buckets: they all signal it’s time to saddle up and ride the multi-use equestrian trails managed by Oakland County Parks. Although I am not a rider, I answered the call of … Continue reading Saddle Up And Ride On The Wilder Side Of Oakland County
WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY The cataclysmic land-sculpting forces of the last great glacier created the hilly topography that is the present day Oakland County. As the glacier retreated, and new landforms took shape, it gifted us with over 1,400 lakes of various sizes and depths. One of those lakes is 48 acre Teeple Lake, an alluring … Continue reading Six Rivers Land Conservancy: A Portal to the Wilder Side of Oakland County
WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY The days are short, and darkness comes all too soon. The dawn of winter draws near. We may feel sleepy at times, but there is no long winter nap awaiting the beaver (Castor canadensis,) the largest rodent of North America. Contrary to the belief of some, beavers do not hibernate. … Continue reading Beavers: Oakland County’s Best Dam Builders!
WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY October brings falling leaves, ripening pumpkins, and roving raccoons. Raccoons are among the most widespread mammals of Michigan, and have adapted extremely well to life in Oakland County. These clever creatures can be found everywhere, from our farmlands and wildlands, to the city streets and suburbs of Rochester, Southfield, and … Continue reading Raccoons: Masked Bandits of Oakland County
WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY As summer heat begins to fade, Pokeweed, a native shrub-like plant, accelerates its growth and draws attention to the edge zones of many of our most popular trails and woodlands of the Oakland County landscape. It often appears under power lines and is rather common in sections of our larger … Continue reading Trailside Pokeweed of Summer’s End