Saddle Up And Ride On The Wilder Side Of Oakland County

 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

Six Rivers Land Conservancy: A Portal to 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

Cormorants in Oakland County and Beyond

Cormorant on beach with outspread wings

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY Double-crested Cormorants are one of the most fascinating and peculiar-looking birds of Oakland County. Their sightings occur most often in May during northward migrations and again in early September as they head south from their colonies located along the shores of our Great Lakes. Many that are now passing through … Continue reading Cormorants in Oakland County and Beyond

Oakland County’s Vernal Ponds – Alive With Wood Frogs!

Photo credit: Taylor Reynolds WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY We knew winter really was over and spring was firmly taking hold on the wilder side of Oakland County when my hiking companion and I unexpectedly encountered an ancient amphibian ritual deep in the woods of Bald Mountain Recreation Area. Although light rain fell the evening … Continue reading Oakland County’s Vernal Ponds – Alive With Wood Frogs!