Oakland County’s Quintessential “Seagull”: The Herring Gull

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Oakland County has no seagulls. Not even one. So just what are those raucous birds that fly around boats, docks, beaches and picnic areas on Memorial Day Weekend? They are not seagulls. Seagulls do not exist.

There is no such thing as a seagull. The word “Seagull” however, is an acceptable layperson’s term to describe all species of gulls whether they are soaring over ocean shoreline, following fishing boats on the Great Lakes, or just “hanging out” near picnickers at Stony Creek or Kensington Metropark, or any large park or lake in our county. My use of the word seagull today refers exclusively to our quintessential seagull, the often maligned Herring Gull (Larus argentatus). The Herring Gull is a beautiful bird, but unless it stays motionless, the beauty of this gull is often overlooked.

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Register Now for the FREE G2G Marketplace Day Event

Government agencies are invited to the first annual G2G Marketplace Day government technology conference on June 7, 2017. Join us for this FREE conference to learn about hot topics in technology. You don’t have to be a technology expert to attend. This conference is about education and surmounting the fear of buying technology in government.

Conference registration is from now until May 31st. Seating is limited, so make sure to get yours while they are still here!

At the G2G Marketplace Day Conference you can hear from industry experts on subjects including AI in government, cybersecurity, workforce management, emergency response plans, streamlining forms and workflow, ADA compliance, and more.

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Bring your Garden to Life – Visit your Neighborhood Greenhouse!

Spring has blossomed and the flowers have too!

If you are in need of front yard foliage or a colorful oasis for weekend barbecues, then take your wishlist to any of the greenhouses and nurseries in Oakland County.  From ‘Sugar Baby’ Forsythia at Steinkopf Nursery, to Petunias at Telly’s Greenhouse, your perfect plants are just around the corner.

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Civic Engagement Takes Center Stage on Youth in Government Day

Milford High School students with Commissioners Bob Hoffman and Philip Weipert.

Critical thinking and civic engagement took center stage during the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ annual Youth in Government Day, held May 15th.

The event, which drew high school students from across the county, featured speakers, mock debates, and engaging demonstrations centered on Oakland County’s role in the lives of its citizens.

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