Fall Foliage Adventuring

fall foliage

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Oakland County woodlands, meadows, and lakes are attractive throughout the year, but take on a special aura of beauty in autumn. As shades of summer green surrender to the fiery scarlet of sassafras, glittering yellows of aspens, the reddish-orange hues of maples, and finally, the misty pale yellow of swamp-loving tamaracks, our changing patchwork of kaleidoscope-like colors against a sky of blue can almost overwhelm the human eye. If that’s not enough to lure a nature lover to our hundreds of miles of trails and thousands of acres of parks and wildlands, fantastic fruiting fungi in a rainbow of colors is also emerging along our trails.

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2020 NoHaz Collection Days

Let Oakland County’s NoHaz Collection team help you safely dispose of household hazardous materials ranging from pesticides, paints, air fresheners, propane cylinders, cleaning solutions, prescription medicines, and more.

You’d be surprised just how many everyday items are considered hazardous waste. Do you have an item you’re unsure about? View lists of accepted and non-accepted materials in the FAQ section of Advantage Oakland’s NoHaz web page, or call the NoHaz Hotline at 248-858-5656.

2020 NoHaz Collection Dates and Locations

All events will be held from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, September 26th

Oakland County Service Center Campus
1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac

Saturday, October 10th

Oakland County Service Center Campus
1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac

Due to COVID-19, you are asked to register ahead of time for this event to reduce interaction with workers, and reduce your wait time. Register online at NoHaz.Eventbrite.com.

To help accelerate the drop-off process:

  • Pre-register at NoHaz.Eventbrite.com
  • Separate materials in your trunk, trailer or truck bed into three types:
    1) Paint
    2) Electronics
    3) Other household hazardous waste.*
  • Clearly separate items brought for disposal from other possessions in your car.
  • Bring acceptable materials only; liquids must be in leakproof
    5-gallon containers or smaller.
  • Bring residential waste only, no business, institution or contractor waste.
  • Present your driver’s license or other proof of residency, and your ticket (either printed or on a mobile device).
  • Remain in your vehicle at all times.
  • Wear a mask when interacting with volunteers.

In 2020, residents of all member communities may participate in NoHaz Collection Events for free.Residents of non-member communities may participate in NoHaz Collection Events for a $60 fee, paid by cash or check at the event. Contact your city, village or township offices to see if another disposal program is available to you; or refer to the map to see what disposal options may be offered in your community: 2020 Program Map

By choosing to safely dispose of potentially hazardous household materials, you’re also choosing to protect your friends, family, and neighborhood from harmful chemicals and other dangers.

For more information on the NoHaz Household Hazardous Waste program, visit AdvantageOakland.com and follow along with them on Facebook and  Twitter.


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Trailside Pokeweed of Summer’s End

purple pokeweed berries

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 parks and State Recreation Areas. Sometimes, it thrives within front and back yards of homes and near areas of new construction. At night, its ripening fruits take on a special eye-catching beauty when captured by a camera’s lens. However, by the time pumpkins are coated with frost, pokeweed mysteriously vanishes.

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The Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 10K & 5K is Going VIRTUAL

The 13th running of The Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 10K & 5K races is going VIRTUAL!

“Since it began 13 years ago, the McLaren Brooksie Way has been one of the most popular fall half marathons in Michigan. The pandemic has forced us to change the race this year and we understand as the health and safety of our participants, volunteers and spectators is always our top priority.”

Race Director Deb Flynn

The Brooksie Way will allow runners and walkers to have fun and support programs that encourage a healthy, fit, and active lifestyle. This year’s race allows runners and walkers to complete their chosen race anytime and anywhere within two weeks of September 27th.

“I know there are many dedicated runners, walkers, families and even spectators who look forward to the Brooksie Way each year. The pandemic has changed our routines and many of the events and celebrations we normally enjoy have been cancelled, delayed or altered. We are fortunate that Brooksie Way organizers have found a healthy, safe way for us to participate in the race. I encourage everyone to pick their favorite route, make sure the weather is nice and enjoy a healthy run or walk with family or friends.”

Oakland County Executive David Coulter

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Oakland County’s White-Tailed Deer

a buck in green field

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

White-tailed deer are the smallest members of the deer family, which include moose and elk, but without a doubt, they are the largest and one of the most frequently seen mammals of Oakland County. Love them or hate them, they are here to stay. Our diverse natural habitats, landscaping practices, and travel corridors gift them with an abundant food supply, places to take shelter, and the opportunity to leisurely graze on a great variety of seasonally changing wild plants and fruits, including leaves, grasses, forbs, fiddleheads, mushrooms, acorns, twigs, nuts, wild fruits, and at times, our vegetable and flower gardens, and farm crops.

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