WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY
“The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.” National Audubon Society
I like birds. I do not, however, look at myself as the kind of birder that maintains a life list of birds seen, nor, perhaps with the exception of Snowy Owls, will I drive a hundred miles or more to see a bird that rare in Oakland County. But after reading background information on the GBBC, and recognizing the importance of this annual worldwide bird survey citizen-scientist event, now in its 22nd year, I decided I would attend a GBBC event sponsored by the Oakland Audubon Society. The information compiled during the bird counts assists researchers at Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society in their study of bird species populations, and how to protect the environment we share with them. With those thoughts in mind, I promised my naturalist and avid birder friend Kathleen Dougherty from Oakland Audubon that I would accept her invitation and take part on Day 2 of this year’s event that ran from Friday, February 15th through Monday, February 18th. Continue reading
Patriot Week is a time to celebrate and honor America’s First Principles. Created by Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren and his daughter in 2009, it’s a time to reflect upon the ideals, documents, and historical figures that represent the best of the United States. Patriot Week begins on September 11th, honoring the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives in 2001, and ends on September 17th, Constitution Day.
Special events ranging from solemn remembrances and discussions, to lively celebrations, lectures, and presentations have been scheduled throughout Patriot Week and beyond. Constitution Day at the Oakland County Circuit Court will give middle school students a chance to learn about the Constitution first hand through a wide range of engaging activities, including special speakers, Constitution Quiz Bowl, and mock trials. The event, hosted by the Oakland County Circuit and Probate Courts on September 14th, is free and open to the public.
Crowds of all ages flocked to the Woodward Dream Cruise on Saturday, August 18th, 2018. The loud roar of engines could be heard up and down Woodward Avenue and across Oakland County as an estimated 1.5 million people attended the world’s largest one-day automotive event. With simultaneous events taking place in multiple cities like Ferndale, Royal Oak, and Pontiac, fans of the event had plenty of places to go and explore.
Check out our video full of highlights from the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise below!
Get ready to rumble, Oakland County! The world’s largest one-day automotive celebration, The Woodward Dream Cruise, is rolling back into town Saturday, August 18th. Travel along the 16-mile stretch of Woodward Avenue from Pontiac to Ferndale, and cruise through nine Oakland County communities: Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac and Royal Oak.
Check out our video from past Dream Cruises for a sneak peek at what’s to come:
Summer is the perfect time for adventures and discovery! In Oakland County, the night sky presents a constant source of wonder and awe. There are many fun ways to delve a little deeper into the world of astronomy because the county is well equipped with observatories, planetariums, and astronomy clubs.
Find the best places in and around Oakland County to view the stars with our interactive star gazing map and grab a telescope to observe the worlds above us. Check out the cavernous craters of the Moon, the massive mountains nestled on Mars, or the rings on Saturn radiating light into the night sky. The possibilities for discovery are endless.