WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY
With its brilliant royal blue back, and rusty-red brown breast there is no mistaking a male Eastern Bluebird. They are heralded as one of the first Oakland County birds of spring. Naturalists and writers have long associated the arrival of bluebirds with spring. On March 2, 1859, Henry David Thoreau wrote, “The bluebird comes and with his warble drills the ice and sets free the rivers and ponds and frozen grounds.” It is now the 23rd day of June in 2017 and the heat of the summer has already arrived. Bluebirds keep warbling, not to melt ice, but to announce round two of their nesting season. The fact of the matter is clear, many of our bluebirds did not migrate and ate old berries and fruits all winter, with occasional visits to suet feeders.
The pop of the gun sends hundreds or even thousands of runners and walkers of all ages into the street. As foot meets pavement, racers journey toward the finish line.
While participants compete for health and sport, most also compete to draw awareness and support to a wide range of charitable causes. Often, the proceeds generated by running events are donated to specific charities, providing participants with a great reason to support their loved ones and run in Oakland County.
Avid and amateur runners to summer walkers are invited to put their feet to the pavement and run (or walk) any number of the races scheduled during the summer months. Use our Summer Running List to find a race near you!
WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY
“From her somber, sullenness on a misty morning in autumn, to the excitement and bustle of life on a warm summer day, there is always something interesting to see at Rose Oaks.” Those words of Kegan Schildberg, the Natural Areas Stewardship Lead for Oakland County Parks, paints the near perfect picture of a park that was designed by retreating glaciers some 11,000 years ago and now offers peaceful and passive recreation on the Wilder Side of Oakland County.
As dusk sets, everyone settles into their lawn chairs and blankets. The light from the sun disappears leaving nothing but a quiet chatter underneath a sky of stars.
A high pitched whistle sounds as the first firework is lit. The next 30 minutes are filled with resounding booms, snaps and crackles as red, white and blue colors decorate the night sky.
Fireworks displays are set off in honor of Independence Day all over the U.S. including many communities in and around Oakland County.
In recognition of June as National Safety Month in Oakland County, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners will host their annual Gun Safety Awareness press conference, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. The press conference will focus on the importance of safe gun ownership in preventing gun violence and will kick-off the Board’s annual gun safety lock giveaway, a program that promotes safe gun ownership by distributing free gun locks to the public via local police departments.
Members of the public are invited to attend Tuesday’s press conference at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium at 1200 N. Telegraph Road in Pontiac, Michigan. Join the online conversation during the event by following @OakGov on Twitter and by using #OaklandCounty. Continue reading