Tigers on the Wind: A Swallowtail Soirée

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) is one of the most elegant butterfly species that flutters above the meadows and flower gardens of Oakland County. They are not as much of a “media-hog” as our milkweed loving monarch butterflies, nor do they undertake long border crossing migrations, but as for their visibility in these waning days of August—the beautiful swallowtails win hands down.

Don’t get me wrong. I like monarchs and often attend our local monarch butterfly festivals, but our “tigers on the wind,” the eastern tiger swallowtails, barely get a public notice even with their nearly five-inch wing spans. Perhaps they should, for they are appearing in the urban areas of Novi, Pontiac, Royal Oak and Rochester, and as to be expected they are fluttering about rural fields and the wide open spaces of our Huron-Clinton Metro Parks, Oakland County Parks, and the expansive State Recreation Areas managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. It’s almost impossible to hike or bike down the Paint Creek, Polly Ann or Clinton River Trails on a sunny day without taking note of their mesmerizing appearance on trailside wildflowers. With those thoughts in mind, and no disrespect meant to the monarch lovers (count me among them) here’s a snapshot salute to the swallowtails, for in the world of nature all things are connected. Continue reading

Play Ball at Oakland County Dog Parks

Looking for a fun place to spend time with your canine kids? You’re in luck! The Oakland County area offers a variety of dog parks. You and your furry friend can have a great time at any one of the local dog parks playing, socializing, and exercising. View all the dog parks in Oakland County below:

List of Dog Parks in Oakland County

Whether you want to play ball at the Lyon Oaks Dog Park in Wixom, swim & doggie paddle at Orion Oaks Dog Park in Lake Orion, or take a stroll at William Grace Dog Park in Farmington Hills, there’s a park for you nearby.

Oakland County’s Parks and Recreation manages three dog parks, which are all open most of the year. See the list above for additional dog parks and details. Rain or shine, the parks are open and waiting to welcome you and your pup!


Do you know of any other dog parks in the Oakland County area? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, contact us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leave a comment below.

Visit the Oakland County website, and follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest for more news and fun year round. Join the conversation using #OaklandCounty.

Find a Farm in Oakland County

Fresh, seasonal produce can be found locally throughout the 25,000 acres of farmland in Oakland County. From Spring, Summer, and Fall look for fresh fruits and vegetables like asparagus, berries, corn, apples, and pumpkins-some you can even pick yourself! You can also find local alpaca wool, dairy, honey, and meat from local farms. Visit a farm stand, u-pick farm, or Community Supported Agriculture location to find fresh produce for you and your family to enjoy while supporting local farmers. Use our interactive map or list to find one near you.

List of Farms in Oakland County

Check out the Long Family Farm in Commerce for a taste of their ripe sweet corn, travel to the beautiful Middleton Berry Farm in Ortonville to pick a few berries on your own, or head on over to Guernsey Farms Dairy, in Northville, for flavorful ice cream! In addition, many of the farms allow day trips and visits for kids to learn all about what goes on in and around the barnyard. 

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Do you know of any other farms in the Oakland County area? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, contact us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leave a comment below.

Visit the Oakland County website, and follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest for more news and fun year round. Join the conversation using #OaklandCounty.

Breweries of Oakland County

For those who are twenty-one years old or older, there’s an array of breweries, vintners, distillers, and wineries all across Oakland County waiting to serve you. In recent years, these establishments have been sprouting up all over the county. Head on over to the River’s Edge Brewing Company on the Huron River in Milford and raise a glass of beer to good times, visit Hoffman Farms Winery in Highland for a sweet drink, or go to Rochester Mills in Rochester for handcrafted ales and lagers. 

We have compiled a vast list and map of all the breweries, wineries, meaderies, and more in Oakland County to help you plan your next visit to one of these locations; check it out below.

List & Map of Breweries in Oakland County

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