Spread Warmth this Winter with Coats for the Cold

The warmth of your generosity could help those less-fortunate this winter. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is accepting donations of new or clean, used coats through November 30th as part of their 30th annual “Coats for the Cold” coat drive.

Donated coats will be sent to a variety of local charitable organizations, who in turn distribute the coats to community members most in need.

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October Splendor, Adventure, Awareness and Safety

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

The splendor of October swept into Oakland County on schedule with traces of frost on the first day of the month. Hours of daylight are shortening, but opportunities for trailside adventure and colorful kayaking adventures are increasing. It’s a month of cider-making, corn mazes and pumpkin hunting. October is the time to watch geese high overhead, listen to trumpeting of Sandhill Cranes, and celebrate Eastern Bluebirds beneath a clear blue sky. Set out an autumn bird bath, and it just may lure these beautiful birds, and a House Finch or two, as quickly as late season wildflowers lure honey bees. The days of October are in a word, glorious for all that love nature’s way and the hundreds of miles of trails that enrich our county and increase accessibility to our woodlands, wildlands and parks. Continue reading

Make Fall Running Season Your Best Yet!

Some say the fall is the best season to be a runner! With cooler temps on the way, and beautiful leaves changing color, running can seem like more of a treat than a chore. In fact, many people fall in love with running at this special time of year.

Take a look at our list of Fall Running Events before you hit the pavement. Signing up for a race now can help get you motivated and ready for the change in season. You’ll find events for every ability, including full marathons, mile walks, fun runs, and more.

Walking and running are great for the heart, mind, and whole body! Be sure to follow these simple tips for safe running.

  • Warm up – especially in cooler weather
  • Check the weather before you head out
  • Invest in proper footwear
  • Plan for daylight saving time
  • Dress in layers
  • Hydrate

Planning ahead for your next race? Visit our Spring and Summer Running Events pages to find walks and runs happening in and around Oakland County.


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Eastern Bluebirds On the Dawn of Summer

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.

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