Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. this upcoming MLK Day on Monday, January 17th, by attending an event, in-person or virtually, or participating in a day of service. Observed as a national day of service, Martin Luther King Jr. Day encourages all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.
Learn more about the MLK Day of Service on their website, where you can also search for volunteer opportunities or register a project. Additionally, the United Way and Volunteer Match have additional resources and opportunities to make it a “day on, not a day off.”
“Each year, after the midwinter blizzards, there comes a night of thaw when the tinkle of dripping water is heard in the land. It brings strange stirrings, not only to creatures abed for the night, but to some who have been asleep for the winter. The hibernation skunk, curled up in his deep den, uncurls himself and ventures forth to prowl the wet world, dragging his belly in the snow. His tracks marks one of the earliest datable events in that cycle of beginning and ceasings we call a year.”
Aldo Leopold’s words in A Sand County Almanac highlight the science of phenology: the observation and study of the timing of periodic life cycle events of nature’s way that are influenced by climate and seasonal change. With those thoughts in mind, this special edition of the Wilder Side of Oakland County explores the monthly phenology of 2022.
Your furry friend needs a license, and now is the time to purchase or renew one for them. Michigan law requires all dogs four months of age and older to have a current dog license. Both one-year and three-year licenses are available for renewal or purchase at the Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center.
Five Reasons Why Your Pets Need to be Licensed
It’s the law since 1919
Licensed pets that go missing have a better chance of being found
It proves your ownership
It indicates that your pets’ rabies shots are up-to-date
Fees go toward the support of the Oakland County Pet Adoption Center
They have chisel-like front teeth, powerful legs, flexible ankle joints, furry paws, sharp claws, keen eyesight, sensitive whiskers, and they always have a multi-function colorful blanket at the ready. Their menu varies with the seasons, and December is their season for feasting on high-energy nuts and frosty tree fruits, and, of course, the seeds at your bird feeder. As I write these words, I’m watching one gnawing away at a black walnut from the security of a tree limb barely twenty feet from my door on the wilder side of Oakland County.
This holiday season, shop local in Oakland County for unique and meaningful gifts while supporting our small businesses, neighbors and friends.
“You can not only get great variety by shopping local, but you’re also supporting the local economy and the workers who are your neighbors, friends and family. And your dollars are staying in the local economy when you shop in these small businesses that are the binding threads in the fabric of our communities.”
-Oakland County Executive David Coulter
As you’re out and about, share a photo or video from where you are shopping and join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #ShopLocalOaklandTogether.