A Head Start Program for Turtles

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The Detroit Zoo (located in Royal Oak) is 90 miles south of the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw County.  But for 27 young Blanding’s turtles that slid from warm human hands into the cool duckweed-coated backwaters of the Shiawassee at the end of August, that journey to freedom took two years. These turtles were saved from near certain consumption by raccoons when they were still yummy munchies in their eggs. Multiple agencies worked on the project, a reminder to all who appreciate the wilder side of nature that all things are connected.

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Independence Oaks Beach Dog Swim

It’s hard to believe, but the summer of 2014 is coming to a close. It’s certainly been a busy summer, with plenty of fun family-friendly activities to do all across Oakland County. And what better way to wrap up summer than hittin’ the water one last time with man’s best friend?

Join Oakland County Parks & Recreation as they host a Camp Bow Wow Beach Dog Swim at Independence Oaks Beach on Saturday, September 13th, from noon until 3:55pm. This dog swim allows dogs of all sizes to celebrate the end of summer by splashing around and taking a dip with several of their fellow furry friends!

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