As Summer Sizzles On

Flowers near fence in the summer

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

“The ordinary citizen today assumes that science knows what makes the community clock tick; the scientist is equally sure that he does not. He knows that the biotic mechanism is so complex that its workings may never be fully understood.”Aldo Leopold

I take great pleasure in observing common place “little things” of nature’s way, even when I do not fully understand their every changing biotic mechanism. Perhaps, you, like me, also appreciate our small wonders of nature that draw our attention or just make us smile as the “clock” of the sizzling days of summer ticks on. I’m sharing a few from this past week.

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Fun at the Oakland County Fair

Ferris wheel and food stands at Oakland County Fair

The annual Oakland County Fair is here! From July 8-17, 2022, people from all across Michigan will be arriving on the fairgrounds at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg, Michigan to celebrate over a week of family-friendly fun. With a few new events, as well as many returning favorites, this year’s fair is surely going to be Oakland County’s hottest July destination spot.

Returning this year to the Oakland County Fair are the following fan-loved attractions:

  • The Big Rock Amusements Carnival, full of games, rides, and food.
  • Multiple barns of animals, daily presentations, and competitions.
  • The Safari Petting Zoo, populated with unique animals.
  • The Daily Pig Race, an exciting way to watch your favorite barnyard animals.
  • The High Dive, featuring springboard and tower diving with a pirate twist.
  • Monster Trucks, Figure 8 Racing, and Off-Road Derby for the motor enthusiasts!
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July is Park & Recreation Month in Oakland County

Two individuals using tube on River Ride at Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights

Join Oakland County Parks and Recreation to honor National Park and Recreation Month and shine a light on the essential role parks play in building strong, vibrant, and resilient communities countywide. This has proven especially true during the pandemic, when parks have served as a lifeline for people seeking respite in nature and outdoor activities.

It is also an opportunity to recognize the many dedicated parks and recreation professionals who work hard every day to maintain our county and community parks and to provide excellent recreation programming, services, and activities for Oakland County residents and visitors.

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Celebrate National Trails Day on an Oakland County trail

Two people walking on trail at Catalpa Oaks County Park in Southfield

Oakland County and its surrounding areas offer miles and miles of trails for your fitness and enjoyment on National Trails Day, June 4! It’s the perfect time to get outside and take a stroll, jog through a park, bike with friends, kick up some dirt at Holly Oaks ORV Park, saddle up on a horse, or paddle down a river. Whether you’re looking to get some vitamin D, exercise, or just want to enjoy some quiet time with nature, there’s no shortage of trails to meet your needs in Oakland County.

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Oakland County Mobile Boat Cleaning Stations Help Prevent Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

Mobile boat cleaning station at park

Oakland County is home to thousands of lakes and rivers our residents use for boating and paddling, fishing, and hunting. These outdoor activities can unintentionally disperse aquatic invasive species (AIS); non-native plants, animals, and other organisms that can harm our local economy, environment and even our health.

In the summer of 2020, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners established the Clean, Drain, Dry, Dispose (CD3) Pilot Program to raise awareness about the dangers of aquatic invasive species and to educate residents about how to help prevent the spread of these species in Oakland County waters.

The CD3 Pilot Program utilizes mobile boat cleaning stations to empower local water enthusiasts to better protect Oakland County waterways. These stations help users to clean, drain and dry their watercraft, and to dispose of any living organisms (plant or animal) that may be clinging to the crafts. With support from Oakland County Parks and Recreation, the pilot program ran for the final weeks of the 2020 boating season, throughout the 2021 season, and just launched for the 2022 season.

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