Wonderful Woodpeckers of Winter’s Approach

woodpecker on tree branch

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

It goes without saying that if you spend the day constantly hitting your forehead against a tree trunk, you will end up with a severe headache, at the very least. A concussion or brain injury may be more likely, but that’s not so for a woodpecker. Woodpeckers can spend all day pounding their heads against tree trunks at 20 times per second in search of hidden grubs and hibernating bugs and then come back for more pounding the next day. The activity is so fast that the human eye does not even notice that with each successful pounding, a woodpecker’s beak penetrates the bark, and its long sticky tongue zips in and out, snagging hidden insects and larvae.

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Gifts of the Glaciers

glacial boulder on grass

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Oakland County is a landscape created by the incredible power of glaciers. Glacial erratics are perhaps the most intriguing of all our glacial landforms, but the name “erratic” often causes confusion for those unaware of our natural history and the science behind glacial geology. It should not be, for in reality, there is nothing mysterious about those two words: glacial erratic, when they are used in combination. Glacial erratics are rocks and boulders of any size that were scraped up from the earth, or fractured from bedrock by a glacier, and then carried by the glacier, and finally deposited in an erratic fashion as the glaciers melted and retreated. That event last occurred during the end of the Pleistocene Epoch about 13,000 years ago, a time we refer to as the Ice Age. It was the time glaciers covered much of our planet and created the landforms and lakes of present-day Oakland County.

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2020 NoHaz Collection Days

Let Oakland County’s NoHaz Collection team help you safely dispose of household hazardous materials ranging from pesticides, paints, air fresheners, propane cylinders, cleaning solutions, prescription medicines, and more.

You’d be surprised just how many everyday items are considered hazardous waste. Do you have an item you’re unsure about? View lists of accepted and non-accepted materials in the FAQ section of Advantage Oakland’s NoHaz web page, or call the NoHaz Hotline at 248-858-5656.

2020 NoHaz Collection Dates and Locations

All events will be held from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, September 26th

Oakland County Service Center Campus
1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac

Saturday, October 10th

Oakland County Service Center Campus
1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac

Due to COVID-19, you are asked to register ahead of time for this event to reduce interaction with workers, and reduce your wait time. Register online at NoHaz.Eventbrite.com.

To help accelerate the drop-off process:

  • Pre-register at NoHaz.Eventbrite.com
  • Separate materials in your trunk, trailer or truck bed into three types:
    1) Paint
    2) Electronics
    3) Other household hazardous waste.*
  • Clearly separate items brought for disposal from other possessions in your car.
  • Bring acceptable materials only; liquids must be in leakproof
    5-gallon containers or smaller.
  • Bring residential waste only, no business, institution or contractor waste.
  • Present your driver’s license or other proof of residency, and your ticket (either printed or on a mobile device).
  • Remain in your vehicle at all times.
  • Wear a mask when interacting with volunteers.

In 2020, residents of all member communities may participate in NoHaz Collection Events for free.Residents of non-member communities may participate in NoHaz Collection Events for a $60 fee, paid by cash or check at the event. Contact your city, village or township offices to see if another disposal program is available to you; or refer to the map to see what disposal options may be offered in your community: 2020 Program Map

By choosing to safely dispose of potentially hazardous household materials, you’re also choosing to protect your friends, family, and neighborhood from harmful chemicals and other dangers.

For more information on the NoHaz Household Hazardous Waste program, visit AdvantageOakland.com and follow along with them on Facebook and  Twitter.


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The Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 10K & 5K is Going VIRTUAL

The 13th running of The Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 10K & 5K races is going VIRTUAL!

“Since it began 13 years ago, the McLaren Brooksie Way has been one of the most popular fall half marathons in Michigan. The pandemic has forced us to change the race this year and we understand as the health and safety of our participants, volunteers and spectators is always our top priority.”

Race Director Deb Flynn

The Brooksie Way will allow runners and walkers to have fun and support programs that encourage a healthy, fit, and active lifestyle. This year’s race allows runners and walkers to complete their chosen race anytime and anywhere within two weeks of September 27th.

“I know there are many dedicated runners, walkers, families and even spectators who look forward to the Brooksie Way each year. The pandemic has changed our routines and many of the events and celebrations we normally enjoy have been cancelled, delayed or altered. We are fortunate that Brooksie Way organizers have found a healthy, safe way for us to participate in the race. I encourage everyone to pick their favorite route, make sure the weather is nice and enjoy a healthy run or walk with family or friends.”

Oakland County Executive David Coulter

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Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds as Summer Wanes

black and red hummingbird

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

The shortening hours of daylight as summer’s end draws near has accelerated activity of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds that have again honored me, and perhaps you, with their beautiful iridescent colors, incredible flight patterns, and pleasing presence. From the moment of dawn’s early light until dusk, they are constantly flitting between my suction cup window feeder, an array of potted flowers, and a hanging feeder in my rustic arbor.

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