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Don’t miss out on Wildlife Weekend Jan. 31-Feb. 2

A black bear in the woods in Iron River, Michigan. People interested in learning all about bears—their habits, life cycle, ecological outlook and all the legend and lore—are invited to register for Wildlife Weekend, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, at the Ralph A. MacMullan Center on Higgins Lake in Roscommon County, Michigan.

Good conversation, hearty food, roaring fires and entertaining classes about the state’s natural history—it’s s all part of Wildlife Weekend, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, at the Ralph A. MacMullan Center on scenic Higgins Lake in Roscommon County.

The DNR and the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education have partnered to offer a fun learning experience that DNR education manager Kevin Frailey said is perfect for anyone 18 or older who loves the outdoors and wants to learn more about our natural world. Guests choose one of three learning tracks:

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education launched Wildlife Weekend in February 2019, an opportunity for everyday folks to understand more about Michigan’s great outdoors and the natural world around them. This is a group picture of the participants in the “Michigan, my Michigan” learning track.

Feathered Frenzy. When you look at a bird, can you tell what it eats? If it migrates? Whether it’s a good parent? Can a nest location tell you if the babies are helpless? Do you wonder how birds navigate south? Why some nest here and not in Florida? Join us for activities, media and a walk in the woods to get answers to these and other questions.

The Bear Facts. Bears are intelligent, love to eat and sleep and can outrun a racehorse! North America bruins—black, polar and brown—are mighty mammals surrounded by epic tales of danger, humor and legend. This class uses video, activities, cool props and discussion to cover biology, life cycles, lore, ecological outlook and bear safety basics.

Winter Omnibus. Ever wonder how to handle a winter survival situation? Learn survival basics that could come in handy! Try your hand at ice fishing on Higgins Lake, with all equipment (even some warmth) provided. You’ll also learn about snowshoes and how to choose the right pair. This class includes a snowshoe hike (shoes provided) through majestic Hartwick Pines State Park.

There will be plenty of free time to enjoy the scenery, explore trails or just get back in touch with nature. The weekend begins with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday, before the first class, and will run through noon Sunday. Get full Wildlife Weekend information and register online at https://tinyurl.com/wildlifeweekend.

Questions? Contact Kevin Frailey at 517-284-6043.

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