MACD News Blog


Monday, March 19, 2012

Tuesday, March 20 is first day of spring!  With the weather we are having in southern Michigan, spring has a significant jump start, with the daffodils blooming and the wetlands a chorus of song from Michigan's frogs and toads and many species of birds.   I encourage you to take a moment this week to visit a wetland near you to listen and see if you can name the species that are singing the songs of spring.  

An easy way to get started is to learn to identify Michigan's frogs and toads.  With only 13 native species of frogs and toads, they are easy to learn.  In early spring, only a few are calling and in my local wetland I have been able to identify four species at the time of this writing.

There are many resources available to help you learn the about our native frogs and toads and their songs.  The Michigan DNR web site (LINK) has detailed information on Michigan's frogs and toads and you can hear recordings of their songs by visiting the MSU Remote Environmental Assessment Laboratory web site (LINK).  For those die hard frog and toad enthusiasts the DNR Frog and Toad Survey provides a fun spring and early summer project.  Participants document frog and toad abundance and distribution, helping the state to monitor populations over the long term. To learn more about this program, visit the Michigan DNR Frog and Toad Survey page, (LINK)

Your local Conservation District is also a resource for printed materials and identification guides.  Many Districts have available for sale identification books and audio CDs with pictures, descriptions and quality recordings of Michigan's native frogs and toads so you can take your guides with you as you visit your local wetlands.

Have fun and happy listening!


MACD to Participate in Michigan Pheasants Forever's State Convention

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

MACD plans to participate in the 17th annual state convention of Michigan Pheasants Forever, scheduled for Saturday, February 4 at the Eagle Eye Golf Club in Bath, Michigan.    As a partner organization, MACD will provide a partner report on the programs and activities of Michigan Conservation Districts and will share with participants the critical role Conservation Districts play in the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative.  

See you there!

learn more about the event (LINK)



MAEAP Meets 1,000 Verifications Goal!

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program this week reached 1,000 verifications!

Reaching this 1,000 verification milestone tops off a year of significant accomplishments for the program.  We began 2011 with Governor Snyder signing Public Acts 1 and 2 of 2011 to codify MAEAP into law.  That action was followed by a major effort within MDARD and partner organizations to review and update MAEAP standards, ramp up public outreach and marketing and most importantly focus efforts on the local level to educate farmers on the many benefits of MAEAP.  Michigan Conservation Districts took the lead locally, doing what they do best:  working one on one within their communities to provide the education and assistance to move farmers toward the goal of MAEAP verification.

Thank you to everyone who has worked within the MAEAP framework to achieve this 1,000 verification goal.  Over the last decade we have built a solid, well respected program and have moved the program forward to achieve the significant accomplishments that we celebrate today. 

Wow - just think what we will be able to accomplish in the future!   

MACD Summer Region Meetings Scheduled

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The MACD Summer Region Meetings are being throughout Michigan beginning on July 26 in Region 9.  All ten regions will be holding a meeting, hosted by a Conservation District within the region. 

To find your region's meeting information, visit the MACD Summer Region Meeting page on the MACD website!