04/07/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/07/2020 17:30
Some of the items in this week's news digest reflect the impact of COVID-19 and how the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is adapting to meet customers' needs. Public health and safety are our biggest priorities, and we will continue to share news and information about the safest, and sometimes new, ways to enjoy our state's natural and cultural resources in this uncertain time.
Follow our DNR COVID-19 response page for FAQs and updates on facilities and closures/cancellations and stay up to date on the latest public health guidelines and news at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.
Here's a look at some of this week's stories:
See other news releases, Showcasing the DNR stories, photos and other resources at Michigan.gov/DNRPressRoom.
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Forests, fields, farmlands, backyards, neighborhoods and cities … coyotes can be found just about anywhere. These wily creatures may be more visible from January until March during their breeding season, and then also in the spring and summer months as they care for new pups.
Many residents have reported more frequent coyote sightings, probably due in part because coyotes can grow more comfortable living near people - particularly if there are nearby, easy-access food sources available. Smaller mammals, like mice and rabbits, are a coyote's main source of food.
Do your part to discourage coyotes from visiting your neighborhood and reduce potential conflicts by:
With Michigan's school-age children now home for the rest of the school year, a lot of families are looking for educational activities and resources to fill the learning gap. DNR educators, with help from many partner organizations, pulled together an extensive list of links and materials focused on the outdoors and history that offer a variety of opportunities for at-home education and fun. These resources are available at Michigan.gov/NatureAtHome.
'DNR educators are here to share natural resources and Michigan history information and to engage students, teachers and families to explore the outdoors and our state's heritage,' said Kevin Frailey, DNR Education Services manager. 'We have already heard from teachers telling us how they're using the resources in their online lessons with their students. This webpage is a way to keep the learning going while we're all staying home and staying safe.'
The webpage includes:
Every month, the DNR holds public meetings around the state to provide Michigan residents with opportunities to share their ideas and ask questions about policy decisions, programs and other aspects of natural resources management and outdoor recreation opportunities. To help carry out Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's 'Stay Home, Stay Safe' Executive Order and further protect the health and safety of residents and staff, the DNR has changed some April meetings to teleconference or virtual meetings and canceled others.
Frequently check the DNR boards, commissions, committees and councils webpages for updates. If you need assistance connecting with a DNR program or public body not listed on that page, please contact [email protected].