According to David Eggert, Michigan government/politics correspondent for the Associated Press, the judge said there is evidence that if flavored vaping products are banned in Michigan, adults will return to using more harmful combustible tobacco products.
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Two men from New Boston admitted to shooting and killing a 2-year-old female bald eagle in a wooded area near the Bear Creek access site on the Manistee River in Brown Township on Saturday.
DNR conservation officers found the eagle after it had been shot and transported to Wings of Wonder, a raptor education, rehabilitation and research facility in Leelanau County.
Staff there evaluated the eagle, determined it would not be able to survive surgery, and euthanized it Monday afternoon.
“The pellets caused multiple fractures in both of her wings, some of which had completely shattered some of the bones,” said Rebecca Lessard, Wings of Wonder executive director. “There was just too much damage; she was not a surgical candidate.”
(Photo: Wings of Wonder)
Local fishing guides witnessed the incident and immediately reported it to the DNR Report All Poaching hotline around 8:40 a.m. Saturday.
“I commend the tipsters who reported this crime immediately,” said Chief Gary Hagler, DNR Law Enforcement Division. “They did the right thing.”
According to the DNR, the two guides said that they saw the eagle flying, heard a gunshot and then saw the eagle fall from the sky.
The guides reported seeing the two men, ages 53 and 24, who shot the eagle, about 100 yards away, picking up decoys from the ground. One of the guides approached one of the suspects and was able to get his identification. The suspect reportedly said they knew they had “messed up.”
Sheriff’s deputies and conservation officers arrived at the access site and were able to contact the two suspects as they were attempting to leave.
DNR says they have obtained full confessions from the men.
“They said they saw the bird coming across the sun and thought it was a goose,” Conservation Officers Steve Converse said. “After they shot it, they realized it wasn’t a goose. When they walked away, they knew it was still alive but claimed they had no phone service so they couldn’t call to report the eagle.”
One of the river guides escorted officers about 1.5 miles downriver from the access site to where the guides believed the eagle went down.
The officers hiked about 150 yards up a hill, where they found the eagle crawling on the ground just east of the intersection of Kettner and River roads. One of the sheriff’s deputies provided a dog crate to transport the eagle to Wings of Wonder.
The DNR said it will submit its report to the Manistee County prosecutor’s office to determine if charges will be authorized.
If you witness or suspect a natural resource violation, call or text the Report All Poaching hotline at 800-292-7800. Dispatchers are available 24/7. Learn more about Michigan’s conservation officers at Michigan.gov/ConservationOfficers.
Fall colors seen in Huron Township. (Archive photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)
Causes, common misconceptions, and opportunities to enjoy the annual fall show
Submitted by: Huron-Clinton Metroparks
As the leaves begin their annual autumn color change, there’s no better time to get out and explore the beautiful natural scenery in Michigan. Typically, peak season to experience fall colors in southeast Michigan is around mid-October. But the reason behind nature’s annual show is a mystery to many.
“There’s nothing like the vibrant colors of autumn in Michigan,” said Amy McMillan, Director at the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority. “Everywhere you look is a one-of-a-kind color palette. While it’s beautiful to witness, it’s also an essential process to protect our trees. It helps ensure that trees are prepared to survive the upcoming winter.”
The simple answer behind the color change is declining daylight, which signals to trees that winter is coming. Leaves get their green color from chlorophyll that is produced through photosynthesis. When the days shorten, the process slows. Veins that connect leaves to the tree to share nutrients and water are eventually closed off and no new chlorophyll is produced. Other sugars like carotenoid can then shine through to show off the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows associated with autumn.
“The colors are there the whole time,” said Kevin Arnold, Southern District Interpretive Supervisor at the Metroparks. “As the days shorten, they finally get the opportunity to shine through as chlorophyll production slows and eventually stops. It’s a common misconception that cold weather is the key factor for the color change. Shorter days actually have the greatest influence. It’s also a safety mechanism for trees. Trees store nutrients to ensure growth in spring. By sealing off the leaves, trees are able to retain the needed nutrients in their roots.”
After they are sealed off, leaves eventually are shed from the tree. Many people think the show ends there as the leaves should then be raked and bagged. However, this is another common misconception. It’s not actually necessary to rake leaves. In fact, fallen leaves are good for the soil. They form a protective layer on the ground that helps release and retain nutrients, which supports a strong ecosystem.
While a variety of factors make it hard to pinpoint when exactly peak color season will occur, there are many reports that work to predict when it will hit. Visitors looking to experience peak fall colors canlearn more here.
As that time quickly approaches here in southeast Michigan, it’s also important to be aware of the best places to get out and see the brilliant colors. The Metroparks have opportunities for individuals and families to explore on their own or take part in group activities. With 13 Metroparks across five counties in southeast Michigan, there are many chances to enjoy the show.
“The colors of autumn make it one of the best seasons to get out and explore your local parks. And there’s plenty of chances to do so across the Metroparks, whether you’re a photographer looking to capture the scenes or a family who wants to spend a Saturday enjoying the colors,” said McMillan.