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Free wildlife and pollinator habitat workshops for landowners

Landowners looking to attract deer, songbirds, pheasants and pollinators like butterflies onto their property, while improving air, water and soil quality, are invited to attend one of several free workshops about the programs and tools available to help create quality wildlife habitat.

Michigan United Conservation Clubs – along with local conservation districts, Quality Deer Management Association branches, Pheasants Forever chapters, the National Wildlife Federation, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and many other partners – will hold a series of special habitat workshops around the Lower Peninsula this spring about how to plant, manage and fund grassland habitats on private land.

Grassland habitats provide significant value to wildlife and to Michigan citizens. They filter water, collect carbon to help clean the air and hold down soil to prevent erosion. They also provide homes and food for a variety of wildlife, including deer, songbirds, butterflies, turkeys, pheasants and insects like bees and butterflies that help pollinate important agricultural crops.

These workshops are hosted in part by the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative Coalition. The Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative is a conservation initiative to restore and enhance Michigan pheasant habitat, populations and hunting opportunities on private and public lands via pheasant cooperatives. The initiative works by acquiring state and federal resources to assist landowners in the cooperatives to improve wildlife habitat on their properties and by improving habitat on selected state game areas, recreation areas or other public lands.

Workshop details:

Barry County: Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m., Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 W. Cloverdale Road in Hastings

Branch County: Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m., Coldwater Township Hall, 319 Sprague Road in Coldwater

Cass County: Tuesday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m., Camp Friedenswald,15406 Watercress Way in Cassopolis

Clinton County: Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m., Smith Hall, 819 W Park St. in St Johns

Eaton County: Tuesday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m., USDA Service Center, 551 Courthouse Drive in Charlotte

Genesee County: Thursday, March 22, at 11:30 a.m., Asbury United Methodist Church, 1653 Davison Road in Flint

Gladwin/Midland counties: to be determined

Gratiot County: Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m., Gratiot-Isabella RESD, 1131 E. Center St. in Ithaca

Huron County: Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m., Rooster Ranch, 7480 Germania Road in Ubly

Ingham County: Monday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m., Wilson Talent Center, Rooms 505/506, 611 Hagadorn Road in Mason

Kent County: Wednesday, May 2, at 6 p.m., Eagle Park, Room 105, 3260 Eagle Park Drive NE in Grand Rapids

Lapeer County: Thursday, March 22, at 6 p.m., Hadley Old Town Hall, 3551 Hadley Road in Hadley

Mecosta County: Wednesday, April 25, at 6 p.m., Hinton Township Hall, 3 Mile Road/90th Avenue in Lakeview

Monroe County: Monday, April 2, at 5:30 p.m., Cabela’s, 110 Cabela’s Blvd. E. in Dundee

Muskegon County: to be determined
For more information and to register to attend a workshop, please visit www.mucc.org/pollinators. Please contact Anna Mitterling at amitterling@mucc.org or 517-346-6454 with additional questions.

For more information about the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative, visit www.michigan.gov/pheasant.