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Dr. Bob Birding…..Latest Report

November 21, 2011

Today was the first time Judy and I visited any of the Oakland County Parks! We went to Independence Oaks (IO) for the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) talk.

Interesting, especially since we go to many local parks quite often and I have lived in Oakland County for over 20 years … I suspect the three main reasons I never visited:  1) that the annual cost ($30 – no – I now see it is $22 for seniors) is more than the $12 senior rate we enjoy paying every year for access to all of the Metro Parks; 2) the parks seem to be farther away (geez! Oakland County is large!) and I perceived them to be smaller and less inviting than the Metro Parks;  3) no one ever talks about them (you need some “bird-reporting heroes”!).

Before the meeting today, we drove the short roads there and hiked a bit. We saw few birds (except at the NC feeders), but noted that there was a tremendous amount of fishing access! On the website tonight, I learned that only non-motorized boats are allowed. Great! Certainly, fishing access will be included in our plans for next year. We also noted the relatively huge number of BBQ grills available in interesting locations. Yes, a picnic may also be planned – I haven’t bought charcoal for years and it will be fun. And, of course, the park map shows many hiking trails that need exploration – especially starting at the NC!

Indeed OC parks (based on only this one park) may indeed need exploration!

Anyway, all of the above are just “rambles” to thank Kathleen (OC Park staff and a CBC contributor for many years) and local IO staff for the OC Parks hospitality. Pass it up the chain “kid” – kudos to you! Great hospitality! (And so cool that even with very few pre-registrations, chairs needed to be added for the talk! It was a great turnout!)

Actually what I wanted to write about was my total joy and fascination with seeing the team from Oakland Audubon Society give such an interesting talk! Three teachers (Ed Lewandowski, Don Burlett, and Scott Jennex) were tag-teaming to present an event that not only engaged me, but also Judy. I truly suspect y’all “hooked” many more future birders! I never saw any of you speak in public before, and witnessed three teachers (in the true sense!) share your passion for birds with the general public. So great! And yes, the birding hook in my mouth is even more firmly embedded.

Nuff said – great job guys!

And it was really nice to finally meet you, Scott – the mythical eBird Michigan master lister! I already knew the other teachers were crazy …We had great fun!   (Geez!  I just gotta get out more with the birding community in SE Michigan!)

“Dr. Bob” Setzer

Streamwood Estates, Rochester Hills (Crooks & Hamlin), Oakland County

“Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day.”   Teaching a man to “bird” is much harder!


Latest ANIMAL TRACKS ID sheets

January 21, 2011

Just finished the latest version of our Michigan Animal Tracks ID sheets. It is a two page file, that covers most of the upland forest animals and stream side critters as well. These are the most common animal tracks we see, here in Southeastern Michigan.

This two page ID sheets will be given yo all in attendance of our Wilcox-Warned HIKE on 1/29/11. We hope you will find these ID sheets helpful in your winter hiking and exploring. It is great fun for all ages, to examine what kind of wildlife is roaming the areas we Hike in.

Download the ANIMAL TRACKS ID sheets here:



June 14, 2010

We had a great time at the first annul GET OUTDOORS Day Event at Greenfield Village. The US Forest Service sponsored this Event and many of the Parks and outdoor organizations where there. So was the real Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl.

This was the first time in a couple of years that Hiking Michigan has pulled out the Event equipment and displays for a show. It was nice to talk to people wandering the Event. Forgot how much fun that was. Kathy from the Village staff led the Hike for us, to Oxbow Island. She was fantastic, and it was a pleasure to have her there.

We all had great fun that afternoon, ending in us sitting and watching a 1800s baseball game, sipping Root-beer. Now that was a wonderful ending to and exciting day.


Watch our PARKS & Places

March 2, 2010

As the money dries up in Michigan and many other states, it is very important for the people of the state of Michigan to have a watchful eye on the people we have handed control and operations of our parks and natural places too. Many are doing everything they can to keep our parks open and functioning in a prosperous way, even with the hard times we all are in.

BUT….there are a few that are using these hard times for their own personal gains. We hope this Blog and posts from all you good Michigan people will help squelch some of these few people who think bad times, mean good times for themselves.

Please make us all aware of something you may be seeing or have watched happen to one of our Parks or Natural places, that is just not quite right. Make the post anonymously or email me personally and I will make the post for you. Keeping all the people of our beautiful state connected to one another on what is going on, is a very powerful tool. For the GOOD. And to stop the BAD.


Help us with our PARKS Picture program

March 2, 2010

On our FLICKR page, we are slowly putting together pictures for every park in S.E.Michigan. Just to give everyone a chance to see some of the beautiful places that are so close to home. Join in and send us some of your Park photos. Doesn’t matter if you see that park listed yet on the FLICKR page, we are putting all the folders together and will use your photos to help show everyone our beautiful southeastern Michigan Parks.

Either send me an email with picture attachments or sign up on the Hiking Michigan FLICKR page and we have left it open for you to add your pictures to any of the folders of various Parks already listed there. We can really make a nice place for people to come and explore some of the special places in these Parks and maybe get more people out on the Trails, and in the waters of S.E. Michigan Parks.

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