Remington Hunting Rifle Giveaway

2 Chances to WIN

Allband Center for Education, Wildlife & Research (ACEWR) is giving away a Remington hunting rifle! In fact, there are 2 ways to enter your name into the raffle and WIN.

ACEWR recently hosted a wildlife & habitat management meeting. The discussion included ways hunt clubs, associations and landowners in the area can work together. Working together to find strategic solutions will make our Northeastern Michigan region better and improve hunting. The Wildlife & Habitat Management Meeting is posted live on our facebook page.

To enter the raffle:

  1. FACEBOOK – Comment on our LIVE VIDEO of the Wildlife & Habitat Management Meeting Part 1 or Part 2 on our facebook page. Commenting on the video will enter your name into the rifle giveaway. Find the video here: LIVE VIDEO and don’t forget to LIKE and SHARE our facebook page HERE.
  1. INTEREST FORM – Fill out our ACEWR INTEREST FORM and submit it for another entry into the drawing. The interest form is an opportunity for you to tell us what areas of interest concern you and what questions you might have. Find the interest form HERE.

ACEWR is utilizing Allband’s thousands of acres of coverage and over 400 miles of fiber to help the environment in new ways. The technological infrastructure in rural Northeast Michigan creates a rare opportunity for ACEWR to bring create solutions to rural community issues.

Thank you for watching our Wildlife & Habitat Management Meeting and entering to win the rifle! Please engage on our facebook page and continue to be a part of the movement to create a better environment.

Don’t forget to check into our Facebook page on November 1st to watch to drawing of the rifle!

 

Tips to Avoid Problems With Geese

The Popular Canadian Goose

Are you sick and tired of geese making a mess of your yard? They are so plentiful in Michigan, that many people view geese as pests. But did you know that Canadian geese were once a rare sight in our state? It might be hard to imagine, but in the 1950s the giant Canadian geese were nearly extinct because of unregulated over hunting and wetland habitat loss.

The increase in the Canadian geese population is due to successful wildlife management programs and the adaptability of these birds. Geese are attracted to areas that provide food, water and protection. Urban and suburban areas with neatly manicured lawns nears lakes and ponds area ideal for geese to obtain all the resources they need.

Here are some tips from the DNR on how to keep geese away from your yard:

  • Make your yard less attractive to geese by allowing the grass to grow long and refrain from fertilizing or watering it.
  • Use scare tactics like bird-scare balloons, loud noises and mylar tape to make unwanted geese leave the area.
  • Apply repellents to the lawn to deter geese from feeding on the grass. Grape concentrate is useful for yards and turf.
  • In June and July, Canada geese are unable to fly because they are molting. Construct a temporary barrier between your yard and the water to keep flightless geese out.
  • Do not feed Canada geese. Artificial feeding can habituate them as well as harm their digestive system. Bread products are not beneficial to waterfowl survival.
  • Be aware of your surroundings when visiting parks and areas near water. Canada geese are protective of their nests and hatchlings. Do not disturb them or get too close.

The geese are so adaptable they can live close to humans and get accustom to any scare tactics, so it is best to keep them guessing! Although many find geese annoying, with some patience and understanding we can learn to find the beauty and respect the perseverance of these birds!

Article and Photo Reference: Michigan DNR

Forging Our Own Way

Allband Communications Connecting Communities

Allband Communications was recently featured in an article showcasing the story of how Allband got started over 10 years ago in the north woods of Michigan.

The article was published on MuniNetworks.org, an organization that aids broadband movement by providing resources to build broadband networks directly accountable to the communities they serve. They work with communities across the United States to create policies to ensure telecommunications networks serve the community, rather than the community serving the network.

The goal of Allband Communications has always been to improve and serve communities by providing much needed connectivity. It is an honor to be noticed by MuniNetworks.org and featured in a story.

Do you know Allband’s unique story? The new products and services introduced over the past 10 years? The work and mission of the non-profit Allband Center for Education, Wildlife and Research?

Check out the full article here.

Picture in Spruce, Michigan, courtesy of Homes.com.

Wings of Wonder

Wings of Wonder is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raptor education, raptor rehabilitation and raptor research. Please visit our website WingsofWonder.org to lend your support or learn more.

Watch video:

https://www.facebook.com/105315512891121/videos/1309100359179291/

2017 Winter Free Fishing Weekend

DNR News

Grab a fishing rod and enjoy some of the finest fishing Michigan has to offer during the 2017 Winter Free Fishing Weekend, set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19. On those two days, everyone – residents and non-residents alike – can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations still apply.

During #MiFreeFishingWeekend, the DNR also will waive the regular Recreation Passport entry fee that grants vehicle access to Michigan’s 103 state parks and recreation areas. Several of these locations will host official 2017 Winter Free Fishing Weekend events perfect for the whole family.

Michigan has celebrated winter’s #MiFreeFishingWeekend every year since 1994 as a way to promote awareness of the state’s vast aquatic resources. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams, and 11,000 inland lakes – Michigan and fishing are a perfect match.

“There’s nothing better than bundling up and heading out on the ice for Michigan’s annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend,” said Jim Dexter, DNR Fisheries Division chief. “For those avid anglers, we encourage you to take someone out who has never experienced winter fishing to show them how simple and fun it can be.

Official winter #MiFreeFishingWeekend activities are being scheduled in communities across the state to assist with public participation. These activities are coordinated by a variety of organizations including constituent groups, schools, local and state parks, businesses and others. A full list of these events can be found online at michigan.gov/freefishing.

Even ducks are employable…

Business Insider Story & Video:  A South African vineyard employs a flock of 900 ducks to keep its grounds in pristine condition

They race to work every day!

 

 

 

 

 

Goodbye honey, got to go to work at the vineyard…

 

 

 

 

 

Story by Tony Manfred and editing by Ben Nigh, Apr. 2016

 

We have a new baby eaglet! Congratulations Harriet!

One of two baby American bald eagles broke free of its shell and was captured chirping Saturday morning on a live-stream of their nest that has been viewed by millions.

Eagle mom Harriet and mate M15 welcomed their offspring, known as E9, or eaglet 9, at 7:33 a.m. ET, according to the real estate company hosting the webcam.

Eagle Cam Live Feed

The 2016-2017 season is the fifth season Dick Pritchett Real Estate has provided the live look into this Southwest Florida nest. This season we will again catch all the action using three cameras that film the birds 24/7 and stream live video directly to this site.

http://www.dickpritchettrealestate.com/eagle-feed.html

Camera #1 is positioned six feet above the nesting tree and is equipped with night vision or infrared light, which emits no actual light. Nor does it make any noise. The birds do not see or hear anything coming from the camera. Camera #2 is located approximately 60 feet from the nest and has the ability to capture images of the nest action outside the view of Camera #1. (See diagram right for picture of cam locations) Both cameras are environmentally friendly, non-intrusive and positioned to offer the best view of the nest and birds while preserving the pristine beauty of the nest and their surroundings.

A third camera (Cam #3) is installed closer to the north of the pond, to capture activity happening around the pasture and in the pond area.

•The original adult bald eagles pair, known as Ozzie and Harriet, had been coming to this nest since 2006. After Ozzie’s passing in the early fall of 2015, Harriet & M15 bonded in late fall of 2015. This is their second season as a mated pair at this location.
• While spotted most months out the year in the area, they officially reside in this nest between the months of October and May.
• The nest sits 60 feet above the ground, in a Slash Pine tree. In the Spring of 2016, the nest detrioriated and completely fell apart. This season, if they re-build, will be a brand new nest for this couple.
• The nest camera faces South East.
• The pair relocated the nest from across the street to its current location for the 2006-2007 nesting season. This nest is labeled LE026-B of the Florida State Monitoring Program. It has been monitored at this location for 8 years.