Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Family Outdoors News for July 9, 2013

Michigan Outdoor News

The Michigan DNR is sponsoring a series of SCUBA diving clinics.  Cost is $35 if you pre-register or $50 at the door.  The class includes in the water instruction and led by certified instructors.  The next session is on July 23 and 24 in Traverse City.  Call 231-922-5270 for info. On August 6 and 7 there will be a class at  Leelanau State Park.  Call 231-386-5422  for more info on this one.  The final opportunity will be at  Petoskey State Park.  Call  Petoskey State Park to get info.  All of these course are through the Fresh Air Fit program and all of their info is at http://www.michigan.gov/freshfit.

Doug Reeves with Michigan DNR wrote a very interesting article about a beautiful flower called Showy Lady Slippers, a member of the Orchid family.  Apparently this flower is becoming hard to find in Michigan's UP.  His article is at http://goo.gl/uCrn0

UFWS is reporting on the positive benefits of the improved environmental health of the Great Lakes Region.  They wrote an interesting article on how this has impacted bald eagles in central Michigan.  The article is at http://goo.gl/MjxEw, or if you'd prefer to watch a YouTube video on it, go to http://youtu.be/dt68xIB0nIU or http://youtu.be/NXPFLSi3c0g.

North Dakota Outdoor News

North Dakota is revising their sage grouse management plan and is accpting comments on the draft of the proposal until August 1.  The plan can be found at http://gf.nd.gov/.

Between July 19th and 27th, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department will be on display in Minot at the state fair.  Their exhibit will be staffed between 1 pm and 7pm and is located on the north end of the grounds near the All Seasons Arena.

There are still openings for the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program August 9-11.  It's at Lake Metigoshe State Park, Bottineau and more info and registration form is at http://goo.gl/qs25Z.

North Dakota Game and Fish Department is planning to remove fish chemically at Danzig Dam and the Storm Creek watershed in Morton County. They plan to use rotenone.  The reason they state for doing this is so they can reintroduce the fish that they wish to have stocked minus competition from fish they do not want in the waters.


Oklahoma Outdoor News

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is soliciting volunteers to assist at Lake Texoma in a fishing program for kids with severe illnesses.  The dates are July 11 and 13th, so let them know right away if you can help.  You can get more info and register to volunteer at http://goo.gl/be4dd.

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

A program to alleviate water quality and quantity issues on the trout fishery below the Lake Tenkiller Dam on the Lower Illinois River has been entered into by several partnering organizations including Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Army Corp of Engineers, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, and various sportsman groups.  To read the full details visit http://goo.gl/2YJem.

Starting July 10th, hunters who applied for controlled hunts can check the results at http://wildlifedepartment.com/.

South Dakota Outdoor News
As always, SD has a lot going on in their State Parks.  Upcoming events include Nature Day Camps, Open Fishing Events, History Hikes, Dutch Oven Classes, and much more.  Their events calendar can be accessed at http://gfp.sd.gov/calendar.aspx.

A reminder to SD goose hunters.  Your applications are due on July 10th.  To apply, go to http://goo.gl/B9ERS.