Author Archives: Tanya Cabala

August 5 – Healthy Shoreline Flora

It was a perfect and gorgeous summer day at Duck Lake State Park — one of many warm and sunny days we were fortunate to have in the White Lake area.  We had about 30 or so people who joined me and guide, expert botanist and photographer, Patricia Pennell.  Continue reading

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July 1 – Finding Nature in the City

It was a very nice and sunny day on the bike path in Montague, and very pleasant in the shade.  About 35 walkers, including children, decided to see what nature they could find in the city, with the help of … Continue reading

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June 3 – A Walk in Paradise

About twenty of us parked along the side of a quiet country road and walked down into Paradise Valley in the Owasippe Scout Reservation, a fantastical fern land, in the center of an old growth forest. We were quickly filled … Continue reading

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August 3, Taking Your Best Nature Photo Ever

We were at beautiful scenic Duck Lake State Park for our nature photo session walk this summer.  Patricia Pennell, doubly talented as a botanist and professional photographer, gave us her best tips on creating nature photos, and promised us if … Continue reading

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August 2016, “Take Your Best Nature Walk Photo Ever” Photo Contest

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Well, guide Patricia Pennell had a great idea to accompany our August walk and nature walks tips session – a photo contest for participants! We had four submissions: two from Richard Jakus and two from Sarah Leybourne.  Since our informal … Continue reading

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July 2, Discovering Lost Lake

On this walk, we had an all-time record high number of attendees in all ten years of our nature walk program –  almost 90 people!  It was another warm and beautiful day, a lovely Michigan summer holiday weekend. Our guide … Continue reading

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June 4, Owasippe Bog Hike

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A bog is a bog until it is proven to be a prairie fen.  That is what happened on our walk at the Owasippe Scout Reservation’s Camp Reneker with horticulturist Connie Crancer. The day was without compare.  Warm, but not … Continue reading

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October 3, Sand Protection and Ecology

Any time I get a chance to be in dunes and talk about them, I look forward to it! I was very glad to be the guide for this hike, in White River Township’s Dune Sanctuary, to focus on the … Continue reading

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September 5, What Makes a Forest Work

I don’t think anybody who participated in this walk will ever look at a forest in the same way again.  Dave Wilson, a certified forester, who was our guide at Clear Springs Nature Preserve, encouraged us to ask questions as … Continue reading

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August 1, More Than an Arboretum:  A Dunal Forest Ecology—Part 2

As I expected, our guide, Doug Paprocki, did not disappoint, and we had another very interesting and educational hike in his duneland forest.  Again this year, Doug set up educational stations throughout his planned route. Last year, we had nearly … Continue reading

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