09-05-2019 Outdoors

Coloma Rod & Gun Club

The Coloma Rod & Gun Club will hold their monthly CPL Class on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Class registration is held on Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The class is taught by a certified NRA and RSO instructor and the cost of the class is $105. Call Andrew at 351-2051 or 944-7802. For more information on the CPL classes or Hunter Safety Classes, email inquiry@colomarodandgunclub.com.

Watervliet Rod & Gun Club

The Watervliet Rod and Gun Club will hold their monthly CCW classes on September 12 and 14, 2019. Registration is on September 10, 2019, between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. and cost of the class is $100. They will have a lawyer explaining the law pertaining to concealed carry during class. Please call (269) 468-3837 or (269) 470-9191 for more information.

DNR makes 40th cougar report confirmation

Biologists from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ cougar team confirmed this week the 40th cougar report in Michigan since 2008. “This latest cougar confirmation came from a trail camera set up on public land in Delta County,” said Cody Norton, large-carnivore specialist with the DNR’s bear and wolf program. The trail camera photo was taken at 8:55 p.m. Aug. 17. A black-and-white image from the camera shows a cougar heading away from the camera into a stand of cedar trees. Norton visited the area and, with the help of members of the cougar team, substantiated the report. The confirmation comes from an area about 170 miles from where a cougar trail camera image was snapped July 7 in Gogebic County and verified by the DNR earlier this month. Since 2008, the DNR has now confirmed 40 cougar reports, with all but one of those occurring in the Upper Peninsula. In some cases, these reports may include multiple sightings of the same cougar, not necessarily 40 individual animals. So far, there remains no conclusive evidence of a Michigan breeding population of mountain lions.

On a short walk to open up the Butterfly House for a family, we came upon a tiny painted turtle crossing the sidewalk ahead of us. The 1-inch reptile froze in its tracks while we admired it. Due to the size, we determined this was a hatchling, or a newly emerged baby. Painted turtle females lay their eggs in a hole in the sand or soil in late spring or early summer. The 3 to 20 eggs take about 50 to 80 days of incubation before hatching. Most of the hatchlings will spend the next fall and winter in the nest or close by until spring. This means they won’t see water until the next year! Hatchling painted turtles have a 1-inch slightly rounded keel, or top part of their shell, black or olive skin and shell and stripes of yellow, orange, and red throughout their legs and head. If you see a baby turtle this fall, remember the best thing to do is leave it alone, as long as it is not injured or in the road. Join us this Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Nature Center for the fall into Autumn Festival! The festival will feature many family friendly events all day including nature hikes, wagon rides, crafts, music from Campfire Stu, face painting, a raptor program, and more! Check out www.Sarett.com for more details.


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