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John Ball traveling zoo stops in Alpine Township

John Ball traveling zoo stops in Alpine Township

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The John Ball traveling zoo will make a stop at the Alpine Township Library Wednesday, July 24.

The traveling zoo usually consists of three animals.  Zookeeper Education Specialist Melinda Robinett says a ferret, owl and snake are expected to make the trip to the library as part of its “Dig Into Reading” summer program, but that could change depending on the animals’ temperament and availability the day of the trip.

The John Ball travelling zoo began about 12 years ago. Each year, the John Ball traveling zoo makes about 200 trips to libraries, schools and organizations as far away as White Cloud, to educate children about wildlife. The traveling zoo will arrive at the Alpine Township Library at 6:30 p.m.

 

Meeting To Improve Westgate Park - March 12

Meeting To Improve Westgate Park  - March 12

From Alpine Township Offices:

Westgate Neighborhood Park Improvements!


The swing set, overhead monkey bars, spring teeter-totter and play house were removed for the sanitary sewer construction last summer and it is doubtful they can be re-installed. Replacement playground equipment is expensive so we would like your input on what you would like to see in Westgate Neighborhood Park. By providing your input, you’ll help determine what improvements the Township will make to the park this year, so your voice is extremely important.


The Alpine Township Parks and Recreation Committee invites you to join them and share your input at 7 p.m.

Two young bucks butt heads in backyard

Two young bucks butt heads in backyard

WZZM Viewer Steven Pitsch had two young bucks visit his backyard when they decided to have a friendly head-butting match.

Watch the video for details.

More Animal Business

More Animal Business

More animal activities at the Alpine Township Library this evening as it featured a pet show.  Over forty pet lovers were present to admire the special pets brought by some of the  young library patrons.

Natalie brought her dog Tavey, Celeste brought her two year old dog Turbo, and Jessica brought her two year old dog Biscuit.  Alex brought two two month old chickens that were hatched from eggs, and Carlin brought her adorable 6 year old cat Violet.  There was a judging and all animals received recognition in a variety  of categories...

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We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

Meet Bella, Bucky and Barry:

We leave the urban wildlife in Forest Hills and head to our cabin in Wisconsin.  In Michigan, you would call our cabin a cottage.  In Wisconsin, they are known as cabins.  Anyway I digress - our cabin is on 10 hilly acres of grassland in the bluff country of southern Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin is known as the dairy state, but the “state animal” is not a cow.  It’s the badger.  Yes, Wisconsinites have seen Bucky the Badger, the University of Wisconsin’s mascot.  But very few of them have ever seen a real badger.  Our property in Wisconsin was invaded by three badgers last year!!!!

The first sign of a badger invasion:

The first sign of the badger invasion was the yard, which was dug up.  Badgers prefer to live in open grasslands, fields and pastures.  My husband mows about four acres of our property and lets the rest of the grasses grow wild.

A break from urban wildlife for a day at the beach

A break from urban wildlife for a day at the beach

LAKE MICHIGAN -  Even a dog has to take a break from all the excitement of his backyard kingdom.  On this sunny summer day, George, my husband, and I head to the beach.  Our friends, Nancy and Don, own a cottage on Lake Michigan, and they have invited the three of us to spend the day at the beach.

This is George’s first visit to Lake Michigan.  The waves were a little intimidating at first.  He would sniff the water, but he would not allow himself to get wet.  He wouldn’t even dip his paw into the water to check it out.  Then something caught his eye.  George noticed the beautiful white birds walking along the water’s edge.  He tried to get close to these interesting critters, but they would simply fly off.

Silly me, I thought seagulls only lived by the ocean, and then I moved to Michigan and discovered the Big Lake is home to a thriving population of seagulls.  I have since learned that seagulls or gulls will live al

Urban Wildlife - Critters who taunt George - Meet Nutty

Urban Wildlife - Critters who taunt George - Meet Nutty

George is one of the most good-natured dogs you will ever meet.  I feel bad for him when “Nutty” and his squirrelly friends taunt him.  I think they realize they are safe around George since he is not very fast on his feet.  We have two types of squirrels living in our backyard: several Fox Squirrels and one American Red Squirrel.

Fox Squirrels are the largest squirrels in Michigan.  They are sometimes confused with the slightly smaller Eastern Gray Squirrel.  The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is Fox Squirrels have reddish-orange bellies, while their cousins, the Gray Squirrels, have white bellies.