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My Town: Frederik Meijer Gardens provides a hot spot during spring break

My Town: Frederik Meijer Gardens provides a hot spot during spring break

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—If you can’t escape to a warmer place this spring break, just head to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, where the Butterflies Are Blooming, and so are the opportunities for fun.

Now through April 30, visit the balmy Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory where more than 7,000 butterflies from Africa, Asia, South America and Central America mature and  fly freely among the tropical plants. Butterflies Are Blooming is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation.

 “Where else in the Midwest can you walk into a 15 thousand square-foot tropical environment and be instantly immersed in warm temperatures and thousands of exotic butterflies?” asked Steve LaWarre, director of horticulture. “This exhibition gives you the opportunity to experience something different—a taste of the tropics and special winged visitors-- right here in West Michigan.”

Frederik Meijer Gardens to welcome butterflies next week

Frederik Meijer Gardens to welcome butterflies next week

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Butterflies will soon be blooming at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, despite the snow.

The first shipment of tropical butterflies for the park’s annual exhibit will arrive next week, on Thursday, Feb. 20.   Meijer Gardens will receive more than 800 tropical chrysalides per week during the exhibition, which runs March 1 through April 30.

The chrysalides will be placed in the Butterfly Bungalow.  When the butterflies emerge, they will be released into the five-story Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory to fly freely amongst guests.   Butterflies are Blooming draws nearly 150,000 guests each year.

Snowy owl sightings up in Michigan this winter

Snowy owl sightings up in Michigan this winter

DEWITT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Snowy owls are out in force in Michigan this winter, thanks to a population boom in their Arctic breeding lands.

The Lansing State Journal says area birdwatchers have been sighting the 2-foot-tall raptors.Snowy owl sightings have taken place at Capital Region International Airport in Clinton County's DeWitt Township, Ingham County's Alaiedon Township north of Mason and at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in suburban Grand Rapids. Capital Regional airport Operations Director Lisa Adams says people have spotted the owls with some regularity at the airport over the past two months, including nine times in December.

Snowy owls breed in the Arctic and typically move south in the winter. Experts say the owl's population boom may be because of an abundance of one of their favorite foods, lemmings.

Discovery Days at Ada Township Park begin Dec. 11

Discovery Days at Ada Township Park begin Dec. 11

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Discovery Days at Ada Township Park are here.

Parents and pre-schoolers are invited to experience a morning of nature study, hands-on activities and games.  Participants should come dressed for the weather, since some of the programs include outdoor activities. 

A River Runs Through It: Fly Fishing for Men

A River Runs Through It: Fly Fishing for Men

All men are invited to a morning of fly fishing instruction at Dominican Center at Marywood

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 11th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. All men are invited to Dominican Center at Marywood for a morning of good times, fellowship, expert fly fishing advice with hands-on instruction and a hearty cookout. Glen Blackwood of Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company will be our fishing guide, leading an introduction to fly fishing with a focus on fly casting; Brian Plachta will be our spiritual guide.

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you are sure to pick up some great tips on how to fine tune your fishing techniques. You'll be ready to tackle any of Michigan's waterways.

Get A Bird's Eye View Seeing Them Live - March 21

Get A Bird's Eye View Seeing Them Live - March 21

 

A Special Presentation at Ada Township Park

"A Bird’s Eye View" Live Birds of Prey

Thursday, March 21

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Ada Township Park

Learning Center

$5/adult $3/child

 

Enjoy a special presentation by The Outdoor Discovery Center with live birds of prey held in the Ada Township Park Learning Center. You will get an up-close look at live hawks, owls & falcons! Learn about the life histories and amazing adaptations

 

Reservations are requested as space is limited.

Make the House to Attract the Birds You Want

Make the House to Attract the Birds You Want

Homes for the Birds-Make Your Own Bird House,

Saturday, March 2 from 10AM-12PM,

Ada Park Learning Center,

$10/bird house kit


Learn to identify local winter birds and how to attract them. Learn to improve nesting habitat in your yard for cavity nesters and other Michigan birds. Then build a Bluebird house to take home and put in your yard. All materials and supplies provided. Pre-registration is required.