Flint's Tunde Olaniran released his video for KYBM (Keep Your Body Moving) yesterday. It is awesome and you should watch it right now. I am already willing to call KYBM this fall's #1 Back to School Jam. A competition that was over before it even began. Michigan Radio's Stateside did a great interview with Tunde earlier this month. You can check it out here.
Friday, August 28, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
In Michigan, it is illegal to chemically sterilize or trap and relocate deer. I am not sure about the legality of surgical sterilization. Sterilization has been effective at reducing closed deer populations, but has not been tried on a population as large or geographically unconstrained as Ann Arbor's. The efficacy of such a program could be worth investigating as part of a long term deer management strategy, but do to legal, financial and logistical hurdles, it would be at least a couple of years before once could be undertaken.
In our region, the most popular way of dealing with overabundant deer in parks and cities is through the use of sharpshooters. This tends to cost much less than sterilization. Sharpshooters are able to reduce deer populations and densities quickly. They do attract backlashes. Also, long term management of deer populations requires continued culling. Just something to keep in mind as we watch the city council meeting tonight.
You can read more on Ann Arbor's Deer Management Project Page Previously:
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Monday, August 3, 2015
Tomorrow's Democratic Primary election is super important gentle readers. There are contested races in Wards 1, 3, 4, and 5. The winners of these races will likely win in the general election in November. Voter turnout can be pretty low for these primaries, so you vote is extra important. If you are a registered voter in Ann Arbor, please vote tomorrow.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
|File photo of an ocellated turkey|
My fiancee and I went to go look for the turkey today and when we found him he was munching on some corn and sunflower seeds that someone from UM had given him to keep him in place. She told us that the DNR were on their way to help capture the turkey in order to relocate it to a shelter/rehabilitation center for birds where it could be with birds like itself. Turkeys are social animals and the woman from UM told us that the turkey would hang out next to cars in order to see another turkey in the hub cap reflection. So let's all wish the turkey well in its new home.Well, it looks like this turkey's days of pecking at hubcaps are over. I wish him the best of luck with his new flock.
My only source is myself and I'm not a war journalist so I wasn't able to take any photographs in those tense moments.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Gentle reader, the August Primary is nigh. Ann Arbor's Democratic primary generally determines who will win the November election and thus who will sit on City Council. If you are a registered voter in Ann Arbor, I sincerely hope you plan on voting. If you are still making up your mind, fear not, the CivCity Initiative has produced a series of helpful videos where local dogs will explain who they are voting for and why. Click through to see videos for the races in Wards 1, 3, 4 and the Fighting Fifth.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Tonight from 6 to 7:30 Michigan Radio's Zoe Clark and Jack Lessenberry will be at Bill's Beer Garden discussing why our state government is so dysfunctional. Should be a great chance to learn a little and see some of your favorite Michigan Radio personalities. Admission is free.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Monday, July 6, 2015
On a related note, at tonight's #a2council meeting, they City Council will be discussing modifying the City Charter to shift the main City Council Election from August to November. This would likely involve the August primary being party-less or sending the top two vote getters, regardless of party to the November election.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
On a side note, it looks like Monroe City Council meetings are conveniently uploaded to YouTube. CTN, the ball's in your court.
H/T: Monroe native, Partick Dunn