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Urban Wildlife - Meet Hawkeye

Urban Wildlife - Meet Hawkeye

Hawkeye” is the most feared creature in our urban forest.  I think the critters fear him even more than “Kitty”, the neighborhood’s gray tabby.

The critters (birds and the four legged kind) must have a sixth sense.  They will be happily eating and all of sudden they all scatter.  Several seconds later, Hawkeye will fly over the backyard or land in a nearby tree.

I think Hawkeye is a Cooper’s Hawk.  The most common urban hawk is the Cooper’s Hawk, which can be confused with the smaller look-alike Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Muskegon County dogs joining fight against cancer

Muskegon County dogs are joining the fight against cancer.

Bark for Life of Muskegon County is a non-competitive dog walk remembering those who’ve died from cancer, and celebrating survivors.  The non-competitive walk will take place June 18  on the 48 acres of Dog Star Ranch, located at 4200 Whitehall Rd. in Muskegon. 

 Participants can register and start their Bark For Life team at www.relayforlife.org/muskegonmi.  The team that raises the most money and has every team member “like” the Dog Star Ranch Facebook page will receive a one month free membership to Dog Star Ranch.

Two buddies walking for critters

Two buddies walking for critters

Cousins, Regina and Annette, are walking from the corner of Apple Ave and Maple Island all the way to Mackinac Bridge in hopes of raising money for their favorite animal rescue organizations, Critter Cafe of Fruitport and Pound Buddies of Muskegon.

The walking duo has been taking donations as well as pledges from people who will pay if they make it to the bridge. Donations can be made at local 5th 3rd banks by calling or walking in and saying you would like to donate to: Two buddies walking for critters.

The walk is expected to take about three weeks to complete and will begin on June 16th at 7:00am.

Cat rescued from Muskegon home

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- A cat, trapped for at least a month in its dead owner's home, is finally free.

A viewer notified us about the animal, stuck in a Muskegon home, after the owner died last month.  Neighbors say they contacted the man's adult children but neither daughter would come get the cat.

After WZZM 13 News called Muskegon Police an officer arrived at the home, forced his way inside and rescued the starving cat.

"When I looked in there the litter box is full.  He is going on the side of it.  It is bad. Y ou can tell how long he has been in there," said Jessica Redmon of Muskegon. 

Dianna Davis with Pound Buddies said, "Dehydrated, very thin, not very happy."

Pound Buddies has custody of the cat.  One of the neighbors concerned about the cat plans to adopt it.

Urban Wildlife - Meet Tommy and Henrietta

Urban Wildlife - Meet Tommy and Henrietta

George and his Backyard Critters – Meet “Tommy” and “Henrietta”:

“Tommy” and “Henrietta” are the wild turkeys who live in the neighborhood and visit our bird feeder once in a while. We don’t see the turkeys very often, maybe it’s because they can go 14 to 20 days without food.

Michigan turkeys disappeared in the late 1800’s. In the 1950’s, wildlife biologists reintroduced turkeys in southwestern Michigan and later in the northern part of the state.  Today, there are about 200,000 wild turkeys roaming around Michigan.

Two of those turkeys live in our Forest Hills neighborhood. They are the Eastern Wild Turkey variety.

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Part 2 – Meet “Baldy”

I think one of the most beautiful birds is the male Northern Cardinal.  Red is my favorite color, which is one reason why I can’t take my eyes off of cardinals.  They also have those beautiful crests on top of their heads.  Cardinals don’t migrate and keep their color all year round because they don’t molt into a dull plumage like the Gold Finch.  This means the cardinals are still breathtaking in my snowy backyard all winter long.  Don’t get me wrong, the females are also very pretty, but the males are stunning.

The other thing about male cardinals is they all look alike.   The color of their feathers is the same.  They all have the black masks around the eyes.  They all have those distinctive crests.

Then one day my husband and I saw “Baldy”.  He was unlike any cardinal we had ever seen.   My husband first spotted him in early April.  There was something seriously wrong w

Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer

Looking for a cool spot to take your four-legged friend on those warm days we have waited so long for? Well, pack up a picnic, slip on some flip-flops & head to the Dog Beach at Kruse Park in Muskegon. The city allocated a section of the beach along the northern part of the park just for dogs. Dogs can run free (off their leashes!), swim in the water or meet new furry friends. 

The site is open from 7 am until 11 pm.

Norman F. Kruse Park - Dog Beach
W Sherman Blvd and Beach Street
Muskegon, MI

Just take US-31 to Sherman Blvd & dead end at the park.