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Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George’s Backyard Critters

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George’s Backyard Critters

This is a story about urban and suburban wildlife.  It’s probably a story that is repeated across West Michigan from the lakeshore to Greater Grand Rapids.  You can imagine this story happening in Grandville, Hudsonville, and Walker on the west side to Ada, Cascade, and Lowell on the east side and Rockford and Sparta to the north and Kentwood and Wyoming to the south.  It’s a story about how backyard critters can entertain us, and at other times, causes us to cringe.  This particular story is based in the Forest Hills neighborhood in eastern Kent County. 

Part 1 – Meet the Cast of Characters:

My dog, George, loves to watch what’s going on in our backyard.  My husband and I have our TV set; George has his “Backyard TV Set”.  Sometimes the scene in the backyard is a drama, other times it’s a comedy.  George can spend hours watching the “characters” having breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Eating a

Wittenbach/Wege Center celebrates Earth Day by removing invasive plant

Wittenbach/Wege Center celebrates Earth Day by removing invasive plant

To celebrate Earth Day a group of adults and Boy Scout Troop 130 from Greenville headed out into the Wittenbach/Wege preserve to pull garlic mustard plants. The group met early in the morning for an introduction about the invasive species prior to heading out on the trails.

The invasive biennial herb grows in the forested areas such as the nature preserve. It grows 12 to 40 inches tall, has triangular shaped leaves with toothed edges and it smells of garlic when crushed. Having no natural competitors, garlic mustard has spread across the country choking wildflowers by out-competing them for space and sunlight.

Garlic mustard was discovered in the preserve last year and the Wittenbach/Wege Center is doing everything to prevent the plant from taking over the area.

First weekend in February enjoy some fun in the woods at Wittenbach

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) Got cabin fever? The only cure is to get out and enjoy nature! Join us for a day of snowshoeing! Never done it? Don’t sweat it. Guided snowshoe hikes through the forest will be available throughout the day.

If you’re a seasoned pro, come out and hike the trails on your own. If you don't have your own snowshoes, they are available to rent for just $4 per person.

Afterwards, warm up inside with some hot chocolate while you enjoy a Birds of Prey program at 2:00. Falconer Greg Brooks will give you the rare opportunity to see these majestic birds up-close. We'll also have kid-friendly nature crafts available. This event is free and open to the public.