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Next week, before we sign off, we will be posting all the INFO we have on the horrible behaviour from Shelby Twp. Parks & rec., our own DNR and the many Non Profit groups manipulating money and things to get their insane BIKE pathwyas all connected up around S.E.Michigan. Even at the Cost of Killing all the hundreds of Great Blue Herons at Hollands Ponds. Not to mention, the Egrets, Green Herons and all types of aquatic life, including the endangered Box Turtle and soft-shelled Turtle that one flourished at Holland Ponds.

We will provide you with all the background details and interconnected associations that have been taking place behind closed doors, all for the job security of Union Maintenance Lawn Cutter at Parks & Recreation. Not to mention the Nature Center and how all these people and Township entities interconnect to get their Careers, Jobs, pat raises and goals accomplished at ANY costs. Killing Herons or whatever it may be.

We will show you why Oakland Audubon Society was have ing their last months meeting and private Park Tout, led by of all people, Dan Farmer, the Naturalist at Shadbush, Someone only concerned with his job and not the health of the environment or the Natural Resources at Holland Ponds. That’s what a Union and corruption does for you.

Most of all, we have a very detailed write up on Youngblood, the head maintenance man for Shelby Twp. and his Boss too. Those two have been very busy these last two years, in conjunctions with the Greenway Alliance, Oakland Audubon, MMBA and the rest of the Natural resources killers , who only care about BIKE pathways and not a healthy environment. These are of course the  same people who want SOLAR energy, and No Oil Pipelines and all the fixes for Global Warming. This is while they Kill Nature and everything within it, to achieve their main goals o0f ONE BIOG MICHIGAN PATHWAY. Can you believe these insane idiots actually want to rename our state from the great Lakes state, to the Pathway State. INCREDIBLE.

We will show you how Oakland County Parks, along with the sanctions of the Oakland Audubon Society, destroyed a 200 nest Heronry in West Bloomfield about 10 years ago. Then the spent all types of your donated money to build what they thought where better nests on Towers, then what the Heron could build. How do you think this turned out. NOT ONE HERON HAS RETURNED. FOOLS!

We recommend that you close your membership to Oakland Audubon Society and stop Volunteering with them. They are a CON and do not care about Birds. They only care about what moneys they can get and what situations they can manipulate for their personal benefit. Hit them where it hurts. Stop giving them money. Or…..support their backing of Killing every Heron in Oakland and now Macomb county. They are not satisfied with staying in their own county and district of Oakland. They have to destroy Birds in Macomb county too. PITIFUL!!!!


New MAPS Coming

We have three Maps available for Shelby Twp. Parks. One is our Map of Holland Ponds. This Map is now three years into edits and detailing. Very accurate and GPSed Map of the Park and heronries there.


We also have an adjoining Map that will guide you from Holland Ponds Park, over to Yates Cider Mill. This is a great Hike in Fall to see the Colors along the river Trail, stop in for Cider and then return to Holland Ponds Park. All without fighting the hideous traffic that congests Yates Cider Mill when the apples are flowing there.


We have a Map of River Bends Park, primarily showing the Nature Center side of the river and Park. This again is a detailed Map that has been GPSed over the last couple of years. A great Map to follow the various Hiking Trails that are behind the Shadbush Nature Center and those that follow the river up to the bridge.


We are about to finally release our full Map of River Bends Park, showing the entire Park. Both sides of the river have been GPSed and detailed out. All the various Trails are indicated including much of the unique foliage that still exists there. Also indicated on the new Map are the remnants of the old Clinton/Kalamazoo Canal and the Mule trail that paralleled the Canal.

This late summer we will be releasing a Map we have been working on for more then 2 years now. It is a Map of the Metro Detroit area, that indicates most of the Great Blue Heron nesting sites that still exist, and how many nests are located at each Heronry. This has been a very challenging Map to put together because there are many secretive nesting sites for these beautiful birds. In fact, there is one very large Heronry we will not be indicating on this new Map in order to keep the nesting site a secret and growing in a healthy manner as it has been doing for many years now. We have seen what little respect and care many of the local Parks & Recreation people have for these unique and special places such as a Heronry, and we feel if we reveal all the nesting sites, they will be compromised, sold out for money and eventually we would have NO Great Blue Heron nesting sites in Southeastern Michigan. But what we have indicated on this new upcoming Map is pretty exciting, and we are sure you all will use it to do some excellent heron tours in the future. 🙂

Herons still Arriving

This has been a very different year for the Great Blue Heron Colony at Holland Ponds park. herons started arriving there in the 1st week of March, and have been trickling in ever since. Most years, towards the end of March there is a big surge of returning Herons that quickly fill up all the available nests at the heronry. then the stragglers will fill up the remaining nests and build new ones if needed.

The process has been very different this year. No real big surge of returning Herons. A small group real early in March and then little by little the rest of the existing nests have been filled by returning Herons.

The Great Blue Heron spends it’s winter months south of Michigan. Anywhere from the Carolinas to Florida and South America. Like Salmon, many of the returning Herons have either been here before nesting, or are the youngsters from a previous fledged nest.

This is just one reason why it is so important to protect and existing nesting site like this. It is a place the Herons remember and also where the hatched youngsters from a previous nesting season, will come back to each year, looking to nest in the safety of others in an existing Colony like Holland Ponds.

The herons act very different during this mating and nesting times. They are very skiddish and nervous birds during these months of raising their young. herons are always a bit of a nervous Bird. But this is exaggerated tremendously during nesting time.

It is interesting that they will tolerate what they know will not hurt them. In this case…..Ryan road traffic is something they have become accustomed to and ignore. So is the Gun shots heard from the Detroit Gun Range nearby. But bring in something new, or produce alot of movement and noise and they will abandon the nests. Even if there are young in the nests.

I have watched the entire Colony leave the nests because a group of Fisherman walked along the river’s edge behind the heronry, talking loudly. these Fisherman did not know the nests are ever there and could not see them during the summer when the trees in the rear nesting site are covered with leaves. Signage is needed on the south and east sides of the heronry to warn Fisherman of their approach to a delicate area of nesting Herons. We have mentioned this to Parks & Recreation in Shelby Twp. and hope that very soon something will be done to prevent further disturbances of this unique nesting site.

It takes care and nurturing for a place like this to exist and flourish. We would be happy to advice the Parks & recreation people of some of the things they could do to assist the growth of this very special place. Many people love to visit the park and watch the Herons grow and feed their youngsters through out the summer months. It would be a huge shame to have this 10 year growing Heron Colony, fail for simple reasons that could have been easily and inexpensively corrected.

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These are some recent pictures from Linda Urban, local nature photographer.

Latest Heron Report

3/30/13 and all is well at the Holland Ponds heronry. Most of the existing nests have mating pairs of herons on them. And many of the females are already sitting on the nests, indicating they are about to lay eggs or already have.

No new nests being built this year though. Puzzling. Maybe there will still be another migration of Herons to arrive yet, at the Heronry. Hopefully so.

I will have an actual nest count next week. We lost over  10 nests this last winter, due to two separate wind storms that took down two different nesting trees in the front Heronry. Great thing the Herons decided a few years back, to expand the heronry to the forest near the river and created the new rear nesting site. That site is a bit more secluded and plenty of room for expansion.

Get out to Holland Ponds, relax and enjoy the mating herons. It is such a wonderful way to enjoy such a beautiful Natural area for now. Enjoy it while we still have it.

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