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Grand Traverse Outside Cover ImageWelcome to Grand Traverse Outside, a podcast of news about what is happening in the natural areas around us and advice for living closer to nature from area naturalists. Contributors are from the Grand Traverse Conservation District, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Preserving Birds Thru Habitat and others.

New episodes appear several times each week. Look for Grand Traverse Outside on your favorite podcast app or at anchor.fm/outside. Here you can find notes, photos and links for each episode.

If you have comments, questions or want to suggest or be a guest, please contact us at outside@liaa.org.

Kay Charter: Returning Migrant Birds 5/22

May 22, 2020
Great Crested Flycatcher
In the last of our migrant birds series, Kay Charter of Saving Birds Thru Habitat talks about flycatchers. Links to birds and other things mentioned in this episode (visit the bird links Continue Reading...

Angie Lucas: Wildflower Report 5/20

May 20, 2020
Large-Flowered Trillium
As the weather warms, the wildflowers are coming along fast! Angie Lucas, Senior Land Steward at the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, talks about Trillium and Dicentra along with how plants and Continue Reading...

Angie Lucas: Wildflower Report 5/16

May 16, 2020
Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)
Angie Lucas, Senior Land Steward at the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, talks about Marsh Marigolds in this latest report. Links from this episode: Cedar Run Creek Natural Area Seven Bridges Marsh Marigold on iNaturalist Photo by Continue Reading...

Kay Charter: Returning Migrant Birds 5/15

May 15, 2020
Brown Thrasher
Kay Charter of Saving Birds Thru Habitat talks about several members of the Mimidae family or Mimic Thrushes including the Gray Catbird and the Brown Thrasher. More information on birds mentioned in this episode: Gray Continue Reading...

GTCD: Kids Creek Park

May 13, 2020
Kids Creek Before Restoration
Tom Vitale and Steve Largent of the Grand Traverse Conservation District tell us about the history, restoration and natural history of Kids Creek Park, an urban nature oasis in Garfield Township just south Continue Reading...

Kay Charter: Returning Migrant Birds 5/8

May 8, 2020
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Kay Charter of Saving Birds Thru Habitat talks about Hummingbirds, Baltimore Orioles and Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks arriving along with their nesting and feeding habits. More information about the species mentioned: Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Baltimore Oriole Rose-breasted Grosbeak Photos provided by Continue Reading...

Angie Lucas: Wildflower Report 5/6

May 6, 2020
Broad-Leaved Toothwort
Angie Lucas, Senior Land Steward at the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, brings a discussion about toothworts to her weekly wildflower report. Links from this episode: Cut-Leaved Toothwort (Cardamine concatenata), Two-Leaved Toothwort (Cardamine diphylla), Continue Reading...

GTCD: Boardman Valley Nature Reserve

May 5, 2020
Boardman Valley Nature Reserve Sign
Tom Vitale and Steve Largent of the Grand Traverse Conservation District tell us about the conservation, history and natural history of the Boardman Valley Nature Reserve south of Traverse City. Some species and terms Continue Reading...

Kay Charter: Returning Migrant Birds 5/1

May 1, 2020
Female Bluebird with Spider
Kay Charter of Saving Birds Thru Habitat talks about Bluebirds and how to attract and help them as they arrive back in the area.   Mentioned in this episode: Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) Tree Branch Bluebird House Continue Reading...

Angie Lucas: Wildflower Report 4/29

April 29, 2020
Carolina Springbeauty
As spring progresses, Angie Lucas, Senior Land Steward at the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, talks about two wildflowers and their habitats that can be seen this week. Mentioned in this episode: Carolina Springbeauty Continue Reading...

GTCD: Grand Traverse Natural Education Reserve Report

April 28, 2020
Beaver Dam Along Keystone Rapids
Tom Vitale and Steve Largent of the Grand Traverse Conservation District tell us about the geography and natural history of the Grand Traverse Natural Education Reserve south of Traverse City. Links mentioned in this Continue Reading...

Kay Charter: Returning Migrant Birds 4/24

April 24, 2020
Baltimore Oriole Enjoying an Orange
Kay Charter of Saving Birds Thru Habitat talks about the birds that arrived at her preserve this week and how support and attract birds in your space.   Species mentioned in this episode: Brown Creeper Baltimore Oriole Ruby-throated Continue Reading...

Angie Lucas: Wildflower Report 4/22

April 22, 2020
Beech Drops
With snow on the ground, Angie Lucas, Senior Land Steward at the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, talks about some amazing plants and habitats that can be seen this week. Mentioned in this Continue Reading...

GTCD: Commons Natural Area Report

April 21, 2020
Greenspire School/Red Drive Trailhead
Tom Vitale and Steve Largent from the Grand Traverse Conservation District talk about the plants and animals appearing now at the Grand Traverse Commons Natural Area in Traverse City. Links mentioned in Continue Reading...

Kay Charter: Returning Migrant Birds 4/17

April 17, 2020
Eastern Phoebe
Kay Charter of Saving Birds Thru Habitat talks about the birds that arrived at her preserve this week and how best to attract birds to your space. Saving Birds Thru Habitat offers the informational Continue Reading...

Angie Lucas: Wildflower Report 4/15

April 15, 2020
Trout Lily
Angie Lucas, Senior Land Steward at the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, talks about the spring wildflowers emerging this week. Links to resources mentioned in the podcast: GTRLC Field Guide to Spring Wildflowers Continue Reading...

Emily Cook: Spring Ephemerals

April 6, 2020
Trillium by Joe Kegley
Emily Cook, outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network, takes us on a virtual walk through the woods to look for spring flowers. Continue Reading...