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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

Good Samaritans rescue ducklings

Good Samaritans rescue ducklings

Six ducklings are back with their mother, thanks to a group Good Samaritans.

Bob Drake Junior says the ducklings fell through a storm drain near the Home Depot on 54th Street.  Drake and five others pried up the grating, scooped up the ducklings, then took them to their waiting mother.  The rescuers then escorted the whole family to a field leading to Buck Creek.

City of Wyoming Will Not Spray for Gypsy Moths in 2011

Wyoming, Mich., March 15, 2011 – Thanks to two successful years of spraying for gypsy moths, this year the City of Wyoming learned that it is unnecessary to spray for the foliage eating pests.

The completion of the 2011 survey by Aquatic Consulting Services, LLC, the organization hired to survey for gypsy moths, found that due to a combination of the City’s efforts and the gypsy moths natural cycle there would be no benefit to spaying in 2011. Gypsy moths have been sufficiently eradicated and the company says that no problem is anticipated.

Aquatic Consulting Services will continue to monitor the area for any changes in the gypsy moth population, but they believe the moths are in full retreat. Gypsy moths follow a cyclical nature, peaking and then declining for a year or more. It is not possible to predict how long the retreat cycle will last.