Make a bird house
TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse Audubon Club hosts a “Learn to Build a Backyard Birdhouse” from 1-3 p.m. March 16 at Boardman River Nature Center. Information on nesting materials, placement, predator control and more is available.
TRAVERSE CITY — NMC marine technology students recently completed the Indonesian Reef Study Project for their capstone class. Learn about their work and findings on March 21. A $5 donation is suggested. Proceeds support Northport School’s shipwreck expedition. More information: 231-386-7195.
BELLAIRE — Grass River Natural Area hosts the Early Spring Bird Walk at 9 a.m. March 23. Bring binoculars or borrow some. Learn to use eBird to record sounds. Cost is $5 per person.
WILLIAMSBURG — Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy hosts a maple sugaring event from 1-3 p.m. March 23 at Maple Bay farm, 10849 US-31 North. Families are invited for tree tapping, boiling sap and tasting the finished product. Questions: 231-922-1259; JThroop@gtrlc.org.
Tree health discussion
KINGSLEY — A tree health presentation starts at 12:30 p.m. March 20 at the Rock in Kingsley and 12:30 p.m. April 11 at Golden Fellowship Hall in Interlochen. Tom Deering discusses how to identify tree illnesses. An optional lunch costs $3 for seniors and $5 for others. Registration is due the Monday before each event. Call 231-922-2080 to reserve seats.
ALDEN — Antrim County Conservation District Executive Director Wendy Warren gives a presentation at 2 p.m. March 24 at Helena Township Community Center. Warren discusses their programs and attendees can share their environmental concerns.
Ice shanty removal
LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that mandatory ice shanty removal dates are approaching. The deadline for removal from waters in the northern Lower Peninsula is March 15. Regardless of the date, shanties must be removed before the ice is unable to safely support them. Following the mandatory removal dates, ice shanties still may be used but must be removed daily from the ice. Shanty owners whose structures fall through the ice are subject to penalties of up to 30 days in jail, fines of $100 to $500, or both. If a shanty is removed by a government agency, the court can require the owner to reimburse that agency up to three times the cost of removal.
Turkey hunting licenses
LANSING — Spring turkey hunting drawing results are posted on Michigan.gov/Turkey. Any remaining licenses are available to unsuccessful applicants for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. Any limited-quota licenses that remain as of March 18 at 10 a.m. may be purchased by any hunter, including those who did not apply for a spring turkey license. Hunt 0234 licenses are sold as leftover licenses and are available for purchase throughout the spring turkey hunting season.