Gardening with Kids

Many children like being outside playing in the soil and they like doing things with their parents. By combining these two activities you can encourage your kids to grow their own flowers and vegetables. Gardening together may help your kids develop an appreciation for nature and encourage them to be healthier eaters. You may want to check out your child’s school to see if it has a gardening program. Visit these resources to learn more about gardening with kids:

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Woman Arrested After Biting CBP Officer at San Ysidro
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SAN DIEGO — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at the San Ysidro port of entry was bitten by a woman Monday, after several officers encountered her attempting to walk up through the vehicle lanes into the United States. At about 2:45 p.m….

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Woman Arrested After Biting CBP Officer at San Ysidro
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SAN DIEGO — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at the San Ysidro port of entry was bitten by a woman Monday, after several officers encountered her attempting to walk up through the vehicle lanes into the United States. At about 2:45 p.m….

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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $727K in Marijuana
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TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility in Nogales seized nearly $728,000 in marijuana – 1,455 pounds – from a Mexican national Monday when he attempted to enter the United States through the…

Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents rescue three; arrest two with criminal histories
05/05/2015 04:11 PM EDT

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued three people, arrested two men with criminal histories and apprehended an 18th Street gang member. The rescue occurred early Tuesday morning when the driver of a…

CBP Agriculture Specialists At El Paso, West Texas And New Mexico Ports Ensure Mother’s Day Flowers Are Disease And Pest Free
05/05/2015 03:38 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists working at El Paso area ports of entry are busy this week making sure that personal and commercial importations of Mother’s Day flowers are free from insects, pests and…

CBP Employees Receive Federal Executive Board Awards
05/05/2015 03:23 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and personnel were recognized today by the Federal Executive Board for their excellence in government. “Our employees exemplify the CBP mission and work tirelessly to enhance the nation’…

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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $727K in Marijuana
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TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility in Nogales seized nearly $728,000 in marijuana – 1,455 pounds – from a Mexican national Monday when he attempted to enter the United States through the…

Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents rescue three; arrest two with criminal histories
05/05/2015 04:11 PM EDT

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued three people, arrested two men with criminal histories and apprehended an 18th Street gang member. The rescue occurred early Tuesday morning when the driver of a…

CBP Agriculture Specialists At El Paso, West Texas And New Mexico Ports Ensure Mother’s Day Flowers Are Disease And Pest Free
05/05/2015 03:38 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists working at El Paso area ports of entry are busy this week making sure that personal and commercial importations of Mother’s Day flowers are free from insects, pests and…

CBP Employees Receive Federal Executive Board Awards
05/05/2015 03:23 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and personnel were recognized today by the Federal Executive Board for their excellence in government. “Our employees exemplify the CBP mission and work tirelessly to enhance the nation’…

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NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY PANAMA CITY Fla. (May 4th, 2015)

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Cmdr. Hung Cao, commanding Officer of the Naval Diving and Salvage and Training Center (NDSTC), holds a briefing in the NDSTC auditorium before a giving a tour to local leaders and committee members. The Year of the Military Diver week-long celebration highlights such achievements as, the 100th anniversary of the Mark V dive helmet, the 35th anniversary of NDSTC, the 40th anniversary of women divers, and 70th anniversary of the Navy’s presence in Panama City Fla. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Fred Gray IV (Released) 150504-N-TI693-033

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 2, 2015)

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U.S. Navy ships are underway as part of a group sail with the John C. Stennis Strike Group. Group sails provide an opportunity for crews to focus on teamwork, communication, and hone skills Sailors need when executing the nation’s maritime strategy. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez (Released) 150502-N-TC437-301

Birding opportunities abound in Michigan state parks, trails and natural areas

May is prime birding migration season–don’t miss it!
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Birding opportunities abound in Michigan state parks, trails and natural areas

Spring means bird migration, and that makes for prime birding opportunities in Michigan’s woods and waters. The Department of Natural Resources has pulled together some tips on enjoying this special time of year in state parks, trails and natural areas:Birders look through binoculars at a Michigan state park

  • May is the best month to be on the lookout for colorful warblers (more than 40 species of warbler have been observed in Michigan). Songbird (passerine) migration peaks in mid-May in southern Michigan and shortly afterward in northern parts of the state.
  • Watch the weather. Strong southerly winds can result in good overnight flights of birds (most passerines migrate at night – in fact, in a dark campground, birders might even be able to hear the flight calls and see birds passing in front of the moon). When southerly winds run into storm fronts at night, this can create “fall-out” conditions where migrating birds are forced to land. Fall-out can result in heavy concentrations of birds in their respective habitats.
  • Use your ears. Most spring migrants usually are singing. Once you start learning some of the songs, it becomes easier to seek out new birds when listening for songs that you don’t recognize.
  • Find the right location for the species you want to see. Just about any park will have decent habitat for spring migrants. Many of them eat bugs, so try to find southern-facing habitat along water bodies (lakes, rivers). Not sure what parks are near you? Visit www.michigan.gov/recreationsearch to find the perfect state park for your birding interests. In many parks, birding can be done right from a campsite, since the flocks typically will move around in the morning.
  • Make it a multi-day adventure. Campers can enjoy birding while enjoying breakfast and a fresh cup of coffee. Camping reservations can be made at midnrreservations.com or by calling 1-800-44PARKS (1-800-447-2757).
  • Join fellow bird watchers. The best way to see more birds is with an extra set of eyes, especially if you tag along with a more experienced birder.
  • Find a checklist for your area. There are regional field guides, and many of the mobile birding apps will allow you to filter by region. This helps you learn which birds are likely to be found in your area (rarities/vagrants are always a possibility).

Those who are new to birding and want to learn the basics of the activity before heading out should search the DNR’s Recreation 101 calendar at www.michigan.gov/rec101 for Intro to Birding classes. These free, hands-on classes cover everything a starting birder needs to know.

Here are a few other birding resources to check out before your birding adventure:

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/ – Cornell Lab of Ornithology – guides and more.

http://ebird.org/ – Online database for submitting bird sightings. Set rare-bird alerts for your area and view species maps, hotspots, etc.

http://mibirdrecords.com/ – Official keepers of the MI Checklist and rare bird documentation.

There also are many regional websites, email lists, social media accounts and other local resources for birders. Do some online searching to find out what’s available locally and then get outdoors to enjoy some birding this spring!

A Recreation Passport grants vehicle access to any Michigan state park, boat launch, state forest campground or nonmotorized state trailhead parking. Residents can purchase the Passport for just $11 ($5 for motorcycles) at the time of Michigan license plate renewal through Secretary of State. Forgot to check “YES” during renewal? Residents and nonresidents can purchase a Recreation Passport window sticker during regular business hours at state parks. Learn more about how the Recreation Passport supports state parks and local outdoor recreation opportunities at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.

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