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Urban Wildlife - Meet Doe-Boy

Urban Wildlife - Meet Doe-Boy

Meet “Doe-Boy” and his Friends:

George’s favorite characters in our backyard drama “Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills” are “Doe-Boy” and his deer friends.

Doe-Boy loves to steal food from the bird feeder.  That’s him, or is it her, up on his/her hind legs.  Like the Pillsbury Doughboy, he warms our hearts with his antics.  Doe-Boy and his seven white tailed friends come and go all year round.

Doe-Boy is the only one in his herd that takes the food directly from the bird feeder.  The rest of them are content licking up the seeds from the ground. 

White tailed deer have taken up permanent residence in the wooded areas of Forest Hills and other suburban and urban neighborhoods.  They have lost their inhibitions of humans, and they don’t have to worry about hunters.  There is plenty of food from bird feeders to yummy gardens.

When we first moved into our home, I planted all sorts of flowers and bushes.  The dee

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Part 2 – Meet “Baldy”

I think one of the most beautiful birds is the male Northern Cardinal.  Red is my favorite color, which is one reason why I can’t take my eyes off of cardinals.  They also have those beautiful crests on top of their heads.  Cardinals don’t migrate and keep their color all year round because they don’t molt into a dull plumage like the Gold Finch.  This means the cardinals are still breathtaking in my snowy backyard all winter long.  Don’t get me wrong, the females are also very pretty, but the males are stunning.

The other thing about male cardinals is they all look alike.   The color of their feathers is the same.  They all have the black masks around the eyes.  They all have those distinctive crests.

Then one day my husband and I saw “Baldy”.  He was unlike any cardinal we had ever seen.   My husband first spotted him in early April.  There was something seriously wrong w

Yard Waste Collection Underway

  • The City will commence the weekly yard waste collection service on Monday April 4, 2011. This service will be provided the same as last year and including:
    • All yard waste must be placed out next to the street for collection prior to the weekly scheduled day of collection. The schedule is available on the City’s web site or by calling 940-4870.
    • All small loose yard waste (leaves, lawn clippings, shrub trimmings, etc.) must be placed in acceptable disposable containers (paper bags or card board boxes) or reusable containers limited in size to 32 gallons and 40 pounds in weight. Fall leaf collection is the only time leaves are permitted to be placed out for collection without containerizing. Plastic bags are not permitted.

Pothole Patching Continues

If you notice a pothole in need of patching, please call the Public Works Department at 940-4870.

Be sure to give as much information as you can, including which street, travel lane, a nearby house number or intersection.

You can call anytime; if the offices are closed, just leave the information on voicemail.

Yard Waste Collection Resumes

 The warmer weather has melted most of the snow, and many residents are venturing outside to rake old leaves or dead grass.

The City's yard waste pick-up program begins the week of April 4th.  If you're doing some yard work between now and your first pick-up, be sure to store your bags or containers up next to your house and haul them down to the curb the night before your scheduled pick-up.

And please note, loose leaves/debris cannot be raked into the edge of the street this time of year--it must be in containers.

KDL East Grand Rapids branch presents “Going Green”

KDL East Grand Rapids branch presents “Going Green”

How does your garden grow?  Find out at the Going Green program taking place at the KDL East Grand Rapids branch this spring. Come share in crafts and activities full of gardening goodness. Kids will learn about the life cycle of plants, how insects and people help the earth, and new ideas for going green. This program is for families with children of all ages.

East Grand Rapids branch – Sunday, May 1, 2:00 PM

Recycle batteries at the library

Recycle batteries at the library

From: http://www.eastgr.org

Just inside the door on the main floor of the Library is a container for recycling all types of household batteries. Bring in your 9-volts and AA, your AAA and your watch and hearing-aid batteries (no vehicle or industrial batteries). Kent County empties the container on a regular basis and sends the batteries to be recycled.

So don't throw away your used batteries, recycle them! You can drop off batteries anytime the Library is open (9:30 am until 8:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 9:30 am until 5:00 pm on Saturday, and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday).