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Category: Natural History

Feathers Over Mackinac (1889–1891)

More than 230 species of birds have been recorded on Mackinac Island and in the surrounding straits region. Here, we take a look at some detailed observations that a summer resident and ornithologist made in 1893.

Ice Fishing at Mackinac

Ice fishing has been an important part of the Straits for thousands of years, but dramatic scenes of net poles so numerous that they appeared almost as a forest are now nearly forgotten.

The Seasons of Mackinac

What’s the best season to visit the Straits of Mackinac? All of them! Learn a little about each season at the Straits:

The Famous Mackinaw Potato

When you think of Mackinac, you might think of fudge, or no cars, or horses, or the fort. But potatoes? “The best potatoes in the world grow at Mackinac.” Or at least they did. Read on!

The Mackinac Walrus

Unusual things have been found on Mackinac Island and the Straits of Mackinac over the years. But a walrus skull? That might be the most unusual of all. Read on for the amazing story of how it ended up in the Straits.

Lilac Scented Memories

Our Park Naturalist, Kyle, was recently doing some research and came across a couple of accounts of Mackinac’s lilacs dating to the 1840s. Learn more here!