Oakland County Launches #OakAlert: Emergency Alert System

18 Jul OakAlert

It’s almost impossible to detect when an emergency is going to happen. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take a proactive approach to handling emergency situations.

This week, we announced the launch of OakAlertOakland County’s electronic alert system that enables and empowers the public to be aware of extreme incidents in Oakland County. This FREE service is geared towards providing accurate and helpful information to concerned citizens, businesses, and governmental agencies.

OakAlert iPad

SIGN UP TODAY FOR OAKALERT BY CLICKING HERE

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Northern Water Snake & Baby Painted Turtle – Best Friends Forever?

16 Jul

THE WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Northern water snake watches me at Seven Lakes State Park.

Northern water snake watches me at Seven Lakes State Park.

Wetlands, swamps, marshes and lakeshores of Oakland County are the perfect habitat for the northern water snake, a darkly colored semi-aquatic carnivore that forages along the water’s edge for prey.

The northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon) is often mistakenly called a “water moccasin,” a venomous snake of southern swamps named after the shoe it resembles.  Frogs, fish, tadpoles, crayfish, baby muskrats, small birds and even turtles comprise much of the diet of this seemingly always hungry hunter of the Wilder Side of Oakland County.  There is nothing shy about the behavior of this thick-bodied, non-venomous snake that can be three feet long and eats its prey alive. And sometimes, their behavior is unpredictable.

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Pet Adoption Center Offers Free Cat Adoption Saturday

11 Jul

Cat Adoption

This Saturday, don’t miss out on your opportunity to expand your family and save the life of an animal (or animals) in need!

The Oakland County Animal Control & Pet Adoption Center is hosting a “Certified Pre-Owned Cat Adoption” event on Saturday, July 12th from 10am – 4pm at their location in Auburn Hills. Individuals who meet screening requirements may adopt cats for FREE on Saturday; dogs will also be available for adoption, at their regular prices.

In addition to adoptable pets, the public can enjoy on-site food trucks, bounce houses, face painting, a psychic, pet supply vendors, and much more! The event is a part of a series of events hosted by the Center, which is competing to win a $100,000 grant from Rachel Ray and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

With an objective to save more lives, the $100,000 grant will go to the animal shelter with the most improved adoption numbers. Oakland County’s goal is to adopt out 2,014 pets during the months of June, July, and August. Learn more about the ASPCA’s #100KChallenge HERE.

The Oakland County Animal Control & Pet Adoption Center is located at 1700 Brown Road in Auburn Hills. Its next #100KChallenge event, called the “Dog Days of Summer and Cool Cat Nights”, will be held on Saturday, August 9th from 10am – 4pm.

RSVP to this weekend’s event on Facebook HERE, and don’t forget to “Like” the Center’s official Facebook Page HERE.

Tree-Climbing Secrets of Our Eastern Chipmunks

9 Jul

THE WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

“Chipmunks are small ground-dwelling rodents.” 

If chipmunks knew how to read, they would cringe at that frequently used sentence to describe their habits and habitat.  Chipmunks do not read, so perhaps that is why these “ground dwellers” are so adapt at tree-climbing and posses arboreal skills that would make a red squirrel proud.  

Chipmunk

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Poison Ivy: Humans fear it. Birds eat it.

1 Jul

THE WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Poison ivy thrives in the sultry heat of summer.  This cantankerous producer of human misery is very much at home on the Wilder Side of Oakland County; including along the trail sides of Oakland County Parks, Huron-Clinton Metroparks, Paint Creek Trail and the Clinton River Trail and the meandering Shiawassee River Heritage Trail.

This poison ivy vine along the Shiawassee River towers more than 15 feet above the head of six foot tall Jim Lloyds, a  board member of the Six Rivers Land Conservancy  (www.sixriversrlc.org  ) and leader of their Adventure League.

This poison ivy vine along the Shiawassee River towers more than 15 feet above the head of six foot tall Jim Lloyds, a board member of the Six Rivers Land Conservancy (www.sixriversrlc.org ) and leader of their Adventure League.

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#100KChallenge – Rescue Me Saturday

27 Jun

Rescue Me Saturday

Tomorrow (Saturday, June 28th), join the Oakland County Pet Adoption Center for Rescue Me Saturday, their second event as a part of the #100KChallenge. The center is competing for a $100,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Rachael Ray; the center’s #100KChallenge goal is to adopt out 2,014 pets during the months of June, July and August.

Rescue Me Saturday will feature local rescue groups. These groups tend and care for animals that require a little more TLC, however through the rescue process, animals can be adopted. This is your chance to talk with rescue group professionals, learn more about the application process for rescuing, and meet their adoptable animals.

The event runs from 10am – 4pm at the Oakland County Pet Adoption Center, located in Auburn Hills. For more information about the Center’s pet adoption events, visit our website HERE. You can also stay connected with the Pet Adoption Center on Facebook, and RSVP for the Rescue Me Saturday event HERE!

To learn more about the Oakland County Pet Adoption Center’s participation in the #100KChallenge, please click HERE. YOU can save the life of one of Oakland County’s furry finest – adopt!

Free Financial Counseling Now Available for Oakland County Residents

26 Jun

Yesterday, Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner announced a $25,000 Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) grant to establish a Financial Empowerment Center in Oakland County. The Center will offer free one-on-one counseling for Oakland County taxpayers on personal finance matters, and the financial counseling will be done by counselors from JVS of Southfield, a community-based nonprofit organization.

L-R: Megan Kursik of the Michigan Communities for Financial Empowerment network at CEDAM, Leah Rosenbaum of JVS, and Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner.

L-R: Megan Kursik of the Michigan Communities for Financial Empowerment network at CEDAM, Leah Rosenbaum of JVS, and Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner.

“Sometimes families need help tackling financial challenges and they don’t know where to turn,” Meisner said. “This grant gives us another tool to help families plan a budget, assist with credit repair and home mortgages and many other financial issues our residents face.”

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