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  1. Birding Trails Workshop - learn more about establishing and maintaining a successful birding trail

    February 24, 2017, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM @ Boardman River Nature Center

    Michigan Audubon and Sea Grant Michigan will host a birding trails workshop to support the grassroots effort of the growth of birding trails throughout the state. We want to nurture this growth by providing resources and support for new and existing birding trail organizers and teams. Communities across Michigan are recognizing birding as an economic driver. The US Fish and Wildlife Service indicates that wildlife-watching generates a billion dollars of economic activity in Michigan every year. Michigan’s grassroots-driven birding trails are a demonstration of the commitment of citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations, and agencies to preserving natural resources and promoting bird appreciation and protection. Birding trails offer birders, naturalists, and general eco-tourists opportunities to explore diverse habitats across Michigan. Birding trails are typically driving routes linking prime birding locations.

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  2. 1 in 3 American Adults has prediabetes. Do you?

    February 27, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Grand Traverse Bay YMCA West

    The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is a program proven to motivate and support people at risk for developing diabetes and those with prediabetes to make practical, real-life changes and cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than half. The program can show you how to make better food choices, be more physically active and find helpful ways to cope with problems and stress. You’ll work with a trained lifestyle coach and a small group of people who share the same goal. MSU Extension has achieved full program recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The program consists of 16 weekly sessions within the first 6 months followed by 6 monthly sessions. Registration is required; please call the YMCA at (231) 486-6357. Course is limited to 15. YMCA will offer access to exercise classes for the first 16 weeks to non-YMCA members.

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