Bruce Township Supervisor – October 2017

by Carl Marsh

The township has been busy this summer with many improvements. We took over ownership of the Donaldson Cemetery at M129 and 13 Mile Road. We are doing a complete listing of the graves in the new part; the northwest side of 13 Mile Road. This is a big job.

We will be working on the old part; the southwest side of 13 Mile Road in the future. The parking lot at the township hall was enlarged with gravel to help with parking and snow removal. About four miles of south Scenic Drive from 15 Mile Road south to Conley Point Boat Launch has new blacktop and shoulder gravel.

Due to the high water in the St. Mary’s River we placed rock around the shoreline at Dunbar Park to prevent further erosion. There is a new bridge at the South Branch of the Charlotte River on West 12 Mile Road. It is constructed with pre-casted concrete pieces. UP Pipe in Escanaba and the county workers installed the bridge.

Nature in Bruce Township – October 2017

by Karen Allard

This has been an eventful summer as far as critters are concerned. Oddly enough I only have five or six turkeys coming in to eat but that is fine with me. The new additions showed up a couple of weeks ago. Two cock pheasants and one hen. They must have escaped captivity but have made themselves at home here which is great. The large numbers of blackbirds, grackles and starlings appears to be dwindling down. They can sure eat up a bucket of feed fast.

Haven’t seen a hummingbird in about a week but still have two feeders out for the stragglers. Have seen a pair of rose-breasted grosbeaks at the feeders recently as well as the red-breasted and white-breasted nuthatches. Lots of flickers still around eating up all the ants in the yard. The deer came to dine one night and gobbled up my hosta plants. They were almost finished blooming anyway and hopefully will come back next year. Have had around eight bear in the neighborhood. Saw one sow with twins and another that had triplets.

The DNR folks were here banding the geese and the one guy said to take down the feeders if you don’t want them torn down. I had already had to have one of my shepherd’s hooks straightened from being bent over double by one of the bears. So I took the feeders down and only fed the birds in the morning and also took the hummingbird feeders down every day at dusk. One evening about eight o’clock I went out and took in the feeder out front. About 15 minutes later I glanced up at the front window to see one of the bears looking in the window as if asking “what did you do with the feeder?”

I caught a few more pictures on the trail cam after that but no bears now for about a month. There is a very pretty fox that comes around to check and see if I put anything good out. Sometimes it lucks out but usually the ravens and crows clear up all the scraps in a matter of minutes. Also Mama raccoon has been coming in with her three little ones so I have quite a few pictures of them from the trail cam. The sandhill cranes discovered the corn in the backyard so they are coming in a few times a day and if there is no food they sure get noisy about it.

One thing I did not see much of this summer was fawns. In late June one doe came through the back with twins and turned north to bed down over at the neighbors place. Since then I have not seen any of the fawns. There are a couple does coming in to check for corn though. Happy Fall. Please let me know of any unusual sightings – bird or critter – at (906)635-1486.

Clerk’s Report – October 2017

Here it is fall already. It seems like summer went by so fast. We have sure had a nice warm fall. I’m trying not to say it has been a little warmer than I like. We had a busy summer with an election in May and August. I’m thankful we don’t have one in November.

This has also been our year to have an audit for April 2016 to March 2017. We spent a lot of time digging out paperwork. The Hall continues to be busy with rentals coming in for 2018. Don’t forget the Firemen’s Pig Roast on October 21.