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Explore Rouge Creatures and Flora

Looking to learn more about plant and wildlife throughout the Rouge River Watershed? Explore among the Rouge Creature Feature and Flora Feature articles below for a deeper dive into your Rouge watershed inhabitants! Or search for a plant or animal across the site by pressing the magnifying glass icon to the right of the main menu above

CREATURE FEATURES

American Mink running at water's edge

CREATURE FEATURE – Wild Beauty

American mink (Neovison vison) – by Konrad...
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Asian Jumping Worm

CREATURE FEATURE – Earthworms (European & Asian Jumpers)

The Trouble with Worms GET TO KNOWCommon...
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Adult great egret with breeding feathers

CREATURE FEATURE – Great Egret

A Symbol for Conservation and Hope GET...
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Central mudminnow - by Robert Muller

CREATURE FEATURE – A Small and Mighty Fish

GET TO KNOW Central mudminnow At the...
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Eastern garter snake

CREATURE FEATURE – A Shy and Harmless Neighbor

GET TO KNOW Eastern garter snake Garter...
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Adult flathead mayfly

CREATURE FEATURE – Mayfly

Dance of the Mayfly GET TO KNOW...
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American Toad on grass

CREATURE FEATURE – American Toad

A Grumpy Garden Helper GET TO KNOW...
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Male wood duck by Mike's Birds CC-BY-SA-2.0

CREATURE FEATURE – Wood Ducks

A Fine Coat of Many Colors GET...
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Midland chorus frog on a finger

CREATURE FEATURE – Chorus Frogs

A Song of Spring GET TO KNOW...
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Close-up of snow flea on ice

CREATURE FEATURE – Snow Fleas

A Tiny Circus in the Snow GET...
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Male Dark-eyed junco

CREATURE FEATURE Dark-eyed Junco

Nature’s Original “Snowbird” GET TO KNOW Dark-eyed...
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Slender Winter Stonefly

CREATURE FEATURE Winter Stonefly

A Journey to the Ice and Snow...
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Beaver -photo by Amanda CC-BY-2.0

CREATURE FEATURE North American Beaver

The Return of an Old Friend GET...
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Redside Dace phot by Robert Muller

CREATURE FEATURE – Redside Dace

A Creature in Danger GET TO KNOW...
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Striped skunk

CREATURE FEATURE – Striped skunks

Beyond the Stink GET TO KNOW Striped...
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Mourning cloak butterfly on branch

CREATURE FEATURE – Mourning Cloak

A True Survivor GET TO KNOW Mourning...
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Eastern red-backed salamander

CREATURE FEATURE Eastern red-backed salamander

Life Under the Leaves GET TO KNOW:...
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Male & Female Belted Kingfisher

CREATURE FEATURE Belted Kingfishers

Watershed Royalty GET TO KNOW: Belted Kingfishers...
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Gilled Snail in Rouge watershed

CREATURE FEATURE Freshwater Snails

Gilled freshwater snail swims in Rouge watershed....
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Round gobies on stream bottom

CREATURE FEATURE – Round Goby

An Unwelcome Imposter GET TO KNOW round...
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Hummingbird Moth Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren

CREATURE FEATURE – Hummingbird Moth

Is it a hummingbird? A butterfly? A...
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CREATURE FEATURE – Green Heron

Hide & Seek! Can you find me?...
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CREATURE FEATURE – Opossum

Guess who helps fight tick borne disease?...
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CREATURE FEATURE – Snapping Turtle

Why did the turtle cross the road?...
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Ebony Jewelwing damselfly

CREATURE FEATURE- Damselfly

Am I a dragonfly? Known for brilliant,...
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Rainbow Darter

CREATURE FEATURE – Rainbow Darter

Can you find a rainbow in the...
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Keep Butterflies in Mind When Planning Your Garden

For most gardeners, each year’s garden is...
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FLORA FEATURES

Sugar Maple colors in fall

FLORA FEATURE – Autumn Glory

Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) – photo: David...
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Trees on Main Street Plymouth

FLORA FEATURE – The Street Life

Trees on Main Street in Plymouth –...
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Native Plant border at Chicago Botanical Garden

FLORA FEATURE – Replacing the Turf

GET TO KNOW: Michigan Native Grasses In...
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Swainson's thrush in spicebush

FLORA FEATURE – Life in the Shrub Lane

GET TO KNOW Our native shrubs Two...
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European Frogbit (hydrocharis) Jermey Halls - CC-BY-SA-2.0)

FLORA FEATURE – A Great Lakes Hitchhiker

GET TO KNOW European frog-bit European (or...
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Garlic Mustard flower, leaves, tall plants

FLORA FEATURE – The Importance of Place

GET TO KNOW Garlic Mustard In its...
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American pussy willow branch

FLORA FEATURE – All-Star Host for Pollinators

GET TO KNOW American Pussy Willow The...
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Spring ephemeral flowers - by Deb Nystorm CC-BY-2.0

FLORA FEATURE – Fleeting Flowers in the Woods

GET TO KNOW Spring Ephemerals In early...
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Winterberry shrub by David Guthrie CC-BY-SA-2.0

FLORA FEATURE – A Wintertime Bounty for Birds

Winterberry One of the prettiest plants in...
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Keep Butterflies in Mind When Planning Your Garden

For most gardeners, each year’s garden is...
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