Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division has developed a new promotional campaign called "Explore Michigan's Wetland Wonders" to highlight the managed waterfowl areas throughout southern Michigan. These are premier locations not only for waterfowl hunting, but also for birding, fishing, canoeing/kayaking, nature exploration, and a variety of other outdoor recreation. These areas are located in major waterfowl migration areas and are managed to provide wetland habitat for waterfowl and a wide diversity of other wildlife species. As part of the Exploring Michigan's Wetland Wonders campaign, they have developed a Wetland Wonders Challenge II contest that will begin on March 23, 2013 and run through the middle of August. We're inviting folks to explore these areas during the spring and summer to experience all of the great outdoor recreational opportunities. Events are being planned at all seven of these areas during this timeframe to highlight non-hunting recreational activities. When visitors come to an official Wetland Wonders Challenge II event, they can sign-up for a chance to win one of seven prize packages including unique outdoor experiences. Examples of events include birding tours and workshops, paddling workshops, fishing workshops, nature hikes, and photography and nature art workshops. You can find more information on the Wetland Wonders website(www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders). To kick this event off, the Pte. Mouillee staff is hosting a driving birding tour that will be guided by local area staff and local birding experts. The tour will start at 9:00 a.m. at the Pte. Mouillee headquarters located at 37205 Mouillee Rd., Rockwood, MI 48173. You can call 734.379.7430 for additional details if needed. This will give you a great chance to see the entire 4,040 acre wetland complex. A great opportunity to see a whole host of wildlife species and see all the exciting projects that have been initiated at the game area. This is a real gem of southeast Michigan for many outdoor opportunities. The effort that Joe Robison and crew put in every year really gets maximum value for the wildlife. Hope to see you on the 23rd. Get Outdoors Downriver.