Things are really heating up here in the Downriver Outdoors. The trees are all leafed out, flowers are popping up and some gardens have even been started.All just in time for Mother's Day. For this Mother's Day weekend plan on doing something with Mom in the great Downriver Outdoors. Here's a great opportunity that the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and the Lake Erie Metro Park will be putting on this weekend.
You can take Mom on a nature walk early and have a picnic breakfast on the way. Or let Mom sleep in for breakfast in bed and then hit the trails later in the morning. There are many unusual birds in the area that are migrating to their normal breeding areas. I don't think you'll see a tangier in a sombrero but a Baltimore oriole is almost a guarantee. The program is free but a vehicle permit is required.Celebrate Mothers Day Outdoors With the MDNR!

At Oakwoods Metro Park the program on Saturday is about Mothers in nature. Take Mom to see how animal mothers and their children get along in the wild, there's a $3 for this program. Take Mom on Sunday for an enjoyable hike in the woods while searching for spring wildflowers. This program is free but a vehicle entry permit is required for all Metro Parks.

How about taking Mom fishing. It's a great outdoor pursuit you both can enjoy. With the silver bass in the river there are many places from shore to catch these fish. Pack a picnic and buy some minnows and soon you'll both be catching so many fish it will be a Mother's Day that both of you will remember for a lifetime.

This is also a perfect time to put Mom in for a bear or an elk permit. The cost is only $4 but could result in a freezer full of meat. Go to MDNR permit applications:,1607,7-153-10363_42807---,00.html. If not for Mother's Day you'll need to do it before the end of the month.

Get Outdoors Downriver and Happy Mother's Day to all Moms.