EASTERN BLUEBIRDS of OAKLAND (with tributes from Thoreau)


“A man’s interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the flora and fauna of a town.” Henry David Thoreau

Eastern bluebirds have at long last announced the delayed arrival of spring to Oakland County with flight and song. Their brilliant royal blue backs and rusty brown breasts add rich warmth to fields and meadows laced with remnants of crusty ice and slushy snow. Perhaps these beautiful members of the thrush family responded to the words of Thoreau:   “His soft warble melts in the ear, as the snow is melting in the valleys around. The bluebird comes and with his warble drills the ice and sets free the rivers and ponds and frozen grounds…the leading edge of spring.”

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Free Woodchip Days

Orion Oaks Park

Save your wallet and the date, Oakland County Parks will be providing free wood chips and compost September 14 and October 12 at Orion Oaks County Park from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Laying down a fresh layer of mulch in the fall helps prevent weed growth in the spring, retain water in the soil, and protects your plants from extreme temperature changes as we move into winter. The free wood chips and compost must be self-loaded so be sure to bring your pitchfork or shovel along with your truck or trailer and a tarp.

Orion Oaks County Park is located at:

2301 Clarkston Road
Orion Township, Michigan

Visit the Oakland County Parks Department website to learn more about upcoming events happening this fall.