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Living With Wildlife

Many residential areas in Meridian Township are in semi-rural areas or near to parks and natural areas. Usually residents enjoy the opportunity to watch the native wildlife that comes into their yards. Many people even encourage them by putting out feeders and growing flowers that birds and butterflies like. However, sometimes these same beautiful animals can become a nuisance by damaging the area around a house or even the house itself.

White-tail Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

White-tail deer live in wooded areas and feed at the forest edge near open areas usually at sunrise and sunset. These open areas are frequently now agricultural fields or residential yards. In the summer, deer will roam in small family groups. In the winter, a few does and their young will stay together for safety, but in our area the groups are not large like the deer yards up north. Fawns are born in May or June and are not weaned for four months. Predators to young deer are coyote, gray wolf, bobcat, cougar and feral dogs. Healthy adults are usually only in danger from man. There are several designated White-tail Deer hunting seasons in Michigan beginning in September. Please remember, there is no hunting in Meridian Townships parks.

Living with Pollinators

The National Recreation and Parks Association recently conducted a poll showing that nearly all Americans agree that promoting pollinator health should be a conservation priority across the United States. Parks play a critical role in providing habitat for vital pollinator species such as bees and butterflies by preserving and enhancing greenspace.

The Meridian Township Parks Department has taken numerous steps to enhance pollinator habitat and promote pollinator education in its parks and land preserves:

• Hartrick Park has a Monarch Watch certified Monarch Way Station Garden that was planted and is maintained by students from Okemos’ Bennett Woods Elementary School.

• Seed ball projects have been completed in numerous parks and land preserves in which local students create soil balls with native, pollinator friendly seeds to throw into grasslands for enhancement.

• The Mary M. G. Helmbrecht Pollinator Buffer in the Meridian Historical Village was planted in 2015 by students from Haslett’s Murphy Elementary School and has been expanded every year to provide habitat for pollinators.

• The Meridian Land Preservation Program installed and maintains over 100 acres of native grasslands that feature native forb species which support a variety of pollinator species.
Meridian Township Residents can support pollinators in their backyards by planting native forbs in home gardens.


  • Seasonal Park Trails Advisory
  • What are the Parks and Trails Rules?
  • Is there going to be a dog park?
  • Is hunting allowed in Meridian Township Parks?
  • What plants don't deer like to eat?
  • What plants do deer like to eat?
  • How can I keep deer out of my yard?
  • What is happening with Towner Road Park?
  • Which species are pollinator friendly?
  • Who do I call about road kill?
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