The Watershed Wildlife Website is in its Fifteenth Year!
Wildlife & Nature in The West Michigan White River Watershed

See "Our Rural Nature" at the bottom of page. 


An Article


Jerry Grady




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"Watershed" What is it?

Simply put:

It is all the land that—sooner or later—sheds its runoff into a common aquifer.

It might travel a distance of miles or a few feet. The river and Lake have thousands of creeks, streams springs and seeps that all come from somewhere within the watershed. It includes your lawn, your farm, parking lots, roads, buildings and storm sewers.



The Watershed Wildlife Philosophy
"Our Rural Nature"

This website has been providing its visitors with a taste of wildlife and nature in the White River watershed area for fifteen years. When I created the site, my goal was to help increase the awareness of our place in the world to contrast it to more urban environments and by doing, exemplify what can be lost if we aren’t cautious.

What we have is what urbanized areas lack: The chance to put a bobber in the water, learn to hunt, sail, rent a kayak, photograph wildlife, fish off of the pier, go on a bike ride away from traffic or simply wriggle our toes into the beautiful Lake Michigan sand. It's endless.

We don’t need the things other less fortunate communities have created in order to compensate for not having access to our unique rural nature. The addition of more concrete, turf grass, and parking would serve only to diminish our uniqueness.

I suggest, instead of striving for quantity, we embrace our rural nature and focus on opportunities for residents and visitors to access and unobtrusively experience the qualities we already possess. We watershed residents need to be very careful when we make changes or additions to our communities and our property. Is it consistent with conserving or enhancing the health of our water resources? Is what we plan in harmony with our surroundings or is it just the result of old habits and urban envy?

Without a clear understanding of what we are, we run the risk of becoming something less.

Jerry Grady

Watershed Wildlife
Inaugurated October 29th, 2008
Jan 29, 2024

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