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About The Woodward Spine

The Woodward Spine was the brainchild of Michael Fossano and Jeffrey Buck, two Royal Oak, Mich. natives who met nearly 10 years ago while attending the now-defunct George A. Dondero High School. It seemed fitting for the two Wayne State University alums to craft an outlet to help continually refine their writing skills, while also serving as a trusted source of information for the metro Detroit community. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts not only by Mike and Jeff, but other upstanding citizens as well who are driven and proficient in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, however concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.

On Your Mark … Get Set … Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Thousands of runners and walkers will lace up their running shoes and head over to the Detroit Zoo on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, for the 19th annual Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo. Proceeds from the event benefit the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex and veterinary care for the Zoo’s animals.

The event includes a 5K run, 10K run, Too Wild! 5K + 10K combo and noncompetitive 1.5-mile fun walk. Runners in the 5K and 10K events will start at the Zoo’s 10 Mile Road entrance and wind through the scenic streets of Huntington Woods surrounding the Zoo. Walkers will follow a course past award-winning animal habitats as they stroll through Zoo grounds.

Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo begins with the 5K run at 8 a.m., followed by the 10K run at 9 a.m. and the untimed fun walk at 9:15 a.m. Online registration is available at www.detroitzoo.org/runwild until 6 a.m. Sept. 11, and registration will also be available at the Zoo on Sept. 11, 12 and 13. Participants who register by Aug. 14 receive $5 off their registration fee.

New this year, family and friends can sponsor Run Wild participants by making a donation at http://www.crowdrise.com/RunWildfortheDetroitZoo.

Medals will be presented to the top two male and female finishers in each age category. All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt as well as free admission to the Zoo on race day. Regular Zoo admission applies for non-race participants.

A post-race party sponsored by Kroger will follow the Run Wild event with live music, family entertainment, and complimentary food and beverages.

Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo has been recognized as a quality physical activity event by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. The Governor’s Council endorses local, regional and state events to acknowledge an organization’s ability to plan and carry out a quality event that significantly contributes to the health and well-being of Michigan residents.

Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo is supported by Ford Motor Company, Genisys Credit Union, Kroger, Moosejaw, Pepsi and Tim Hortons.

The Zoo is looking for volunteers to assist as course marshals during the event. For information on volunteer opportunities, contact Linda Denomme at (248) 541-5717 x.3806 or ldenomme@dzs.org.

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New Year Ushers in New “Era” at Detroit Zoo

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Detroit Zoo

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Shortly after the ball dropped at midnight on January 1, 2015, the Detroit Zoo had something special to celebrate ¬– an endangered male Grevy’s zebra born at 2:45 a.m. at the zebra habitat.

The foal – named Enzi, a Swahili word meaning “era” or “reign” – has been kept indoors during the frigid months since his birth, but will be seen outdoors on days when the thermometer reaches 50 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer.

This is the second foal for 23-year-old mom Elvira and 14-year-old father Z.Z. The new arrival brings the Detroit Zoo’s zebra herd to five, including the pair’s 3-year-old male offspring Jimmy and 12-year-old female Zoe.

“Enzi is doing very well and is full of energy,” said Scott Carter, Detroit Zoological Society chief life sciences officer. “Typical of zebra foals his age, he’s never far from his mom. Elvira is an experienced mother and is doing a great job raising her little one.” Continue reading

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Leap into Conservation by Joining FrogWatch

Detroit Zoo | Mountain Chicken Frog

Detroit Zoo | Mountain Chicken Frog

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoological Society is encouraging Southeast Michigan residents to hop to it and join the local chapter of FrogWatch USA. The citizen science program teaches volunteers how to identify frogs and toads by their breeding calls and to gather and record data that supports a national network.

“We already know about the extinctions and crises amphibians face globally, but we don’t know what’s happening in our own backyards. FrogWatch allows us to monitor our native amphibians and make sure their populations are healthy,” said Detroit Zoological Society Chief Life Sciences Officer Scott Carter.

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Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Performs Composer’s Complete Piano Trios Feb. 6, 7, 8

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, — The Chamber Music Society of Detroit presents a Beethoven Festival featuring the composer’s complete works for piano trio performed by the venerated Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio February 6-8. The performances take place in three different venues – Friday February 6 in the Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, Saturday February 7 at Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, and Sunday February 8 at Varner Recital Hall at Oakland University in Rochester – giving ticket buyers an opportunity to experience all three of the Chamber Music Society’s major venues. Individual concert tickets and discounted Festival Passes ($75 for all three concerts or $55 for two concerts) are available by phone at 248-855-6070 or online at www.ChamberMusicDetroit.org. Details follow below. Continue reading

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Makes U.S. Debut at Detroit Zoo

DetroitZooROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition – a collection of images from the world’s largest and most prestigious wildlife photography competition – made its U.S. debut at the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center on November 22, 2014. The show runs through March 23, 2015, and is free with Zoo admission.

The exhibition of winners from the 2013 competition features 100 images dramatically displayed as illuminated large-format color transparencies. The images were chosen from more than 42,000 entries by photographers from 96 countries. Continue reading

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Detroit Zoo Decks the Halls with Green this Holiday Season

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is dreaming of a green Christmas – and Hanukkah and Kwanzaa – by incorporating elements of its Greenprint sustainability plan into Detroit Zoo events and operations this holiday season.

The Zoo’s Wild Lights holiday light display, held on select evenings through December 31, features more than five million energy-efficient LED lights illuminating buildings, trees and more than 100 animal sculptures on a trail through the front half of the Zoo. A 100-bulb string of LED lights uses the same electricity as 42 100-bulb strings of traditional lights.

“We’re very excited to present an even bigger and brighter Wild Lights display this year and even more so to do it in a green way,” said Ron Kagan, DZS Executive Director and CEO.

The DZS Green Team is on hand at Wild Lights to share green holiday tips, including demonstrations on how to upcycle common household trash and recycling items into bird feeders, tree ornaments and tabletop centerpieces. Guests can bring in broken holiday lights for recycling in exchange for a coupon toward a new strand of LED holiday lights. Continue reading

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Detroit Zoo Makes an Impact on Wyoming Toad Comeback

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoological Society’s breeding program for the Wyoming toad has produced a record 3,945 tadpoles for release into the wild in its efforts to preserve the federally endangered amphibian.

“This is the largest number of tadpoles we have ever sent back to Wyoming,” said Marcy Sieggreen, Curator of Amphibians at the Detroit Zoo. The majority of the tadpoles were released into the Laramie Basin, a protected Wyoming wetland, while 16 were reserved for future breeding at other facilities.

“The tadpoles are returned to Wyoming before the middle of July so they have plenty of time to grow and metamorphose in the wetlands where they’ll live. It takes them approximately four to five weeks to change into toadlets,” said Sieggreen.

The Wyoming toad (Bufo baxteri) is a dark brown, gray or greenish amphibian with small, dark blotches. The average length is 2.2 inches, with the females slightly larger than the males.

Once abundant in the wetlands and irrigated meadows of Wyoming’s southeastern plains, the Wyoming toad was listed as extinct in the wild in 1994, meaning populations are no longer producing offspring that survive to adulthood in the wild.

The cause of the declines are not well understood, but it is likely that more than one factor contributed to the situation in the past, with habitat loss and infectious diseases suspected as major drivers.

In 2007, the Detroit Zoological Society’s collaborative breeding program for the Wyoming toad was No. 1 on the Association of Zoos and Aquariums list of the Top 10 wildlife conservation success stories. The breeding partnership has successfully released more than 6,000 tadpoles, toadlets and toads in Wyoming since the program’s inception in 1995.

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