The Michigan Wildlife Photo Mosaic Wall will be at the Crim Festival of Races in Flint through Saturday, allowing people of all ages to join in a once-in-a-lifetime experience celebrating the state’s outdoor heritage in a fun and innovative format that will be preserved for posterity.
The Michigan Wildlife Council invites visitors to pose for free, live-event, real-time photos illustrating how people are necessary for wildlife management. Sponsored by the Michigan Wildlife Council, this traveling exhibit is part of a statewide celebration of the nationally recognized efforts the state is making to ensure Michigan’s wildlife and natural resources are preserved for future generations.
At the Michigan Wildlife Council booth in the main tent on the surface parking lot at Saginaw and First streets, participants will have photos taken by council volunteers that automatically print their facial image as a sticker. They can then place their photo sticker on the mosaic board, which will appear as an 8-foot-wide by 4-foot-tall artistic image of an elk, one of Michigan’s many wildlife success stories. Participants will also receive a free souvenir 4-by-6-inch photo. Participation is free.
Nearly 2,000 people have already taken part in the creation of a peregrine falcon photo mosaic at Detroit’s Comerica Park during a Tigers game, a Kirtland’s warbler photo at Grand Rapids’ John Ball Zoo and a lake sturgeon mosaic at the Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba. Future events are planned for the Sept. 7 Michigan State University-Western Michigan University football game in East Lansing and at Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The events highlight that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Legislature declared July as “Michigan Wildlife Conservation Month.”
After the statewide tour, the final versions of each Michigan Wildlife Photo Mosaic Wall will be displayed at the Michigan History Center in Lansing.