Birdwatching is a hobby taking flight along the Saginaw Bay Birding Trail, which includes Bay County

The next time you’re out running errands in the region, scan the sky. You may catch a glimpse of an eagle, a falcon, or even a pelican. The Saginaw Bay Birding Trail runs right through Bay County, giving us the unique opportunity to see a number of different bird species from our own backyards.

Birdwatching is a hobby that takes little money or equipment to get into, and is a catalyst for getting people back into nature. It’s growing in popularity in the region, and from Tawas to Port Austin, there are a number of places to enjoy the pastime.

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Fort Pierce police officer using replica car hobby to help others

Fort Pierce police community outreach Officer Damian Spotts has been making replicas of patrol cars for more than 15 years but tells me this is the first time he is using them as a way to raise money and hopes it will make a big impact.“It’s a good feeling of course I never thought this would ever become a helping source,” Spotts said. When Officer Spotts isn’t out serving his community with the Fort Pierce police, like he has for more than 18 years, he is most likely working on his model car collection.“It’s just something that takes my mind … Read More

Goldin in Deal with Japanese Company; Newman Collection Update; Cold Storage Mantle; Hobby vs. COVID

Goldin Auctions is partnering with the largest chain of sports and gaming card shops in Japan.  The deal with MINT Co., Ltd., will enable collectors in Japan to “more effectively buy and sell high-value cards in the international market,” according to Goldin.

Each of the cards MINT sells through Goldin Auctions will be authenticated and graded by PSA. Beginning this month, collectors in Japan will be able to submit their cards to MINT to be sold through Goldin.  It’s expected to involve millions of dollars worth of collectibles each year.

“Interest in trading cards and collectibles is booming around the

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Herring gull egg a remnant of harmful hobby

This object has ties to both culinary and natural history pastimes. It is made of calcium carbonate, and is a creamy color with brown speckles to help provide camouflage.

Most of us consider eggs to be food, rather than decorative objects, outside of certain holidays. However, natural history and egg collecting were incredibly popular during the Victorian era (circa 1880s-1900) with the “hobby” eventually dying off in the 1940s, when our object was collected, along with other examples in our collection.

Egg gatherers would regularly raid nests, with one wealthy collector amassing more than 300,000 specimens from all over the

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Childhood dream fuels hobby store | News

DESHLER — A childhood passion for model trains fueled David Zucker’s desire to create a hobby store dedicated to the tiny, but intricate, machines.

David and his high school sweetheart, Deb, started Spring Creek Model Trains in 2000, which has grown from a hobby business inside a small enclosed trailer to a 4,500-square-foot structure.

“It was a lifelong dream of mine to have a hobby store,” David said.

His fascination with trains, and other large machinery like farm equipment, began early in life.

He loved watching Rock Island Railroad trains rumble down the tracks through Deshler, on the same set

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Sports Card Boom: This childhood hobby has turned into big business

For many, collecting sports cards was a childhood hobby. But now, ‘the hobby’ is big business.

“I’ve got waitlists starting for products I won’t even have for two or three months. I’ve got people that want me to call them as soon as it gets here and give them a price,” said Don ‘DJ’ Joss, owner of DJ’s Sportscards in Renton.

Joss knows the sports card industry well.

“I try to have every price range in here. You can walk in with a dollar or two and get a stack of Griffey cards or some quarter stuff. You can find

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