Tips for a Deer Free Garden

With spring in the air, homeowners are getting their gardens and landscapes ready for a beautiful summer. Rochester Hills is home to a variety of wildlife including white tailed deer. As neighbors look to design their ideal yard, there are different actions residents can take to garden smart and deter deer. Deer Love the Backyard Buffet - Photo by Michael Dwyer Keeping your plants from becoming an appealing snack for animals takes a multi-faceted approach. This starts with planting species … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Kicks Off Deer Driver Safety Campaign

As the seasons change and deer begin to be more active, the Deer Management Advisory Committee (DMAC) would like to remind drivers to be vigilant and keep an eye out for deer on the road. According to the Michigan State Police, Each year, there are nearly 50,000 reported vehicle-deer crashes in Michigan. About 80 percent of these crashes occur on two-lane roads between dusk and dawn. The most serious crashes occur when motorists swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or a fixed … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Hosts Smart Gardening Workshop

City Shares Tips and Tricks to Protect Your Plants from Deer The City of Rochester Hills will be hosting a “Gardening and Landscaping with Deer” seminar on June 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Auditorium. Participants will learn techniques for managing gardens to minimize the impacts of deer. "We have many tips to share to keep your yard from becoming a critter snack," states Rochester Hills Naturalist, Lance DeVoe. "Guests will walk away with the latest deer management information so … [Read more...]

Vacancy Notices for Committees, Boards & Commissions for Rochester Hills

Would you like to add your voice to the community of Rochester Hills? A vacancy notice has been posted for the following committees, boards and commissions:     Deer Management Advisory Committee      Green Space Advisory Board      Historic Districts Commission      Historic Districts Study Committee      Human Resources Technical Review Committee      Liquor License Technical Review Committee      Older Persons' Commission      Public Safety and Infrastructure Technical Review … [Read more...]

Hills deer crashes creeping upward

Car/deer crashes have dropped significantly in Rochester Hills since the deer herd was decimated by epizootic hemorrhagic disease in 2009. But such crashes were up slightly in 2011, with the city recording the second-highest total in southeast Michigan. Oakland Township was ranked third. The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments reported 139 deer/vehicle crashes in Rochester Hills in 2011, up from 122 in 2010. Oakland Township reported 111 crashes in each of the last two years; the city … [Read more...]