Watch For Stranded Loons

Loon ReleaseThis is one year to watch out for any loons left on inland lakes. Our lakes are very late in freezing this season and loons have been seen on Crooked, Round, Burt, etc… recently. As these lakes freeze with the coming cold, loons left on them, especially immatures,  might find themselves trapped by closing ice. Adding to this trouble is the fact that, though loons have been molting for some time now, up till now these have been feathers not used for flight. Soon however, loons will molt their flight feathers, which normally occurs after they’ve reached their wintering grounds. Loons that have hung back on inland lakes are in severe danger if this molt occurs before leaving, because then they’re flightless for 6-8 weeks, meaning when the lakes freeze, they’ve nowhere to go. In 2007, 17 loons died on a New Hampshire lake because they stayed too long.

So, as lakes freeze, keep on the lookout for any trapped loons this season. It’s very dangerous to rescue birds on newly frozen ice and partially frozen lakes, so report any stranded loons you see to this site.

Crane Film At Clarkston Backyard Birders


Crane Mom an Chick

We have been invited, thanks to Penny Bennett, to present the film, Dance of the Sandhill Crane on Wednesday at 7pm, November 28, to members of the Clarkston Area Backyard Birders Club. Lee Anne and I will show the roughly 50-minute film, then play a set of three original nature songs, Another May, Descent, and Little Bird. Afterward, we’ll take questions. This free, public event takes place at The Gateway, a family-owned and -operated flower and gift shop located at 7150 N Main St, in the Village of Clarkston.

On Thursday, the following day, we’ll be Bill Haney’s guests for a television interview on Conversations With Bill, where we’ll discuss loon preservation in Michigan, along with other nature-related things, and do some more music. Bill is a Michigan author and publisher and president of the Backyard Birders Club.

Earth Day Essential In Helping The Environment

Karen David Martin

This article was written by Karen Martin and sent to the Cheboygan Tribune April 10, 2018


The story of Earth Day is also the story of the environmental movement in the U.S. and the world.

One catalyst was the best selling book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson in 1962. Carson, a biologist, understood chemicals and the dangers to our health from using pesticides and herbicides and other carcinogens. This book increased awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment, and the connection between pollution and public health.

The “founder” of Earth Day was Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Minnesota. The senator was moved by the environmental disaster of the oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969.

Sen. Nelson sought and got support from Congressman Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded republican. In addition Denis Hayes from Harvard was brought on board. These three men coordinated and promoted events across the country. The efforts culminated on April 22, 1970 when 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, auditoriums, college campuses and more. They marched and protested in support of a healthy and sustainable environment.

Citizens marched from coast to coast and from north to south. Earth Day received strong support from both republicans and democrats.

By the end of 1970, under the Nixon admin-istration Earth Day led to the creation of the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency, passage of of the Clean Air and Clean water Acts as well as the Endangered S pecies Act. The importance of these acts cannot be understat! ed.

Life depends on clean water and safe air.

In 1990 Denis Hayes organized a huge global campaign—mobilizing 200 million people in 144 countries. That year Earth Day went global! As the year 2000 approached Mr. Hayes spearheaded yet another effort, this one focused on Global Warming and a push for clean energy. About 5,000 environmental groups from around the world in 184 nations marched and rallied sending a strong message to leaders that citizens around the world wanted action on the twin issues of Global Warming and Clean Energy.

Cheboygan and Earth Day

I moved to Cheboygan in October of 1970.

No one I’ve talked to can recall if Cheboygan celebrated Earth Day 1970 or not. To the best of my knowledge, nothing of any n ote addressed Earth Day until April 2008, when the Straits Area Concerned Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment (SACCPJE) held a day long workshop on a Saturday at the Cheboygan Public Library. We called the event Planet Earth, Our Only Home.

At the end we gave away a tree.

In 2009 Brenda Archambo and Laren Corie held a similar event.

Topics included: plastic shopping bags, recycling, Climate change and more.

In 2010, as part of the Audubon’s 100th birthday, the Straits Area Audubon Society had the honor of putting together events.

All these efforts led to the creation of Earth Week Plus (EWP) in 2011, under the leadership of Judi Chimner.

Earth Week Plus is about six weeks long.

Full of educational and fun activities for the entire family. Events are offered around the county. The big event of EWP is the Earth Expo held at the High School each year. There is so much to do and learn.

Some people have tables in the hallways that are incredibly informative.

Others hold educational gatherings in classrooms. One of my personal favorites is the live animal education in the gym. The year I attended one, I fell in love with turkey vultures! earthweekplus. org.

For about six years in a row the SACCPJE group have met on the corner of State and Main Streets with Earth-positive signs, usually timed to see school buses taking students home. Great to see the kids excited and pointing.

A new event, now in its second year, is the Earth Da y March and Rally for Science. This year the event starts on corner of State and Main Streets (Ottawa Park) in Cheboygan on April 21, at 11 a.m. You are encouraged to make and bring science and Earth messaged signs. If you prefer not to march, you’ll be entertained with music performed by Sam King during the march.

The rally will take place at Ottawa park after the march. Come join us in support of science!

Thanks to Sen. Nelson and the birth of Earth Day which led to those legislative acts in 1970, our air and water were cleaned up. We must remain vigilant and not let those regulations be weakened.

Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, many creatures still fly above us (Bald Eagle), and walk the land (wolves) as nature intended. Rachel Carson’s warnings about dangerous chemicals is as relevant today as it was over 50 years a go. We deserve and we require a healthy, sustainable planet in order! to live healthy lives into the future.

Consider celebrating Earth Day as a family affair: plant a tree, spend an hour or two picking up trash, recycle, avoid plastic bags and water bottles…..

the list of things we can all do is staggering.

Happy Earth Day to all!

— Karen Martin, Founder of Straits Area Concerned Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environmental.

Dance of the Sandhill Crane

Cranes Cutout Pastel

On Tuesday, March 6, the film, The Dance of the Sandhill Crane will be shown for the Friends of the Onaway Library. The 45-minute film starts about 1pm, and discussion will take place afterward. Admission is free, and this event takes place at the Onaway Courthouse, located in the town of Onaway on M-68.

Crane Film June 26 Petoskey Library

Crane Mom and ChickThe film, Dance of the Sandhill Crane will show tonight, June 26 at the Carnegie Building at 451 E. Mitchell in Petoskey at 7PM. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Petoskey Library, and is open to the public and free of charge. Follow a sandhill crane family through the season and get an inside peek into their everyday lives. The film lasts about 45 minutes, with time for questions and discussion after.

Dance of the Sandhill Crane

Cranes Cutout PastelThe film, The Dance of the Sandhill Crane will show tonight (April 11) at the Sault Naturalists’ monthly meeting in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan. This takes place at the Bayliss Public Library at 541 Library Dr. at 7pm. Anyone in the Eastern UP who hasn’t gotten a chance to see it yet, we hope to see you there. The next presentation in our area of the Lower Peninsula will be in June at the Petoskey Library. Hopefully, the PDF poster below will open in your device so you can see the great poster the Sault Naturalists’ provided. If not, the link here will take you to their site!


Dance of the Sandhill Crane

The next presentation of the film The Dance of the Sandhill Crane will take place Saturday, March 25 at Woldumar Nature Center in Lansing. The film will be shown at noon, followed by questions and discussion (and perhaps a few short films), time permitting. Visit the Woldumar website for more information and directions. Hope to see you there!

Crane Mom and Chick