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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

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.


My Earth Home

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From Red Sky Stage Radio’s Planet Michigan (airs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:45, 12:45, 5:45 & 8:45).……                  Today on Red Sky Stage Radio’s…Planet Michigan…I continue, and put to sweet rest…my 2-part Earth Home segment…music, of course and always…by the … Continue reading


My Bike Commute (RSSR)

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Today, on Red Sky Stage Radio’s…Planet Michigan…I talk about my bike…music for this show–and every show—by the most excellent and honourable (that’s with a letter U)…Kevin MacLeod……so another way in which I do my small part in lessening my impact … Continue reading