Monthly Archives: October 2012

Avian botulism kills off hundreds of loons and other birds

Nearly 300 loons and other birds have been reported dead along the shores of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The Detroit Free Press today reported that southwest and northwest winds in recent weeks caused the birds to wash ashore. Botulism … Continue reading

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Michigan’s oldest banded loon dies from avian botulism

Michigan’s oldest banded loon died last weekend on a Lake Michigan beach, according to  Michigan Audubon Society which reported that the 21-year-old loon died from avian botulism. The loon is known as “The Patriarch.” It was born in 1991 to … Continue reading

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Innovation: Cardboard bicycle prototype developed

Now this is innovative – a cardboard bicycle. For real. It’s made of cardboard, not just a print. It’s a real working cycle. The cardboard is coated with a waterproof resin and then painted. The bike, called Alfa, weighs 20 … Continue reading

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Gallery: Wooden canoe gathering on the AuSable River

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When members of the Wooden Heritage Canoe Association got together on the AuSable River near Grayling Michigan recently, their boats spoke to the timelessness of wood, beauty and good design. All photos Copyright © 2012 Howard Meyerson

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Wooden canoe enthusiasts gather on the AuSable River

By Howard Meyerson It was a quintessential fall day: cool and sunny with color in the trees, bold splashes of yellow and orange lining the banks of the AuSable River. What made it all the more colorful was company I … Continue reading

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Sunset Over Superior

Minnesota photographer and kayak guide, Bryan Hansel says it’s time to start packing up the gear. The paddling season is about over. His sunset over Lake Superior conveys it well. Check out his work at Bryan Hansel Photography on Facebook

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Citizens critical of oil and gas leasing under state lands

  The State of Michigan is planning to auction off oil and gas leases on October. 24, 2012. Many Michigan residents turned out for a public meeting to share their concerns about the decision. Here’s a look at some of their perspectives … Continue reading

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New plans for Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge

By Howard Meyerson DeTour, MI – Boaters, paddlers, hikers and wildlife enthusiasts may find Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge more inviting in future years. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service staffers are finalizing the conservation plan for the 695 acre island … Continue reading

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Getting Edgy: Collaboration Unlikely

In light of recent aggressive attacks by mountain goats, one might imagine a climber’s consternation. Photo found at The American Alpine Institute on Facebook.

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Group searches Lake Michigan for historic French shipwreck

A group of shipwreck hunters from Dayton Ohio continue to search Lake Michigan for the Griffon, purported to be the oldest shipwreck in the Great Lakes dating back to 1679. The French vessel was thought by some to be in … Continue reading

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