Friday, March 7, 2014

Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame April 10, 2014 Event

Norm Spring will be inducted into the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame on April 10, 2014, 7 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Norm was active in preserving the environment before the first Earth day. An outdoorsman, he saw damages done to the air, streams, lakes and land.  He worked through the democratic processes to make good changes.  In Grand Haven Michigan he went to every city council meeting for three years to ban the spraying of DDT in the city and finally won that battle.  Then with others he formed the Michigan Pesticides Council and the ban went statewide, and then nationwide. Now we have seen the return of the American bald eagle to the shores of the Great Lakes.  An enviromental victory for all living things.  

Norm spearheaded and won many other environmental victories to better the environment for all.

Others who will be inducted into the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame are Don Inman, Joan Wolfe and Dave Dempsey.

Below see others who are now in the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame:

Fred Wilder, a Muskegon native. Wilder has been active in conservation since he was in high school in the 1940s. He has long volunteered with Sportsman for Youth, the Muskegon Conservation Club, of which he’s a past president, and the Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society. In 2011, the Michigan United Conservation Clubs gave Wilder their Past Presidents’ Award for conservation.
Former Gov. William Milliken. The organization is honoring Milliken, Michigan’s Republican governor from 1969 to 1983, for his role in enacting many of the state’s environmental protection laws.
Howard Tanner, director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources from 1975 to 1983. Tanner also was director of natural resources for Michigan State University and helped launch the planting of salmon in Lake Michigan, establishing the state’s salmon fishery.

Today, bald eagles are seen around the Great Lakes more and more often, but in 1978, these magnificent birds were threatened.
Threatened with extinction. Their eggs never hatched since pesticides that lingered in the environment long after they were sprayed to kill insects magnified in Great Lakes food pyramids. The eagle is at the peak of the food pyramid and its favorite food is fish.
This makes the eagle an environmental indicator; a measuring stick of how well the whole ecosystem is faring. Where the ecosystem is healthy, eagles can live and raise their young.
Since DDT was banned in 1972, the nesting eagle population has increased.

Excerpted from The Dynamic Great Lakes by Barbara Spring.  

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Video Downy Woodpecker near Lake Michigan

This winter is tough on everything including the birds.  We help the birds by hanging suet cakes and sunflower seeds.

I took this video of a hungry downy woodpecker through my window.  This will keep it going for a while.  Tufted titmouse, slate colored juncos, cardinals, and many other birds come to our feeders.  We are happy to serve them.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Video Lake Erie

Lake Erie  click here for the video

Our shallowest and most populated of the five Great Lakes.  Here is a short video showing Lake Erie and its problems.

Read more in The Dynamic Great Lakes  
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Friday, February 21, 2014

Video of Lake Superior Ice Caves

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Nice video but due to a change in wind and weather, it is not safe to go on the ice 2/22/2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Isle Royale Wolves

The wolves of Isle Royale have been studied for years.  Click the link above to read about how ice could affect the wolf pack.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Grand Haven Pier in Winter

The snow is pretty but driving is getting more and more difficult. This must be a record year for snow and cold here on Lake Michigan.
Many people have gotten into trouble when walking on the pier.  The lake changes constantly and what might look like solid ice is not. Wind and changes in water currents cause the ice to be unstable.  This is the place where the Grand River flows into Lake Michigan.  Not safe to walk here.  Dogs do not understand ice and should not be allowed to run free in this area.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Ice Builds on the Great Lakes

While ice builds on the Great Lakes, the wooded dunes in West Michigan are blanketed with snow. The birds work to find food and have been coming to bird feeders and suet cakes. We have seen woodpeckers, cardinals making splashes of red against the white snow. Chickadees and nuthatches along with many other birds enjoy the handouts and we are happy to see them in our yard. Out on Lake Michigan's ice packs we have been seeing the American bald eagles. These birds will have their high flying courtships in February. Right now they are looking for any fish that may have washed up. Read about the return of the eagles, an environmental victory in my book, The Dynamic Great Lakes available where fine books are sold such as, Barnes & Noble etc. Also available for the Kindle reader.