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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Bug Camp

Glen D. Young - June 28th, 2010
Bug Camp: U-M Biological Station celebrates 100 years of investigating nature
By Glen Young
A centennial celebration is always an auspicious anniversary. This is
certainly true on the shores of Douglass Lake in northern Emmet County
where the University of Michigan Biological Station recently
celebrated 100 years of scientific inquiry.
To mark the milestone, station director Knute Nadlehoffer and two
colleagues edited “The Changing Environment of Northern Michigan.”
Subtitled “A Century of Science and Nature at the University of
Michigan Biological Station,” editors Nadlehoffer, Alan Hogg, and
Brian Hazlett have collected the work of myriad experts in various
fields of study who have worked at the biological station. There are
chapters on the developing forests, the rivers and lake, as well as
entries on the flora and fauna found in northern Michigan.
“About five years before our centennial we started planning centennial
events and we decided that one useful outcome would be a book,”
Nadlehoffer says. He and his collaborators recognized that the work
done at the place sometimes known by insiders as “bug camp,” had been
written about before. “There have been thousands of peer reviewed
journal papers written about the work done at the biological station,
but there had never been a volume that explained to non-scientists
what we do.”

A GOOD READ
A primary goal of the work was to make the reading accessible to those
with limited scientific backgrounds. “In the back of our minds it was
to be a kind of field guide,” says co-editor Hogg. In addition, while
he admits each chapter could be turned into a complete field guide of
its own.
“The book is like 21 field trips you would take with people who know
something about their subject matter,” Nadlehoffer says.
So what have scientists and other observers learned over a century of
research on Douglass Lake and the surrounding vicinity?
“Because human life-spans are relatively short, it’s hard to sense
change, so people who are new to the north often don’t appreciate the
landscape that is recovering from a major disturbance,” Nadlehoffer
says, referring to the clear cutting that was common at the end of the
19th century.
“There’s really nothing pristine about it,” he says of the northern
environment, even in remote Emmet County, where development has been
less aggressive than in more urban areas. Even so, the development of
the lakeshore is another interest of the scientists. “The biological
station is an incredibly valuable resource for studying the interface
of land and water, says Nadlehoffer.
“You can see what happens when you don’t have cottage development
versus the places that have been developed,” Hogg adds.

10,000 ACRES
The biological station sits on approximately 10,000 acres in northeast
Emmet County, between Petoskey and Cheboygan. Each year students from
the University of Michigan and elsewhere gather to do field work and
research. The work is conducted in the woods, along Douglass Lake,
and in the nearby Maple River. The biological station also owns more
than 3,000 acres on Sugar Island just outside Sault Ste Marie.
In mid-summer, the camp is home to more than 250 people, representing
every group from undergraduate students through post-doctoral fellows
and professors, as well as visiting faculty from a variety of other
educational institutions.
On a typical day recently, Guy Meadows, professor of engineering at
the University of Michigan, was working along the shore with his team
of researchers on their “flying fish,” a robotically controlled
airplane with a wingspan of approximately eight feet that serves as a
weather buoy when it lands on water.
“The goal is to build an ocean monitoring buoy that can persist a long
time without human intervention,” Meadows says. The plane, with
monitoring equipment on board, is solar powered, and can withstand two
cloudy days, Meadows says. “The goal is for the plane to absorb
enough energy in the daytime to operate at night.”
On this day, under dark clouds, the plane took off quickly, droned
overhead, then splashed into the choppy waters 200 yards off shore.
Dubbed a “robotic pelican,” Meadows says the group wants the plane to
“autonomously land, then like a pelican, pop up and autonomously fly.”
The researchers, who have been working on the project for more than
two years, have obtained clearance from the Federal Aviation
Administration so the plane can fly in “watch circles,” on Douglass
Lake as well as Grand Traverse Bay.

LECTURE SERIES
Across the narrow gravel road from Meadows and his group, Dr. Scott
Heron from Ferris State University, and his assistant Matt Pierle were
conducting a class in ethno botany in one of the camp’s rustic
classroom buildings. Their students worked on constructing small
containers out of birch bark and sweet grass, as well as using a
variety of plants to create natural dyes. “Our students learn to
sustainably interact with the landscape,” Heron says. “They learn
field skills as well as cultural skills.”
Throughout the summer, the biological station hosts a free lecture
series that is open to the public. This year’s topics range from
“Parasites: A User’s Guide,” to “How the Baltimore Oriole Helped Lead
Us Astray.” The University of Michigan Biological Station is located
at 9133 Biological Rd, Pellston, MI. A full list of events and
contact information can be found at www.lsa.umich.edu/umbs/

 
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