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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Taking Flight

Birding events and new trails expand northern Michigan’s wings

Bekah Klarr - May 19th, 2014  

As waves of songbirds wash over Northern Michigan backyards, woods, and fields, eager birders are settling in and enjoying the show.

Just in time, several organizations have built new birding trails and are hosting events planned to take advantage of peak viewing season.

WEEKLY BIRDING

The Petoskey Regional Audubon Society (PRAS) is hosting weekly gatherings throughout the month to focus on sparrow identification.

PRAS President Darrell Lawson says the events have gone well in spite of poor weather, with participants identifying 36 species during one recent gathering.

“May is a great month for birding simply because it is the month when the most spring migrants return to or pass through the area,” he said. “In spring, they tend to be in their fresh breeding plumage, which, in many species, can be quite stunning.”

PRAS is also hosting early morning walks on Tuesdays and Thursdays in May; more upcoming events are posted on the group’s Facebook page and at petoskeyaudubon.org.

BEAVER ISLAND BIRDING TRAIL

The new and highly anticipated Beaver Island Birding Trail will be dedicated May 23-25. As the largest island in Lake Michigan, Beaver Island provides birders the opportunity to view a large variety of bird types, especially during the migratory season.

Encompassing more than 12,000 acres of land, the Beaver Island Birding Trail includes 35 specific sites along with a trail checklist. White trail signs at each site indicate car viewing sites; orange signs signal birders to get out and explore various trails.

The dedication weekend is packed with speakers, events, fieldtrips, and an art show. All events are free and open to the public but many of the field trips and seminars require registration. Registration and more are at beaverislandbirdingtrail.org.

LEELANAU PENINSULA BIRDING FESTIVAL

Another anticipated event this month is the fourth annual Leelanau Peninsula Birding Festival, May 28-June 1 in Lake Leelanau. Hosted by the Leelanau Chamber of Commerce, the festival includes a field trip to observe the golden-winged warbler and the rare Kirtland’s warbler.

Festival attendees can also take a tall ship trip to the Gull Island Preserve, just west of Beaver Island. Gull Island is closed to the public but many nesting sites and birds will be viewable from the ship. Potential sightings include Caspian terns and blue-winged teals. A birding workshop for beginners is also available during the weekend. Advanced registration is required for all events during the Leelanau Peninsula Birding Festival.

For more, visit mibirdfest.com or call the Leelanau Chamber of Commerce at (231) 994-2202.

 
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