Phenology and Climate Change

Changing Nature’s Clocks .. the idea seemed very appropriate for this day, when our clocks chane.  A well made video and informative article from our friends at NatureChange: “Each spring, people in Northwest Lower Michigan witness the emergence of wildflowers on the forest floor. Then, the buds of hardwood trees burst open, unfurling broad chartreuse leaves. These and other annual events in nature are timed to match the seasons, responding to the changing light, temperature and precipitation. So, what can such familiar natural events tell us about climate? If the climate is changing, can we see it in the responses of plants... Read more

Lord, is it time?

Lord, it is time. This was a very big summer. Lay your shadows over the sundial, and let the winds loose on the fields. Command the last fruits to be full; give them two more sunny days, urge them on to fulfillment and throw the last sweetness into the heavy wine. Who has no house now, will never build one. Whoever is alone now, will long remain so, Will watch, read, write long letters and will wander in the streets, here and there restlessly, when the leaves blow. Read more

Protecting Michigan’s Inland Lakes: A Toolkit for Local Governments

I encourage everyone to have a look at a new publication entitled Protecting Michigan’s Inland Lakes: A Toolkit for Local Governments, from Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc.  This comprehensive guide for successfully navigating the myriad of local township rules and regulations is an invaluable resource.  Also important is the “sister publication” of the Toolkit, Protecting Michigan’s Inland Lakes: A Guide for Local Governments, which is admittedly quite confusing due to the similarity of the titles. Nevertheless, these are wonderful documents and very clearly laid out. Also available for purchase is a new book Michigan Lake Associations – The Nuts and Bolts, which bills... Read more

Rowing at Fountain Point on a blustery Saturday morning in October

I had a chance to see some stellar rowing skills on display at Fountain Point here on this early Saturday morning in October.  The wind was whipping up a choppy mess, straight out of the south, and of course you have to turn left (port) to get to the dock, and you have to go backwards in all cases.  Turning left while facing backwards is one thing, but going crossways into the waves is another .. but that’s part of the deal too.  Watch closely and you will see the ladies “check” their oars on the port (left) side to... Read more

John Lutchko, Freshwater Advocate

You’ll find a great story on our own John Lutchko in today’s Record Eagle: “John Lutchko always knew his career would be centered on water. He grew up across from Grand Traverse Bay and spent as much time on Lake Leelanau as possible, visiting his grandparents’ cottage in the summer. Lutchko wanted to take his education further after graduating from Northwestern Michigan College’s freshwater studies program — and Western Michigan University offered him the solution.” Read more here. Read more

Michigan Shoreland Stewards

We our pleased to announce our affiliation with Michigan Shoreland Stewards, a program which provides recognition for lakefront property owners who are protecting inland lakes through best management practices on their property. Become a Michigan Shoreland Steward! Each year more and more lake front properties are being developed and natural lakefront habitats are becoming scarce. With the decline in lakeshore habitat, lakes are being negatively impacted. Animals such as birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish are losing important breeding and feeding areas, and the overall health of our lakes is in trouble. Lakefront property owners can change this trend through the... Read more

Legacy Event, 2016

In the end, the rain held off for just long enough and we had a wonderful gathering!  The 2016 Legacy Event was held on Saturday, August 27th at the lakeside home of the Alpaughs, near Neddows Bay.  We had a great turnout and would like to thank the Alpaughs for hosting us in such a congenial setting. The Legacy Event is open to all Kayakers, Runabouts, and Cruisers, and is planned, catered and run by our dedicated board. President Nick Fleezanis thanked the many committee members for their planning and organization.  Nick also presented Wayne Wunderlich with a Gene Rantz giclee print of... Read more

Acoustics in the Water

Exploring the Hearing of Freshwater Fish Water is a carrier for many forms of sound. Some sounds vary in frequency; others have a range of volume measured in decibels (intensity and power). When one travels one cannot help but ask the question, “What impact does the boating equipment I own make?” Dr. Arthur Popper, who is the Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland, forwarded some articles to me to learn more about acoustics in water. These articles were studies on mid-frequency sonar, pile driving, and air guns, focusing on the impacts of sound on salmon, striped bass, rainbow trout, and... Read more

Meet Jeff Green

Introducing Jeff Green – Leland Township Representative Jeff was born in Lakewood, Ohio, and grew up there, in suburban Detroit, and suburban Chicago. He attended the University of Illinois where he earned a B.S. and Ph.D. in Economics. Upon completion of his graduate work he married the beautiful Susan Dunn and joined the faculty at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana (IU). Apart from time in Washington, D.C., on the senior staff of the Council of Economic Advisers and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Jeff spent his entire career as a faculty member and administrator in... Read more